Next Poison Pen, we’ll be racing at Thunder Road. We’ll be playing for pinks. T-birds will include Mike Scalise, Connie Voisine, and Sam Dinger. We think they’re pretty cool. We’d have Twinkies and wine with them any day. Join us Thursday, April 27th at 8:30 p.m. at Poison Girl.
Alas, it is graduation time at Rydell High. Our one and only Greg Oaks, co-founder of this entire series, and a man who has been with us for 10 years, is saying farewell to Poison Pen.
So join us for a big toast to Greg, #1 MC!
Mike Scalise is the author of THE BRAND NEW CATASTROPHE (Sarabande Books, 2017), which received the 2014 Christopher Doheny Prize from the Center for Fiction. His work has appeared in publications like the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Paris Review, Agni, and a few others. Mike has received awards, fellowships, and scholarships from Yaddo, Bread Loaf, Ucross, and was the Philip Roth Writer In Residence at Bucknell University a while back. Mike is also on the advisory board at 826DC.
Connie Voisine is the author of the forthcoming (fall 2015) book of poems, Calle Florista, from University of Chicago Press. Her previous book, Rare High Meadow of Which I Might Dream, also published by University of Chicago Press, was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Award. Her first book, Cathedral of the North, won the Associated Writing Program’s Award in Poetry. She has poems published in The Georgia Review, Ploughshares, Poetry Magazine, Black Warrior Review, The Threepenny Review, and elsewhere. Educated at Yale University, University of California at Irvine, and University of Utah, Voisine teaches in the creative writing program at New Mexico State University and also coordinates La Sociedad para las Artes, its outreach organization.
Sam Dinger is from Arkansas. He is an MFA fiction student at the UH Creative Writing Program and an Inprint C. Glenn Cambor/Michael and Nina Zilkha Fellow. He loves food, the outdoors, travel, and teaching. He’s working on a collection of short stories, a novel, and essays.