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Reading April 8, 2009

The next Southern Writers Reading Series is Wednesday April 8, 2009.

Come out for hump day drinks, readings by gifted southern authors, and a fantastic time!!

April’s authors are:

Ken L. Walker still has a Kentucky driver’s license and drinks his bourbon neat. Currently in the MFA program at Brooklyn College, his previous work can be found in Lumberyard and Crab Orchard Review and in the book Aphasia, published by the Todd Overby is a bartender in New York and a graduate of Florida State University. Born in the south, he counts noodling and crocodile-juggling among his favorite hobbies. In 1973, Todd Overby was awarded “best in show” for being the only pony in a dog-eat-dog world. His poems contain a sadness that is best experienced after a cold pint of something hoppy. He inhabits a world of loose thread, and quiet potential of unraveling.now-defunct Shekhem Publishing. He also writes reviews for Columbia University Press and facilitates a poetry workshop at the Riker’s Island Correctional Facility.


Susan L. Miller has published poems in Commonweal, Black Warrior Review, Meridian, Iowa Review, and Calyx, and has a crown of sonnets forthcoming in the Summer issue of Sewanee Theological Review. She grew up in Virginia but now lives in Brooklyn and teaches Poetry and Expository writing at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey.


Tanya Rey was born in Miami, Florida in 1981. Her work has not appeared and is not forthcoming in The New Yorker, the Paris Review, Zoetrope, McSweeney’s, and Agni, among other publications. Her stories have not been selected for numerous prizes, such as the Pushcart Prize and the O’Henry award. Just last year, she was declined for a Cintas Fellowship and not chosen for a MacArthur Genius Grant. She is, however, managing editor of One Story magazine, and an MFA candidate at New York University.


Todd Overby is a bartender in New York and a graduate of Florida State University. Born in the south, he counts noodling and crocodile-juggling among his favorite hobbies. In 1973, Todd Overby was awarded “best in show” for being the only pony in a dog-eat-dog world. His poems contain a sadness that is best experienced after a cold pint of something hoppy. He inhabits a world of loose thread, and quiet potential of unraveling.

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News of the Southern Writers Reading Series spread like mad throughout the tri-state area!

The crowd size doubled from the previous reading, the drinks were flowing, and once again talented southern writers captivated the audience with their poetry and fiction.

Here are the highlights from this month’s series:

Katie bringing Louisville soul to the mic and her poetry

Katie bringing Louisville soul to the mic and her poetry


Katie Byrum is a poet from Louisville, KY, currently living in Brooklyn. She interns at The Feminist Press and at the Council for Literary Magazines and Presses and gets paid actual money to work at the Community Bookstore in Park Slope. Her version of the south does not include mint juleps, gravy, or incest.

There is something Mark Lawley learned in his MFA program at NYU that disturbs him deeply. Every short story ever written can be titled “The Day I was Sad.” Following this admirable tradition, Mark wrote a novel and a bunch of short stories also titled “The Day I was Sad.” Since there is more to life than sadness, Mark soon changed his mind and instead titled his novel Strip Club of God and is building a collection of short stories “Summers of November”. Both are based on his experiences in his mother’s strip club in Lawton/Fort Sill, Oklahoma where he grew up. Oklahoma is sometimes considered part of the South, sometimes considered part of the Midwest and is sometimes considered its own weird thing with Texas. Mark was in fact born in New Orleans, LA which settles the matter. Finally, it is interesting to note that Mark writes poetry also.

Mark takes us inside a strip club in Lawton OK with his crowd pleasing short story

Mark takes us inside a strip club in Lawton OK with his crowd pleasing short story

Michael Jones owns the microphone and his Tennessee poetry

Michael Jones owns the microphone and his Tennessee poetry


D.Michael Jones is a high school drop out from Talbott, TN. He is pursuing a Ph.D in English Literature from the University of Connecticut. And lives alone with his dog.

Monica McClure is studying poetry at New York University. She is one of the prettiest flowers from the Texas hill country.

Monica's poetry brings the Texas hill country to life.

Monica's poetry brings the Texas hill country to life.

Philosophy + politics = great poetry from Travis

Philosophy + politics = great poetry from Travis


Travis Holloway is a poet, philosopher, and musician. He is at work on two manuscripts: a collection of political poems entitled Land!, and a book on philosophy and criticism that reflects on “voice” phenomena such as mourning, laughter and military war cadences. He grew up along the Mississippi River and comes from a long line of folk musicians who inspired his interest in plain-spoken stories and his biological lust for whiskey. In fact, if you like his poems, bring him more whiskey. Travis lives and writes in Alphabet City.

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The Southern Writers Reading Series had its inaugural reading on February 11, 2009!!

Featured authors Dave Grumblatt, an MFA candidate at New York University and Ebony Golden, the creative director of Betty’s Daughter Arts Collaborative entertained and inspired with their fiction and poetry.

The inaugural reading was so excellent, three audience members shared original poems during the open mic portion of the evening!

What a fantastic start to an equally fantastic series!!

Dave reads a short story about love in Kentucky

Dave reads a short story about love in Kentucky

Ebony shares a performance poem about African American women's history

Ebony shares a performance poem about African American women's history

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