This event features readings by contributors to the multi-genre anthology They Said (Black Lawrence Press). Join assistant editor Sally Ashton for an evening of readings from Kelli Russell Agodon, Elizabeth J. Colen, Carol Guess, Rae Liberto, Kelly Magee, Brenda Miller, Michael Schmeltzer, Martha Silano, Molly Tenenbaum, Molly Thornton, and Jeff Whitney.
Kelli Russell Agodon is the author of six books and is the cofounder of Two Sylvias Press where she works as an editor and book cover designer. Her most recent book, Hourglass Museum, was a Finalist for the Washington State Book Awards and shortlisted for the Julie Suk Poetry Prize, and second book, Letters from the Emily Dickinson Room was chosen for the Foreword Book of the Year Prize for poetry. Kelli is also the Co-Director of Poets on the Coast, a yearly writing retreat for women that takes place in La Conner, Washington. She is an avid paddleboarder and hiker who has a fondness for vinyl records and hammocks. She lives in a sleepy seaside town a floating bridge and a ferry ride away from Seattle. www.agodon.com / www.twosylviaspress.com
Sally Ashton is the author of Some Odd Afternoon (BlazeVOX, 2010), Her Name Is Juanita (Kore Press, 2009), and These Metallic Days (Mainstreet Rag, 2005). She is Editor-in-Chief of DMQ Review, an online journal featuring poetry and art. Honors include an artist’s fellowship from Arts Council Silicon Valley and a residency fellowship from Montalvo Arts Center. She served as the second Poet Laureate of Santa Clara County (Silicon valley), 2011-2013. Work appears in several anthologies including Fish Anthology: First Prize Fish Flash Fiction. She teaches creative writing and composition at San José State University and has taught a wide variety of workshops including in Disquiet: International Literary Program in Lisbon, Portugal.
Carol Guess is the author of nineteen books of poetry and prose, including Darling Endangered, Doll Studies: Forensics, and Tinderbox Lawn. In 2014 she was awarded the Philolexian Award for Distinguished Literary Achievement by Columbia University. A frequent collaborator, she teaches in the MFA program at Western Washington University.
Rachel Neff has written poetry since elementary school and has notebooks full of half-written novels. She earned her doctorate in Spanish literature and holds an MFA in poetry. Her work has been published in JuxtaProse Magazine and Crab Fat Magazine. Her poetry chapbook The Haywire Heart and Other Musings on Love is available from Finishing Line Press.
Michael Schmeltzer was born in Japan and eventually moved to the US. He is the author of Blood Song, a Washington State Book Award finalist in poetry, and A Single Throat Opens, a collaborative exploration of addiction, family, and childhood. His work can be found in Black Warrior Review, Water~Stone Review, Mid-American Review, Poetry Northwest, and Split Lip Magazine, among others.
Martha Silano is the author of four full-length poetry collections, including Reckless Lovely (Saturnalia Books, 2014) and The Little Office of the Immaculate Conception (Saturnalia Books, 2011). She co-edited, with Kelli Russell Agodon, The Daily Poet: Day-By-Day Prompts For Your Writing Practice. Her poems have recently appeared or will be out soon in Poetry, Notre Dame Review, New England Review, and Cincinnati Review, among others. Gravity Assist, her fifth collection, will release from Saturnalia Books in early 2019.
Molly Tenenbaum is the author of four books of poems: Mytheria (Two Sylvias, 2017), The Cupboard Artist (Floating Bridge, 2012), Now (Bear Star, 2007), and By a Thread (Van West & Co, 2000). Her chapbook/artist book, Exercises to Free the Tongue (2014), a collaboration with artist Ellen Ziegler, combines poems with archival materials about ventriloquism. Her poems have appeared in The Beloit Poetry Journal, Best American Poetry, New England Review, Poetry, Poetry Northwest, Prairie Schooner, and elsewhere. Her recordings of old-time Appalachian banjo are Instead of a Pony and Goose & Gander. She lives in Seattle, teaching at North Seattle College and Dusty Strings Music School.
Elizabeth J. Colen is most recently the author of fiction collaboration True Ash (Black Lawrence Press, 2018). Other books include poetry collections Money for Sunsets (Lambda Literary Award finalist in 2011) and Waiting Up for the End of the World: Conspiracies, flash fiction collection Dear Mother Monster, Dear Daughter Mistake, long poem / lyric essay hybrid The Green Condition, and novel in poems What Weaponry. Nonfiction editor at Tupelo Press and freelance editor/manuscript consultant, she teaches at Western Washington University.
Kelly Magee is the author of Body Language, winner of the Katherine Anne Porter Prize for short fiction, The Neighborhood (Gold Wake Press), as well as several collaborative works, including With Animal (Black Lawrence Press), written with Carol Guess. Her work has appeared in Granta, Gulf Coast, Kenyon Review, Crazyhorse, Booth, and others. She teaches in the queer studies and creative writing programs at Western Washington University and can be found at kellyelizabethmagee.com.
Brenda Miller is the author of five essay collections, most recently An Earlier Life (Ovenbird Books, 2016). She also co-authored Tell It Slant: Creating, Refining and Publishing Creative Nonfiction and The Pen and The Bell: Mindful Writing in a Busy World. Her work has received six Pushcart Prizes. She is a Professor of English at Western Washington University, and associate faculty at the Rainier Writing Workshop. Her website is www.brendamillerwriter.com.
Jeff Whitney is the author of The Tree With Lights in it, available from Thrush Press, while Radio Silence (Black Lawrence Press) and Smoke Tones (Phantom Books) were co-written with poet Philip Schaefer. He lives in Portland, where he teaches English.
Molly Thornton writes from the femmiverse, influenced by female friendships, queer love, and life’s gritty magic. Her work appears in The Leveller, The Seattle Globalist, Lavender Review, and baldhip magazine. She is a Lambda Literary Emerging Writers Fellow.