River Styx at the Tavern Reading Series
Annie Finch is the author or editor of fifteen books of poetry, translation, and criticism, including the newly released Spells: New and Selected Poems. She is a Senior Fellow at the Black Earth Institute, artist-in-residence at Cherry Hill Seminary, and a recipient of the Robert Fitzgerald Award and the Sarasvati Award. She currently lives in Maine where she directs Stonecoast, the low-residency MFA program at the University of Southern Maine.
Joe Schuster is the author of The Might Have Been. His short fiction, two of which have been cited among the "distinguished stories" in Best American Short Stories, has appeared in The Iowa Review, The Kenyon Review, Missouri Review, New Virginia Review, Five Chapters, Western Humanities Review, Marlboro Review, and 108. He currently lives outside St. Louis and teaches at Webster University.
John Dalton is the author of The Inverted Forest and Heaven Lake, which won the Barnes and Noble 2004 Discover Award in fiction and the Sue Kaufman Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop and has held fellowships at The Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown and The MacDowell Colony. He currently lives in St. Louis, where he directs the MFA program at the University of Missouri – St. Louis.
Holly Goddard Jones is the author of Girl Trouble and The Next Time You See Me. Her stories have been anthologized in Best American Mystery Stories and New Stories from the South, and published in Tin House, Epoch, The Southern Review, The Gettysburg Review, The Kenyon Review, Shenandoah, and The Hudson Review. She received the 2007 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers' Award and the 2013 Hillsdale Award for Fiction. She currently teaches at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
Katy Didden is the author of The Glacier's Wake, winner of the Lena-Miles Wever Todd Prize. Her poems and reviews appear in journals such as Ecotone, Bat City Review, The Kenyon Review, and the Best New Poets Anthology. She won the Beulah Rose prize, three Dorothy Sargent Awards, and an Academy of American Poets Prize. Next year she will be a Hodder Fellow at Princeton University.
Chinelo Okparanta is the author of Happiness, Like Water and currently an Olive B. O'Connor Fellow in Fiction at Colgate University. She has stories in Granta, The Kenyon Review, The Southern Review, The Iowa Review, Conjunctions, Subtropics, and The Coffin Factory. In 2012, she served as the Provost's Visiting Writer in Fiction at the University of Iowa and was nominated for the United States Artists Fellowship in Literature. She teaches at the University of Iowa.
Debra Marquart is the author of two poetry collections: Everything's a Verb and From Sweetness. Her work has appeared in The North American Review, Threepenny Review, New Letters, River City, Crab Orchard Review, Cumberland Poetry Review, The Sun Magazine, Southern Poetry Review, Orion, Mid-American Review and Witness. She is the winner of the John Guyon Nonfiction Award, the Mid-American Review Nonfiction Award, The Headwater's Prize, the Minnesota Voices Award, the Pearl Poetry Award, the Shelby Foote Prize for the Essay, and a Pushcart Prize. She currently teaches at Iowa State University and the University of Southern Maine.
Michael Mlekoday is the author of The Dead Eat Everything, winner of the 2012 Stan and Tom Wick Poetry Prize. He won the National Poetry Slam in 2009 as a member of the St. Paul team and returned the following year to coach the team to its second championship. He serves as Poetry Editor of Indiana Review, and his poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Ninth Letter, RHINO, Hayden's Ferry Review, Anti-, Muzzle Magazine, and other journals.
Kerry James Evans holds a PhD in English from Florida State University and an MFA in creative writing from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. His poems have been published in Agni, Beloit Poetry Journal, Narrative, New England Review, North American Review, Ploughshares, Prairie Schooner, and many other journals. He is the author of Bangalore (Copper Canyon Press, 2013).
Gary Fincke has published 25 books of poetry, short fiction, and nonfiction, and is the winner of the 2003 Flannery O'Connor Prize for Short Fiction for his collection Sorry I Worried You. He has received the Pushcart Prize, the George Garrett Fiction Prize, the Lewis Prize for Nonfiction, the Stephen F. Austin Poetry Prize, the Bess Hokin Prize, the Rose Lefcowitz Prize, and a PEN Syndicated Fiction Prize. His work has been anthologized in The Pushcart Essays and cited in Best American Essays, Best American Stories, the O. Henry Awards, and Pushcart Prize volumes. He currently teaches at Susquehanna University and directs The Writers Institute.
Jazzy Danziger's debut collection, Darkroom, is the winner of the 2012 Brittingham Prize in Poetry. Danziger studied at Washington University in St. Louis and the University of Virginia, where she was a Henry Hoyns/Poe-Faulkner Fellow in poetry and the editor of Meridian. She currently serves as editor for the Best New Poets anthology. She was raised in Maitland, Florida, and lives in St. Louis, Missouri.
Thomas Lux has taught at the Universities of Iowa, Michigan, and California at Irvine, and many others. His most recent books of poetry include God Particles: Poems, The Cradle Place, The Street of Clocks, New and Selected Poems, and 1975-1995, which was a finalist for the 1998 Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize. He has been a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Award in Poetry and has received three National Endowment for the Arts grants and a Guggenheim Fellowship. He currently serves as the Bourne Chair in Poetry at the Georgia Institute of Technology.
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