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Archive for May, 2009

Thank goodness the weather is finally starting to turn. Hibernators are all out of excuses for not coming out to support the lyrical, passionate, and talented southern writers who make this series possible.

I’m very pleased to announce Jeanie Thomspon, the founding editor of The Black Warrior Review, will be sharing work from her new book The Seasons Bear Us.

You won’t want to miss this exciting debut. Please come out for cool summer drinks and put your hands together for the authors below:

DeLana R.A. Dameron spends at least two hours on New York City subways commuting to and from work. Where she’s from, two hour’s travel by car could get you from her house in South Carolina to the middle of Georgia or North Carolina. What she can’t do those two hours in the car, though, is write poems about the city’s infrastructure. In truth, she sometimes dismisses the express route for longer time on the train. After her first book of poems, How God Ends Us, Dameron is working on another collection entitled Cartographer and a novel. She lives in Harlem.

Jeanie Thompson has published four collections of poetry, The Seasons Bear Us (River City Publishing, 2009), White for Harvest: New and Selected Poems (River City Publishing, 2001), Witness (Black Belt Press, 1995), and How to Enter the River (Holy Cow! Press, 1985), three chapbooks and has co-edited The Remembered Gate: Memoirs by Alabama Writers, (University of Alabama Press, 2002) with Jay Lamar. Witness won a Benjamin Franklin Award from the Publishers Marketing Association in 1996. Her poems, interviews with writers, and critical articles have appeared in Antaeus, Crazyhorse, Ironwood, North American Review, New England Review, and Southern Review. Jeanie holds the MFA from the University of Alabama, where she was founding editor of the literary journal Black Warrior Review. She has taught at the University of New Orleans and the New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts, as well as in the poetry-in-the schools program in New Orleans and in Alabama. Jeanie has received Individual Artist fellowships from the Louisiana State Arts Council and the Alabama State Council on the Arts and was a Walter Dakin Fellow at the Sewanee Writers Conference 2000. Jeanie is founding director of the award-winning Alabama Writers’ Forum, a statewide literary arts organization in Montgomery.

A native of Augusta, Georgia, Rochelle Spencer is a recent recipient of a Vermont Studio Fellowship, and her fiction and non fiction appears in Cake Train, So to Speak, African American Review, Poets and Writers, Sweet Fancy Moses, New York Stories, Oxygen, and other publications. In the past, Rochelle has taught at New York University, Georgia Southern University, and Spelman College. Currently, Rochelle teaches at LaGuardia Community College.

Ronnie Yates is lovesick, broke and driftin’. Up here from Houston. Writing poems.

Hope to see many of you June 10th!

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The next Southern Writers Reading Series is Wednesday May 13, 2009, which is also my birthday.

Now you have two excellent reasons to come out for mid-week drinks!! Please support the phenomenal authors below and the southern arts scene in NY.

May’s authors are:

Born and raised in Louisiana, Austin LaGrone put himself through college bolting 450 transmissions a day to Chevy S-10 engine blocks. He hiked the Annapurna Circuit in flip-flops before earning his master’s degree in Liberal Arts at St. John’s College in Annapolis. His poems have appeared in Brilliant Corners and will appear in the New York Quarterly. These days he lives in Brooklyn and is pursuing an M.F.A. at New York University.

Ekoko Omadeke was born and raised in Virginia and refuses to get a New York state ID. Before pursuing her MFA at New York University, she worked as retail sales associate, a waitress, a postal clerk and a federal contracts administrator. She is very excited to spend her birthday reading poetry and curating this gem of a reading series. Ekoko lives and writes in Brooklyn.

Lucrecia Zappi is a genuine Southern writer, born in Argentina and raised in Brazil. Currently she’s a candidate for an MFA in Fiction at NYU. She is at work on her first novel, Black Ounce, and collaborates as a free-lance journalist for the Brazilian newspaper Folha de S. Paulo.

Thomas Everett Dodson was born and raised in Middleburg, Va. He currently attends the M.F.A. program at Brooklyn College where he received the 2009 Himan Brown award for creative writing. He also serves as the assistant poetry editor for the Brooklyn Review and has poems and an interview forthcoming in Providence-based “Interrobang Zine.”

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