Come to the Word Barn to enjoy these four voices!
Friday, July 12, 7 pm (doors at 6:30)
$5 suggested donation
wine/beer/cider (by donation)
Martín Espada has published almost twenty books as a poet, editor, essayist and translator. His latest collection of poems is called Vivas to Those Who Have Failed. Other books of poems include The Trouble Ball, The Republic of Poetry, Alabanza,, Imagine the Angels of Bread and City of Coughing and Dead Radiators. His many honors include the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, the Shelley Memorial Award, the Robert Creeley Award, an Academy of American Poets Fellowship, the PEN/Revson Fellowship and a Guggenheim Fellowship. The Republic of Poetry was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. A former tenant lawyer, Espada is a professor of English at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.
Adrianne Finlay’s debut novel, Your One And Only, was a Hal Clement Notable Young Adult Book and was selected by Kirkus as a Best YA Science Fiction of 2018 as well as a Best Young Adult Book of 2018. She received her PhD in literature and creative writing from Binghamton University. Originally from Ithaca, New York, she now lives in Iowa with her husband and their two young daughters. She is an associate professor of English and the Program Director of Creative Writing at Upper Iowa University in Fayette, Iowa. Her work has appeared in Paterson Literary Review, New Linear Perspectives, the Journal of Popular Culture, and elsewhere. When she’s not writing, reading, or grading, she’s making soap to sell locally, raising money for type 1 diabetes research.
J. D. Schraffenberger is editor of the North American Review and Professor of English at the University of Northern Iowa. He is the author of two books of poems, Saint Joe’s Passion and The Waxen Poor. He is the winner of the Seattle Review Poetry Prize, the Birmingham Poetry Review Collins Prize, and the Arkana Nonfiction Contest. His other work has appeared in Best Creative Nonfiction, Brevity, Mid-American Review, Notre Dame Review, Poetry East, Prairie Schooner, and elsewhere.
Lauren Marie Schmidt is the author of four collections of poetry: Two Black Eyes and a Patch of Hair Missing; The Voodoo Doll Parade, selected for the Main Street Rag Author’s Choice Chapbook Series; and Psalms of The Dining Room, a sequence of poems about her volunteer experience at a soup kitchen in Eugene, Oregon. Her fourth collection, Filthy Labors, was released 2017 by Northwestern University Press. Schmidt is currently at work on a Young Adult novel.
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