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spacer.gif   October 18: Orange Alert Reading Series at The Whistler presents Larry O. Dean, Micah Lang, Nathan Graziano, and Simone Muench
Posted by : cj on Thursday, October 08, 2009 - 10:34 AM
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Sunday, October 18, 2009
The Whistler
2421 N. Milwaukee Avenue
What To Wear During An Orange Alert
6 to 8 PM
Featuring Larry O. Dean, Micah Lang,
Nathan Graziano, and Simone Muench.

Larry O. Dean was born and raised in Flint, Michigan. He attended the University of Michigan, during which time he won three Hopwood Awards in Creative Writing, an honor shared with fellow poets Robert Hayden, Jane Kenyon, and Frank O'Hara, among others. He is author of numerous chapbooks, including I Am Spam (2004), a series of poems “inspired” by junk email; his poetry has also been internationally anthologized. In addition to writing, he is a singer-songwriter, performing solo as well as with his current band, The Injured Parties; he has released many critically-acclaimed CD’s, including Fables In Slang (2001) with Post Office, and Gentrification Is Theft (2002) with The Me Decade. Dean was a 2004 recipient of the Hands on Stanzas Gwendolyn Brooks Award, presented by the Poetry Center of Chicago.

From OrangeAlert.net: “In her debut collection, Three Islands, Micah inhabits the thoughts of three individuals from three different centuries that all have found themselves on islands. You begin by tracing the levels of sanity of the imprisoned Robert Stroud (aka The Birdman of Alcatraz). Alcatraz is the island, but Stoud himself embodies the idea of an island with waves of emotion and uncertainty crashing all around him. What is so compelling about Lang's collection is how she blurs the line between fact and fiction.”

Simone Muench was raised in Benson, Louisiana and Combs, Arkansas. Her first book The Air Lost in Breathing won the Marianne Moore Prize for Poetry (Helicon Nine, 2000), and her second Lampblack & Ash received the Kathryn A. Morton Prize for Poetry (Sarabande, 2005). Her latest chapbooks are Orange Girl (dancing girl press) and Sonoluminescence (with Bill Allegrezza, Dusie Press). Her poems have appeared (or will appear) in Iowa Review, Denver Quarterly, and the anthology The City Visible: Chicago Poetry for the New Century. She is an editor for Sharkforum [http://www.sharkforum.org] where she presents a “poem of the week” series. She directs the Writing Program at Lewis University, serves on the advisory board for Switchback Books.

Nathan Graziano lives in Manchester, New Hampshire with his wife and two children. He's the author of seven chapbooks of poetry and fiction, a full-length collection of poetry titled Not So Profound and a collection of short stories, Frostbite. His latest work is a collection of poems titled Honey, I'm Home. For more information visit www.nathangraziano.com

Note: What do you wear during an Orange Alert? Poetry, of course!

 
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