Red Dragon Reading Series

2023-2024 Series

Winners of the 2024 Harry Bloom and Lawrence B. Goodrich Writing Awards

John Hoppenthaler’s books of poetry are Night Wing over Metropolitan Area, Domestic Garden, Anticipate the Coming Reservoir, and Lives of Water, all with Carnegie Mellon University Press. With Kazim Ali, he has co-edited a volume of essays on the poetry of Jean Valentine, This-World Company. He teaches at East Carolina University.

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Angela Jackson-Brown is an award-winning writer, poet and playwright who is an Associate Professor in the creative writing program at Indiana University in Bloomington. She also teaches in the graduate program at the Naslund-Mann Graduate School of Writing at Spalding University in Louisville, KY. She is the author of Drinking From a Bitter Cup, House Repairs, When Stars Rain Down and The Light Always Breaks. In October of 2023, Angela’s next novel, Homeward, a follow-up to When Stars Rain Down, was published by Harper Muse.

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Calvin Walds is a writer, educator, and sound and image-maker, originally from Detroit, Michigan, whose work engages global movement, connection, and resistance in lyrical, theoretical, and political modes. He has published writing in No, Dear, African-American Review, Hyperallergic, Callaloo Journal, The Yale Review, Second Factory, Ctrl-V Journal, DIAGRAM, and the Black Warrior Review. He won the 2020 Split/Lip Press hybrid/nonfiction chapbook prize for Flee, published in April 2021. He is a Ph.D. student in Geography at Rutgers-New Brunswick and holds an MFA in Cross-Genre Writing (focus on poetics) from UCSD. His current writing project continues in his investigation of fugitivity as an artistic practice and practice of resistance, of Black experimental and electronic music, and of the painter Beauford Delaney’s engagement with figuration and abstraction.

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Mark S. Ferrara is author of seven books, including Palace of Ashes (Johns Hopkins UP), Sacred Bliss (Rowman & Littlefield), American Community (Rutgers UP), and The Raging Erie (forthcoming with Columbia UP). His recent work of creative nonfiction, Living the Food Allergic Life (Top Light Books), chronicles the everyday challenges of living with life-threatening allergies to food. Ferrara has taught in South Korea, in China, and in Turkey on a Fulbright fellowship and has published fourteen peer-reviewed articles on literary and cultural studies. He was appointed Visiting Scholar in the Department of English at University of California, Berkeley during the spring 2015 semester.

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Raul Palma is the author of the novel, A Haunting in Hialeah Gardens. His short story collection In This World of Ultraviolet Light won the 2021 Don Belton Prize. His writing has appeared in Alaska Quarterly Review, The Greensboro Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, and elsewhere. He teaches fiction at Ithaca College, where he is the associate dean of faculty in the School of Humanities and Sciences.

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Raul Palma

Jessica Cuello’s most recent book is Yours, Creature (JackLeg Press, 2023). Her book Liar, selected by Dorianne Laux for The 2020 Barrow Street Book Prize, was honored with The Eugene Nassar Prize, The CNY Book Award, a finalist nod for The Housatonic Book Award, and a longlist mention for The Julie Suk Award. Cuello is also the author of Hunt (The Word Works, 2017) and Pricking (Tiger Bark Press, 2016). Cuello has been awarded The 2022 Nina Riggs Poetry Prize, two CNY Book Awards, The 2016 Washington Prize, The New Letters Poetry Prize, a Saltonstall Fellowship, and The New Ohio Review Poetry Prize. She is poetry editor at Tahoma Literary Review and teaches French in CNY.

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Watch Jessica read from her book "Yours, Creature".

Jessica Cuello
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