Sponsored by Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s Graduate Writers Forum and University of Memphis’ Creative Writing Club Burke’s Bookstore, 936 S. Cooper St. (map) Friday, Nov. 13, at 6 p.m.
Mark Jay Brewin Jr. is a second year graduate candidate at the MFA program of Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. His poems have been published in numerous journals including Corradi Summer Journal and New Delta Review, and are forthcoming in Packingtown Review, Iron Horse Literary Review and Southern Poetry Review. They have also placed as finalist in the Guy Owen Poetry Prize and the New Letters Literary Award Contest, as well as been featured on Saxifrage Press’s website highlighting up and coming poets."
A.K. Thompson is a fiction writer who lives in a cabin on a pond in Makanda, Illinois where vultures descend each fall. She holds a Master's Degree from the now-defunct New College of California in San Francisco, where she nearly went crazy, but arguably might have actually gone crazy, which may be why she is now a writer. She has two smelly dogs, spends most of her time in the woods stalking squirrels, sings hillbilly songs while picking her guitar and watches Hee- Haw.
James Scoles’ most recent story— The Electricity of Crime—is featured in the current issue of Prairie Fire Magazine (Canada). He recently returned from a writing fellowship at the National University of Ireland-Galway, where he worked on a novel based on his family history and a game of cards. His fiction and non-fiction have been nominated for National and Western Magazine Awards, as well as The Journey Prize (Canada), and twice for the Pushcart Prize. Katie Zapoluchwas born and raised in Pinconning, Michigan--not far from Madonna's birthplace. Unlike Madonna, Katie is quite fond of her hometown, and hopes to move back to Michigan once she's out of school. Katie studied English, Classical Studies, and American Studies at Kalamazoo College, and earned an MA in English Language and Literature at Central Michigan University. Her work has appeared in Kalamazoo College's literary magazine, The Cauldron, for which she served as poetry editor, as well as Central Michigan University's graduate literary magazine, Temenos. She also won a sestina contest in Trellis magazine.
I'm VeeGee's Mommy, K's wife, an academic, a writer, a teacher, a gardener, a chef, blah blah blah. I write about my journey as an adoptive mom of a kiddo with Pierre Robin Sequence, and other stuff like politics, race, religion - you know, that stuff we're not supposed to talk about!