January 2016 Reading!

By on January 17, 2016

January 28th 2016 @ 8:30 PM


It is a period of civil war or something? Rebel spaceships or whatever have like totally won their first victory against the evil Galactic Empire etc. etc. etc. But that has absolutely nothing to do with this month’s Poison Pen reading series, which features three writers who will LASER-CUT your ass with poems and prose from ANOTHER DIMENSION. Who’s your daddy, now?

KEVIN PRUFER is an American poet, academic, editor, and essayist. His most recent books are Churches (Four Way Books, 2014), In A Beautiful Country (Four Way Books, 2011) and National Anthem (Four Way Books, 2008). He has published poems, essays, and reviews in literary journals and magazines including The Paris Review, American Poetry Review, Poetry, A Public Space, AGNI, The New Republic, The Kenyon Review, Boston Review, Georgia Review, and in The Best American Poetry (2003 & 2009). His honors include three Pushcart Prizes, and awards from the Poetry Society of America, the Academy of American Poets, The Lannan Foundation, and a 2007 National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship in Poetry.

JONATHAN MOODY is a poet and professor. His first full-length collection, The Doomy Poems, deals with time and place through persona poems, and is described by Terrance Hayes as having an “innovative funkiness that transcends the ruckus and heartache of our modern world.” Moody’s second poetry collection, Olympic Butter Gold, won the 2014 Cave Canem Northwestern University Press Poetry Prize and will be published in summer this year. His poem “Dear 2Pac” appears in Issue 08 of The Common, and his “Portrait of Hermes as a B-Boy,” “Kleosphobia,” and “Paranoid,” have all been featured at The Common Online. – See more at:http://www.thecommononline.org/category/tags/jonathan-moody#sthash.hVjG3jbN.dpuf

JENI MCFARLAND is an M.F.A. in Fiction at the University of Houston. She serves as a fiction editor for Gulf Coast magazine. Her work has appeared in Crack the Spine, Forge, and Spry, which nominated her for the storySouth Million Writers Award.

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