Kundiman off-site AWP Lector Pop-up Reading Series
Mar
10
to Mar 11

Kundiman off-site AWP Lector Pop-up Reading Series

We are ecstatic to announce that our last AWP off-site POP-UP reading will feature the talented writers supported by Kundiman.  Kundiman is a national organization dedicated to the creation and cultivation of Asian American creative writing. 

Kundiman creates an affirming and rigorous space where Asian American writers can explore, through art, the unique challenges that face the new and ever changing diaspora. We see the arts as a tool of empowerment, of education and liberation, of addressing proactively the legacy we will leave for future generations. Learn more about their work at their website. 

Please note the Lector Pop-up location for all off-site AWP readings are being held at

715 Franklin Street (2nd Floor).  

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BlazeVox Books Reading (AWP Series)
Mar
10
6:00 PM18:00

BlazeVox Books Reading (AWP Series)

Join us for our last day of off-site AWP Series Events featuring BlazeVOX authors:

Heidi Lynn Staples
Anne Tardos
Tony Trigilio
Laura Hinton
Paige Melin
Tim Roberts
Billy Cancel
Cris Cheek
Bruce Covey
Joseph Harrington
Vincent Katz
Susan Lewis
Cheryl Pallant
Steven Reese
Michael Ruby
Jared Schickling
Elysia Smith
Theresa Wyatt

All AWP off-site events located at our Lector Pop-up Location Downtown: 715 Franklin Street (2nd Floor)

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AADOREE Lit Journal Reading (AWP SERIES)
Mar
8
10:00 PM22:00

AADOREE Lit Journal Reading (AWP SERIES)

Join us for what promises to be a compelling evening: The first Tampa reading from the boundary pushing, interdisciplinary, experimental authors of AADOREE (pronounced the same as “adore”) a tiny online/print literary journal edited by JD Scott and Alia Tsang. Complete list of readers TBD

All AWP off-site events located at our Lector Pop-up Location Downtown: 715 Franklin Street (2nd Floor)

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FIRST DRAFT: CHOICES USF Alumni Reading
Mar
7
9:00 PM21:00

FIRST DRAFT: CHOICES USF Alumni Reading

Join us in celebrating University of South Florida creative writing alumni, who will be reading their work from 9-11pm at our pop-up location on March 7th (715 Franklin St 2nd Fl). Alicia Thompson, Darrell Nicholson, John Nieves, Christine Lasek, Sharon Pinson, Sarah Escue, JR Miller, and Chelsea Dingman will be giving short readings, and First Drafters and fellow USF MFA alumni TJ Murray and Annalise Mabe will be hosting and leading the audience in a series of interactive storytelling activities.

READER BIOS

 

  1. CHELSEA DINGMAN

    1. Chelsea Dingman is a Canadian citizen and Visiting Instructor at the University of South Florida. Her first book, Thaw, was chosen by Allison Joseph to win the National Poetry Series (University of Georgia Press, 2017). Her chapbook, What Bodies Have I Moved, is forthcoming from Madhouse Press (2018). In 2016-17, she also won The Southeast Review’s Gearhart Poetry Prize, The Sycamore Review’s Wabash Prize, Water-stone Review’s Jane Kenyon Poetry Prize, and The South Atlantic Modern Language Association’s Creative Writing Award for Poetry. Her work can be found in Ninth Letter, The Colorado Review, Mid-American Review, Cincinnati Review, and Gulf Coast, among others. Visit her website: chelseadingman.com.

  2. SARAH ESCUE

    1. Sarah Escue is a poet, visual artist, and translator. She is a Florida native currently living in Colorado as she pursues her MFA at The Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics. Her first poetry chapbook, Bruised Gospel, was published this year by dancing girl press. Sarah is the Assistant Editor at The Adirondack Review and a poetry editor at a new bilingual literary journal founded by Jonathan Simkins, Cigar City Poetry Journal. Sarah enjoys letterpress printing, baking, and hiking.

  3. CHRISTINE LASEK

    1. Christine M. Lasek holds an MFA in fiction from the University of South Florida. She is currently an Academic Professional at the University of Georgia, where she teaches creative writing and administers the Creative Writing Ph.D. program. Christine's work has been published in several literary magazines, most recently in Eleven Eleven and Another Chicago Magazine.  Her collection of short stories, Love Letters to Michigan, was published by ELJ Editions in 2016.

