Join us for an evening of poetry and prose with Molly Spencer, Catherine Barnett & Jen Soriano on Friday October 11th at 7pm!
Molly Spencer’s recent poetry has appeared in Blackbird, FIELD, New England Review, Ploughshares, and Prairie Schooner. Her critical writing has appeared or is forthcoming at Colorado Review, The Georgia Review, Kenyon Review online, and The Rumpus. Her debut poetry collection, If the House, won the 2019 Brittingham Prize judged by Carl Phillips. A second collection, Relic and the Plum, won the 2019 Crab Orchard Open Competition judged by Allison Joseph, and is forthcoming from Southern Illinois University Press in fall 2020. She is a poetry editor at The Rumpus and teaches at the University of Michigan.
Catherine Barnett is the author of three collections, Human Hours (winner of the 2018 Believer Book Award in Poetry, a New York Times “Best Poetry of 2018” selection, and a finalist for the T.S. Eliot Four Quartets Award), The Game of Boxes (James Laughlin Award of the Academy of American Poets), and Into Perfect Spheres Such Holes Are Pierced (Beatrice Hawley Award). Her other honors include a Whiting Award and a Guggenheim Fellowship. She teaches graduate and undergraduate students in the Creative Writing Program at NYU, is a Distinguished Lecturer at Hunter College, and lives in New York City, where she also works as an independent editor.
Jen Soriano (she:they) is a Filipinx-American lyric essayist and performer originally from Chicago. In 2019 Jen won the Fugue Prose Prize and the Penelope Niven Creative Nonfiction Prize, and was awarded fellowships with Hugo House and the Jack Jones Literary Arts Retreat. They were also chosen as a finalist in the Ploughshares Emerging Writer’s Contest. Jen earned her MFA at the Rainier Writing Workshop where she studied under the mentorship of Julie Marie Wade, Kent Meyers, Barrie Jean Borich and Rick Barot. Their first chapbook, Making the Tongue Dry, will be published by The Platform Review Chapbook Series of Arts by the People in November 2019.