March 16, 2021 @ 7:30pm
Sven Birkerts is a renowned literary critic, editor, reviewer, memoirist and essayist. He has edited AGNI since 1992. Among his fifteen books are the recent Changing the Subject: Art and Attention in the Internet Age (Graywolf Press, 2015), The Other Walk (Graywolf Press, 2011), Art of Time in Memoir: (Graywolf Press, 2008). His other books include The Gutenberg Elegies: The Fate of Reading in an Electronic Age (Faber &Faber), Readings (Graywolf Press, 1999), and his memoir My Sky Blue Trades: Growing Up Counter in a Contrary Time (Viking, 2002). He won the Citation for Excellence in Reviewing from the National Book Critics Circle and the Spielvogel-Diamonstein Award from PEN. Birkerts has reviewed regularly for The New York Times Book Review, The New Republic, The Yale Review, and other publications. He has taught writing at Harvard University, Emerson College, and Amherst and has been Briggs-Copeland lecturer in nonfiction at Harvard. He directed the Bennington Writing Seminars and has been a member of the core faculty since 1994.
April 1, 2021 @ 7:30pm
David Mills holds an MFA from Warren Wilson College and an MA from New York University, both in creative writing. He has published four collections: The Dream Detective, The Sudden Country, After Mistic, and the forthcoming collection Talking to the Bones. His poems have appeared in Ploughshares, Brooklyn Rail, Colorado Review, Crab Orchard Review, Jubilat, Callaloo, Obsidian, Brooklyn Rail, and Fence. He has also received fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, Breadloaf, The American Antiquarian Society, and the Lannan Foundation. He lived in Langston Hughes’ landmark Harlem home for three years (and as an actor performs a one-person show of Hughes’ works). He has also recorded his poetry on ESPN and RCA Records.
April 14, 2021 @ 7:30pm
Nahid RachlinPen Syndicated Fiction Project award. Rachlin’s books have been translated into multiple languages, and she has spoken widely at writers’ conferences, from Paris to Geneva to Taos. She has taught at Yale, Barnard College, Southampton College, and Warren Wilson and currently teaches creative writing at The New School.
Jaimee Wriston Colbert
November 4, 2020 @ 7:30pm
Jaimee Wriston Colbert is the author of the story collection Wild Things (BkMk Press 2016); Shark Girls (Livingston Press 2009); Dream Lives of Butterflies, which won the gold medal in the 2008 Independent Publisher Awards; Climbing the God Tree, winner of the Willa Cather Fiction Prize; and the story collection Sex, Salvation, and the Automobile, winner of the Zephyr Publishing Prize. She teaches in the Creative Writing Program at Binghamton University, State University of New York.
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October 22, 2020 @ 7:30pm
Beth Alvarado, who has written extensively about her experiences as a Euro- American woman marrying into a Mexican-American family, has spent most of her life in Arizona. Her essay collection Anxious Attachments, an Oregon Book Award winner, was long-listed for the PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Art of the Essay Award. Beth is also the author of Anthropologies: A Family Memoir, and the short story collection Not a Matter of Love.
October 8, 2020 @ 7:30pm
Roger W. Hecht's poetry has been published widely in literary journals including Diagram, Denver Quarterly, Puerto del Sol, and Sheila-na-gig. His poetry collections include Talking Pictures (Cervena Barva Press) and the recently released Witness Report (Finishing Line Press). He has also published two edited collections of historical writing: The Erie Canal Reader (Syracuse UP) and Freemen Awake: Rally Songs and Poems from New York's Anti-Rent Movement (DCHA Press). When he's not teaching literature and creative writing at SUNY Oneonta, he's playing drums with the blues band Off the Rails.
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Anthony Grooms is the author Bombingham: A Novel and Trouble No More: Stories, both winners of the Lillian Smith Book Award for fiction. He has taught writing and American literature at universities in Ghana and Sweden, and since 1994, at Kennesaw State University in Georgia. He has lectured widely on American literature and culture, especially on topics related to narrations that reflect on the American Civil Rights Movement. Grooms is a Fulbright Fellow, a Yaddo Fellow, a Hurston-Wright Foundation Legacy Award finalist, and an Arts Administration Fellow from the National Endowment for the Arts. His novel The Vain Conversation (2018) has earned honors from the Georgia Center for the Book, the Women’s National Book Association, the Trio Multi-Arts Program, and the Black Caucus of the American Library Association. For more about Grooms visit anthonygrooms.com.
