Friday, April 2, 2010

Melissa Kwasny, Dick Miles, and Sarah Gridley reading on April 19th!

An Evening of Poetry featuring visiting poets Melissa Kwasny and Dick Miles
& CWRU assistant professor of creative writing, Sarah Gridley
Monday, April 19, 2010
8:00-9:30 p.m.
Guilford Parlor

Melissa Kwasny is the author of four books of poetry: The Nine Senses (forthcoming 2011, Milkweed Editions), Reading Novalis in Montana (Milkweed 2009), Thistle (Lost Horse Press 2006), and The Archival Birds (Bear Star Press 2000). She is the editor of Toward the Open Field: Poets on the Art of Poetry 1800-1950 (Wesleyan University Press 2004) and co-editor with M.L. Smoker of I Go to the Ruined Place: Contemporary Poems in Defense of Global Human Rights (Lost Horse Press 2009). Her poems have appeared in many journals, including Three Penny Review, Willow Springs, Kenyon Review, Ploughshares, Bellingham Review, Boston Review, Interim, Cerise Press, Columbia: A Journal of Art and Poetry, and many more.She holds a M.F.A. from the University of Montana and lives on Prickly Pear Creek outside of Jefferson City, Montana.

Richard Miles was born in 1945, grew up in southern Vermont and graduated from The University of Vermont and the Iowa Writers Workshop. He co-founded the Aspen Writers Conference in 1975, teaching there for three summers, then moved on to teach English at The University of Arizona in Tucson. From 1978-1983 he and Mary Jarrett published The Evener, a draft horse magazine, and during that time he began building stone walls which inspired his career as a stone mason and sculptor, specializing in landscape features which led most recently to an installation at The Guggenheim Museum. His book, Boat of Two Shores, came out in 2007 with The University of Maine at Machias Press. He lives "off the land" as much as possible in downeast Maine with Susan Hammond, a painter.

Sarah Gridley is the author of two books of poetry: Weather Eye Open (University of California Press, 2005), and Green is the Orator (forthcoming from the University of California Press April 2010). Her poems have appeared in various journals, including Crazyhorse, Denver Quarterly, Gulf Coast, jubilat, and New American Poetry. Recipient of a 2009 Individual Excellence Award from the Ohio Arts Council, and a 2010 Creative Workforce Fellowship from the Community Partnership for Arts and Culture, she is an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland.

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