2014-2015 Reading Series
George Bilgere teaches creative writing at John Carroll University. He has published five collections of poetry, most recently The White Museum (Autumn House Press, 2010) which was awarded the 2009 Autumn House Poetry Prize. He has won numerous awards, including the Midland Authors Award, the May Swenson Poetry Award for his collection Haywire (2006), and a Pushcart Prize.
Christopher Alex Chablé is a writer and translator living in St. Louis, Missouri. His work has appeared in Bad Shoe, Greenwood Press, and Indigenous Peoples Issues and Resources. He is the editor of Corazon Land Review, a journal of Midwest Latino literature.
Annie Christain is an assistant professor of composition at SUNY Cobleskill and an English PhD graduate from the University of South Dakota. Her poems have appeared in Seneca Review, The Chariton Review, and The Lifted Brow. She is a three-year recipient of the Gladys Hasse Poetry Award, and she received the 2007 and 2008 Jerry Bradley Award for Creative Writing, the grand prize of the 2013 Hart Crane Memorial Poetry Contest, and the 2013 Greg Grummer Poetry Award.
Aaron Coleman is a Fulbright Scholar and a graduate of Kalamazoo College in Psychology. He is from Metro-Detroit and has taught poetry in Kalamazoo, Chicago, Spain, and South Africa. He is currently a Chancellor's Graduate Fellow completing an MFA in the Creative Writing Program at Washington University St. Louis.
Anton DiSclafani is the author of The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls (Penguin 2013). She grew up in northern Florida where she competed nationally riding horses. She graduated from Emory University and received her MFA from Washington University, where she currently teaches creative writing.
Murray Farish's short stories have appeared in The Missouri Review, Epoch, Roanoke Review, and Black Warrior Review, among other publications. His work has been awarded the William Peden Prize, the Phoebe Fiction Prize, and the Donald Barthelme Memorial Fellowship Prize. Farish teaches writing and literature at Webster University. Inappropriate Behavior (Milkweed Editions, 2014) is his debut collection.
Sara Henning is the author of a full-length collection of poetry, A Sweeter Water (2013), as well as a chapbook, To Speak of Dahlias (2012). Her poetry, fiction, interviews, and book reviews have appeared or are forthcoming in such journals as Willow Springs, Bombay Gin, and Crab Orchard Review. She is currently a doctoral student in creative writing at the University of South Dakota and serves as Managing Editor for The South Dakota Review.
Rochelle Hurt is the author of a novel in poems, The Rusted City (White Pine, 2014). Her work has been included in Best New Poets 2013, Crab Orchard Review, Mid-American Review, and Kenyon Review Online. She lives in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Loosely Identified is a women's poetry writing group based in St. Louis, Missouri whose roots go back over forty years. They are, as their name implies, relatively free of structure and have nevertheless managed to continue through time and maintain a core sense of purpose and continuity.
Eric Lundgren was born in Cleveland and grew up in Minneapolis, Minnesota. His first novel is The Facades. He studied at Lewis & Clark College and received his MFA from the Writing Program at Washington University, where he was awarded a third-year fellowship. His work has appeared in Tin House, Quarterly West, and The Quarterly Conversation. He works at a 100-year-old public library in St. Louis.
Amit Majmudar is a novelist, poet, essayist, and diagnostic nuclear radiologist (M.D.). He writes and practices in Dublin, Ohio. His poems have appeared in The Antioch Review, Image, National Poetry Review, The New Yorker, among other publications. His novels include The Abundance (Picador, 2014) and Partitions (Metropolitan Books, 2011).
Sena Jeter Naslund is a winner of the Harper Lee Award and the Southeastern Library Association Fiction award. Her work has been reprinted in Australia and in the United Kingdom, where Ahab's Wife was a finalist for the Orange Prize, and translated into many languages including German, Hebrew, and Japanese. Other books by Naslund include The Fountain of St. James Court; or, Portrait of the Artist as an Old Woman: A Novel (William Morrow Paperbacks, 2014), Adam & Eve (HarperLuxe, 2010), and Four Spirits (William Morrow Paperbacks, 2004).
Jason Sommer was born in Brooklyn and raised in the Bronx. He received his BA from Brandeis University, his MA from Stanford, where he held the Mirrielees Fellowship in Poetry, and his Ph.D. from Saint Louis University. His poems have appeared in many magazines, including The New Republic, TriQuarterly, Ploughshares, Occident, and AGNI. His most recent volume of poetry is The Laughter of Adam and Eve (Southern Illinois University Press, 2013).
Phong Nguyen is the editor of Pleiades and teaches fiction-writing and literature at the University of Central Missouri. His first story collection, Memory Sickness (Elixir Press, 2011), won the Elixir Press Fiction Award. His second story collection is Pages from the Textbook of Alternate History (Queen's Ferry Press, 2014).
Kate Nurenberger is the author of Rag & Bone (Elixir Press, 2011), which was the winner of Elixir Press's Antivenom Prize. She teaches at University of Central Missouri, where she also serves of poetry editor of Pleiades. Her poems have appeared in journals such as West Branch and Copper Nickel.
Jennifer Percy is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, where she received a Truman Capote Fellowship in fiction. She has also received an Iowa Arts Fellowship from Iowa's Nonfiction Writing Program and is the winner of a Pushcart Prize and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Her debut novel is Demon Camp: A Soldier's Exorcism (Scribner, 2014). Her work has appeared in a number of magazines, including Harper's, The New Republic, and The Oxford American. She teaches writing at New York University.
Kiki Petrosino was born in Baltimore and received her BA from the University of Virginia. She spent two years teaching English and Italian at a private school, after which she earned graduate degrees from University of Chicago and the Iowa Writer's Workshop. Her debut collection, Fort Red Border (Sarabande Books, 2009) was praised by The Believer and shortlisted for the 2009 Foreword Book of the Year in Poetry. Petrosino is the co-editor of Transom, an independent online poetry journal, and she teaches creative writing at the University of Louisville.
Lucinda Roy, Alumni Distinguished Professor in English, teaches fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction in the MFA program at Virginia Tech. A poet and novelist, her most recent book is a memoir-critique, No Right to Remain Silent: What We've Learned from the Tragedy at Virginia Tech (Three Rivers/Random House, 2010). Other novels include The Hotel Alleluia (HarperCollins Publishers, 2000), The Humming Birds: Poems (The Eighth Mountain Press, 1995), and Lady Moses: A Novel (Harper Perennial, 1999).
Virginia Slachman is the author of three collections of poetry and an award-winning chapbook. She is a former poetry editor of Aspen Anthology and associate director of the Aspen Writers Conference. Currently, she is Adjunct Professor of English at Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri. Her written works include The Lost Ode (Cooper Dorian Books, 2014), World of Mortal Light (Chatter House Press, 2013), and Many Brave Hearts (Chatter House Press, 2012).
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