Syrian-American Rana Bitar is a doctor by day and writer by night. Her memoir The Long Tale of Tears and Smiles (unpublished) and her 2019 collection of poems, A Loaf of Bread, embrace both the losses of her upbringing and home in Syria and struggles to make a new life in America. A practicing oncologist and hematologist, Rana earned her Master’s in English and Creative Writing from Southern New Hampshire University in 2017. Her poetry appeared in The Deadly Writers Patrol, DoveTales, Earthen Lamp Journal, Pittsburgh Poetry Review, and elsewhere. A Loaf Of Bread (Unsolicited Press 2019) was a finalist in the Concrete Wolf Chapbook Competition (2017), and won honorable mention in The Louis Award for poetry (2017).
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Alice Lichtenstein graduated from Brown University and received her MFA from Boston University where she was named the BU Fellow in Fiction. She has received a New York Foundation of the Arts Grant in Fiction and has twice been a fellow at the MacDowell Colony. Her novels include The Genius of the World and Lost, and, most recently, The Crime of Being, which has been nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.
Tom Holmes is the editor of Redactions: Poetry & Poetics and the author of three full-length collections of poetry, most recently The Cave(winner of The Bitter Oleander Press Library of Poetry Book Award for 2013), as well as four chapbooks. He graduated from SUNY Oneonta with a BS in English in 1992. His writings about wine, poetry book reviews, and poetry can be found at his blog, The Line Break: thelinebreak.wordpress.com/. Twitter: @TheLineBreak
Suzanne Cleary’s fourth poetry book, Crude Angel, was published in 2018 by BkMk Press (University of Missouri-Kansas City). Beauty Mark (BkMk 2013) won the John Ciardi Prize for Poetry. Recipient of a Pushcart Prize, her other awards include the Cecil Hemley Memorial Award of the Poetry Society of America, a fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts, and residencies at Yaddo and the MacDowell Colony. Her publication credits include the journals The Atlantic, Georgia Review, and Poetry London, and anthologies including Best American Poetry. Her website is <www.suzanneclearypoet.com>
Jim and Carol McCord
Jim McCord is an emeritus professor of English at Union College whose poems have appeared in a variety of literary journals and four books. Carol McCord is a lifelong hiker and former yoga instructor. Her photographs have been selected for exhibitions and publications in the United States and abroad.
Bertha Rogers is a poet, visual artist, and educator. Her published poetry collections include Wild, Again (Salmon, Ireland); Heart Turned Back (Salmon, Ireland); Even the Hemlock: Poems, Illuminations, Reliquaries; and several chapbooks. Her translation of the Anglo-Saxon epic poem Beowulf was published in 2000, and her translation with illuminations of the Anglo-SaxonRiddle-Poems from the Exeter Book, Uncommon Creatures, Singing Things, was out in 2019. In 1992, with her late husband, Ernest M. Fishman, she founded Bright Hill Press & Literary Center of the Catskills (http://www.brighthillpress.org), a literary organization; she retired as executive director in 2017.
Robert Bensen has published six collections of poetry, most recently Before (Five Oaks Press), and Orenoque, Wetumka & Other Poems (Bright Hill Press). Poems have appeared in Agni, Akwe:kon, Antioch Review, Callaloo, Caribbean Writer, Jamaica Journal, Native Realities, Paris Review, Partisan Review, Poetry Wales, Journal of Commonwealth Literature, Thomas Hardy Review, and many others. His work has earned an NEA poetry fellowship, the Robert Penn Warren Award, the Harvard Summer Poetry Prize, and Illinois Arts Council and NY State Council on the Arts awards. He has edited anthologies of Caribbean and Native American writing, including Children of the Dragonfly: Native American Voices on Child Custody and Education (Univ. of Arizona Press). He is Emeritus Professor of English at Hartwick College.
