Come hear four outstanding poets present their work. A book signing will follow the reading.
Michelle Y. Burke earned her BA from Loyola University Maryland, her MFA from the Ohio State University, and her PhD from the University of Cincinnati. Her poetry has recently appeared in Poetry, American Literary Review, and The Offending Adam. She has received two Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Prizes and fellowships from the MacDowell Colony and the Vermont Studio Center. Her chapbook, Horse Loquela, was published by the Alabama School of Fine Arts. She teaches at Hostos Community College in the Bronx. Michelle was the winner of the Cultural Center’s 2014 National Poetry Competition.
Nickole Brown’s books include her debut, Sister, a novel-in-poems, the anthology, Air Fare, that she co-edited with Judith Taylor. Her upcoming collection, Fanny Says, will be published by BOA Editions in 2015. She graduated from The Vermont College of Fine Arts and was the editorial assistant for the late Hunter S. Thompson. She has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Kentucky Foundation for Women, and the Kentucky Arts Council. She worked at the independent, literary press, Sarabande Books, for ten years and was the National Publicity Consultant for Arktoi Books. She has taught creative writing at the University of Louisville, Bellarmine University, and at the low-residency MFA Program in Creative Writing at Murray State. Her work has appeared in Bloom Magazine, The Los Angeles Review, Post Road, Diagram Magazine, The Oxford American, and StorySouth. Currently, she is the Editor for the Marie Alexander Series in Prose Poetry and lives in Little Rock, AR, where she is the Assistant Professor of poetry at University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Nickole was the winner of the Cultural Center’s 2013 National Poetry Competition.
Jessica Jacobs grew up in Central Florida and has since lived in San Francisco and New York, with stints in Greece, Indiana, and Arkansas along the way. Her work has appeared in Beloit Poetry Journal, Cave Wall, Iron Horse, The Missouri Review, Poet Lore, and Rattle, among other journals and anthologies. She holds a B.A. from Smith College and an M.F.A. from Purdue University. An avid long-distance runner, Jessica has worked as a rock climbing instructor, bartender, textbook Acquisitions Editor, and Editor-in-Chief of Sycamore Review. Jessica is on the faculty of the Sewanee Young Writers Conference and, in Spring 2016, will be the Hendrix-Murphy Writer-in-Residence at Hendrix College. Pelvis With Distance is her debut collection.
Elizabeth Bradfield is the author of Interpretive Work (Arktoi Books/Red Hen Press, 2008), which won the Audre Lorde Award and was a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award, and Approaching Ice (Persea Books, 2010), a book of poems about Arctic and Antarctic exploration that was a finalist for the James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets. Her third collection, Once Removed, is forthcoming in 2015 from Persea. Bradfield's poetry has been published in The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, Poetry, Field, The Believer, Orion, and elsewhere. This Assignment is So Gay: LGBTIQ Poets on Teaching, Open the Door: How to Excite Young People About Poetry, The Ecopoetry Antholgoy, New Poets of the American West and other anthologies have included her work. She has been awarded fellowships and scholarships from Stanford University's Wallace Stegner Fellowship program, the Bread Loaf Writer's Conference, the Vermont Studio Center, and elsewhere.
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