Join us for a reading by poets Judith Skillman and Michael Spence!
Judith Skillman has published several poetry collections, among them Prisoner of the Swifts (Ahadada Books, 2009), which was a finalist for the Washington State Book Award. Her new book is Kafka’s Shadow, Deerbrook Editions. Skillman’s work has appeared in Prairie Schooner, Seneca Review, Cimarron Review, Shenandoah, Zyzzyva, FIELD, and The Bloomsbury Anthology of Contemporary Jewish American Poets, among others. She was a Jack Straw fellow in poetry for 2010, and in fiction for 2013. Awards include an Eric Mathieu King Fund grant from the Academy of American Poets. She has done collaborative translations from French, Portuguese, and Macedonian. A few of the latter, by poet Jovica Eternijan, are forthcoming in Ezra, Cornell University’s Magazine. For more please visit www.judithskillman.com.
Michael Spence drove public-transit buses in the Seattle area for thirty years, a job he retired from on Valentine’s Day, 2014. His poems have appeared recently in The Hudson Review, The New Criterion, Poetry Daily, The Sewanee Review, and Tar River Poetry. In 2014, he was awarded a Literary Fellowship from Artist Trust. His fifth book, Umbilical, won the 2015 New Criterion Poetry Prize and was published last year by St. Augustine’s Press.