Damian McNicholl is an author and literary agent. His critically acclaimed first novel, A Son Called Gabriel was an American Booksellers Association Book Sense Pick and finalist in the Lambda Literary Awards, and Foreword Magazine Book of the Year Awards. His second novel Twisted Agendas is published by Legend Press in the UK. The Moment of Truth is published by Pegasus Books and was chosen as Houston Chronicle's 10 Books to Read. Damian has appeared on CBS, WYBE Public Television, National Public Radio and other media outlets in the United States and United Kingdom to discuss his work. He lives in Bucks County, Pennsylvania and is at work on a new novel.
Terry Roberts' direct ancestors have lived in the mountains of Western North Carolina since the time of the Revolutionary War. His debut novel, A Short Time to Stay Here, won the Willie Morris Award for Southern Fiction, and his second novel, That Bright Land, won the Thomas Wolfe Memorial Literary Award as well as the James Still Award for Writing about the Appalachian South. Both novels won the annual Sir Walter Raleigh Award for Fiction, given to the author of the best novel written by a North Carolinian. Born and raised near Weaverville, North Carolina, Roberts is the Director of the National Paideia Center and lives in Asheville, North Carolina.
Anna Moschovakis is a novelist, poet, and translator. She is the author most recently of the novel Eleanor, or, the Rejection of the Progress of Love (Coffee House Press, 2018). Her books of poetry include the James Laughlin award winning You and Three Others Are Approaching a Lake and They and We Will Get into Trouble for This. Her translations from French include works by Albert Cossery, Annie Ernaux, and the Algerian poet Samira Negrouche. A recipient of grants and fellowships from New York Foundation for the Arts, The Poetry Foundation, and Howard Foundation, and apexart, she has taught in the graduate writing programs at Bard, Pratt, and Columbia. She is a longtime member of the publishing collective Ugly Duckling Presse and co-founder of Bushel, an art and community space in Delhi, NY.
Jordan F. Smith
Jordan Smith is the author of seven books of poems, most recently Clare’s Empire, a fantasia on the life and work of John Clare from The Hydroelectric Press, and The Light in the Film, The Names of Things Are Leaving, and For Appearances, all from the University of Tampa Press. His earlier books appeared from Princeton University Press, Wesleyan University Press, and Copper Beech Press, and his chapbooks are from The Pudding Press, Right Hand Pointing, and Swan Scythe. His poems have been published in a wide range of literary journals, including Agni, Antaeus, Poetry, The Paris Review, and The Yale Review. he lives in upstate New York, where he is the Edward Everett Hale Jr., Professor of English at Union College.
Mecca Jamilah Sullivan
Mecca Jamilah Sullivan explores the intellectual, emotional, and bodily lives of young black women, through voice, music, and hip-hop-inflected magical realist techniques. She is the author of the short story collection Blue Talk and Love(Riverdale Ave 2015), a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award for fiction. She is the winner of the Charles Johnson Fiction Award, the James Baldwin Memorial Playwriting Award, and fellowships from Bread Loaf, Yaddo, the Center for Fiction, and the NEA.
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Ishion Hutchinson is the author of two poetry collections, Far District and House of Lords and Commons. The latter was recently awarded the 2017 National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry. Pulitzer Prize winning poet Henri Cole calls Hutchinson’s poetry “luxurious and stern at once. His hammered language has a jazzy, classical, rough, painterly beauty.” Hutchinson lives in Ithaca, NY, where he teaches in the graduate writing program at Cornell University.
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Bradley J. Fest and Julie Suarez Hayes
Bradley J. Fest is the assistant professor of English at Hartwick College. He is the author of two volumes of poetry, The Rocking Chair (Blue Sketch, 2015) and The Shape of Things (Salò, 2017), along with a number of essays on contemporary literature and culture. More information is available at bradleyjfest.com.
Julie Suarez Hayes has recently retired from Hartwick College where she was an Assistant Professor of English for thirty-four years. Her poems have appeared in Salmagundi, Phoebe, Women’s Voices of the 20th Century, La Presa, The Traveler’s Vade Mecum, and the New York Times Sunday Magazine. Her chapbook, It Does Not, was published by Bright Hill Press in 2006.