  4. J.R. MILLER

    1. J.R. was born and raised in the blue-collar suburbs of Detroit. After several years of working in advertising and joined by his wife and children, he moved to Florida. He received his MFA in Creative Writing from the University of South Florida. His work has been published by Midwestern Gothic, Palooka, Prime Number, Prick of the Spindle, and others.  He is the Co-Founding editor of ĕm: A Review of Text and Image, production editor for Sweet Publications and teaches creative writing in Florida.

    2. At the heart of his first collection Nobody’s Looking is the tragedy of suburbia—characters in relationships that are not as close or memorable as once thought, characters pulling it all together and breaking out only to never escape, characters that face questions with no answers and decisions with life changing trajectories. The stories in J.R. Miller’s debut are affecting and often haunting. Raw and tender, funny and unyielding, provocative and thoughtful, these stories explore, with a keen eye, the human relationship.

  5. DARRELL NICHOLSON

    1. Darrell Nicholson is the editor of the sailing magazine Practical Sailor and much of his creative work is inspired by the ten years he spent sailing to the South Pacific in an old wooden boat. He is the winner of the 2012 Anspaugh Fiction Award, the 2013 David Nathan Meyerson Prize for Fiction, and the Outstanding Graduate Thesis Award from the University of South Florida where he earned his MFA.  His poetry and fiction has been published in Aquifer, Found Poetry Review, and Southwest Review, and featured in Burrow Press’s linked story collection 15 Views of Tampa Bay. He was the lead writer for two full-length adventure films, including the Disney documentary Sea of Sharks. Currently, he and noted fiction writer Monica McFawn are working on several collaborative projects in film, theater, and television.

  6. JOHN NIEVES

    1. John A. Nieves has poems forthcoming or recently published in journals such as: Beloit Poetry Journal, American Literary Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, Puerto del Sol, and Mid-American Review. He won the Indiana Review Poetry Contest and his first book, Curio (2014), won the Elixir Press Annual Poetry Award Judge’s Prize. He is an assistant professor of English at Salisbury University. He received his M.A. from University of South Florida and his Ph.D. from the University of Missouri.

  7. SHARON PINSON

    1. Recovering from ankle surgery--may or may not be able to attend/read. TBD.

  8. ALICIA THOMPSON

    1. Alicia Thompson is the author of six books for children and young adults, and has had work appear in Narratively, Atlas Obscura, and The Billfold, among other publications. Her favorite Cranberries song is “Ode to My Family.”

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AWP Kickoff and Book Launch with       Sarah Viren & Rita Ciresi
Mar
7
7:00 PM19:00

AWP Kickoff and Book Launch with Sarah Viren & Rita Ciresi

All AWP off-site events located at our Lector Pop-up Location Downtown: 715 Franklin Street (2nd Floor)

We are excited to kick-off the 2018 AWP (Associated Writers & Writing Programs Conference) with readings by Tampa-related writers, Sarah Viren and Rita Ciresi.

Sarah Viren is the author of the essay collection Mine, winner of the River Teeth Literary Nonfiction Book Prize, and translator of the novella Córdoba Skies, by the Argentine writer Federico Falco. Her writing has appeared in GuernicaTexas Monthly, the Oxford American, and other magazines. More about her work at sarahviren.com.  

Ciresi is author of the novels Bring Back My Body to Me, Pink Slip, Blue Italian, and Remind Me Again Why I Married You, and the story collections, Second Wife, Sometimes I Dream in Italian, and Mother Rocket.  She is professor of English at the University of South Florida, a faculty mentor for the Bay Path University MFA program in creative nonfiction, and fiction editor of 2 Bridges Review. 

At our off-site Pop-up during AWP Ciresi will be reading from her newest collection of stories, which recently won the Florida Review Jeanne Leiby Chapbook Contest and will be published by Burrow Press early 2018.  Ciresi is also the recipient of the Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction, the Barnes and Noble Discover New Writers Series, the Pirate's Alley Faulkner Prize for the Novel. Rita 

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Lit-Bar Pop-Up with Weike Wang!
May
27
8:00 PM20:00

Lit-Bar Pop-Up with Weike Wang!

$10 at Door RSVP via STAY INFORMED link below! 

Holding chemistry and public health degrees from Harvard University and an MFA in creative writing from Boston University, Weike Wang's writing marks the arrival of a distinct and brilliant new voice in contemporary literature.  Her debut novel, 'Chemistry,' was named a 'Most Anticipated Novel of 2017' by Entertainment Weekly, The Millions, and Bustle. 

We are excited to partner with Oxford Exchange in order to offer this intimate evening with Weike Wang to the Tampa Community!

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