2011 Evening Readers
Thursday, November 10, 2011, Flagler Room, 7:30 p.m.
Jenny Browne is the author of The Second Reason (University of Tampa Press, 2007), At Once (UT Press, 2003) and the chapbook, Glass (Pecan Grove, 2000). She is also the editor of Provide and Protect, Writers on Planned and Unplanned Parenthood. A former James Michener Fellow at the University of Texas at Austin, she currently teaches creative writing at Trinity University.
Alice Friman’s new book of poetry, Vinculum, is forthcoming from Louisiana State University Press in 2011; her most recent volume is The Book of the Rotten Daughter. Other new work has appeared in the journals Boundary 2, Shenandoah, and Field, as well as in the Best American Poetry 2009. Friman is the winner of three prizes from Poetry Society of America and in 2001-02 was named to the Georgia Poetry Circuit. Professor Emerita at the University of Indianapolis, she now lives in Milledgeville, GA, where she is Poet-in-Residence at Georgia College & State University.
Diane Wakoski has published more than forty collections of poems, including the four books that constitute her series "The Archaeology of Movies and Books"—Argonaut Rose (1998), The Emerald City of Las Vegas (1995), Jason the Sailor (1993), and Medea the Sorceress (1991)—all published by Black Sparrow Press; Emerald Ice: Selected Poems 1962-1987 (1988), which won the Poetry Society of America's William Carlos Williams Award; and The Collected Greed, Parts 1-13 (1984). She has also published four books of essays: Toward a New Poetry (1979), Variations on a Theme (1976), Creating a Personal Mythology (1975), and Form Is an Extension of Content (1972). Her honors include a Fulbright fellowship, a Michigan Arts Foundation award, and grants from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Michigan Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the New York State Council on the Arts.
Saturday, November 12, 2011, Flagler Room, 7:30 p.m.
Michael Gills' first collection of stories, Why I Lie (University of Nevada Press, 2002) won a Utah Book Prize and was chosen as a literary debut of the year by The Southern Review. His second collection of stories, The Death of Bonnie and Clyde, is coming this fall from Texas Review Press, and a novel, Go Love, will also be out in fall from Raw Dog Screaming Press. A third collection of stories, Eternally Yours, is currently on the market. Gills holds degrees from the University of Arkansas, University of North Carolina at Greensboro and the University of Utah where he earned the Ph.D. His fiction is forthcoming in New Madrid, Boulevard and The Texas Review. Other stories have appeared in The Gettysburg Review, The Greensboro Review, Shenandoah, Quarterly West, The Oxford American, Salt Hill, The Chattahoochee Review, Southern Humanities Review, McSweeney’s, New Stories From The South and elsewhere. Gills is currently Associate Professor/Lecturer of writing and core faculty for the Honors College at the University of Utah.
Carol Frost is the author of eleven books of poems. The Queen's Desertion, I Will Say Beauty, Love and Scorn: New and Selected Poems, all from Northwestern University Press, are recent volumes. The Florida Book Awards named her latest poetry collection Honeycomb the gold medal winner in poetry for 2010. Her poems have appeared in four Pushcart Prize anthologies, and she has been a recipient of two National Endowment for the Arts fellowships. The Poets’ Prize and Elliston Award committees have also honored her work. Carol Frost is the Theodore Bruce and Barbara Lawrence Alfond Chair at Rollins College, Winter Park, Florida, where she is professor of English and the Director of Winter with the Writers, A Festival of the Literary Arts. She is also a fore faculty member of the New England College Master of Fine Arts Program in Poetry. She spends time and writes each spring on Florida's "Nature Coast" in Cedar Key.