2018-2019 Writers Circuit
Peuo Tuy is a 2017 Pushcart Prize nominated Cambodian American spoken word poet. She is also a creative workshop instructor and community organizer. Her poetry collection, Khmer Girl (2014), is inspired by the traumas of her life, including her family escaping the killing fields of their native Cambodia and enduring the inequities of life as immigrants in the United States. Her work has appeared in Art Papers (2016), Poets Network & Exchange magazine (2017), Lao American Review (2017), Sahtu Press (2017), LAOMAGINATION (2017), and WHYY (2017); a Philadelphia news media. Peuo has also been featured in video projects such as The New School’s “Futurographies: Cambodia-USA-France (2016), Northern Monday Films (2017), Urbintel (2005), and 30ToLifeProductions (2016). She has appeared at Harvard Law School, Massachusetts State House, The Big Read, the 2017 Minnesota Fringe Festival, New York Foundation for the Arts, as well as various junior high schools and high schools on the east coast. Peuo is one of the founding members and the Executive Director of the new Cambodian American Literary Arts Association, and is currently working on her forthcoming book of poetry entitled, Neon Light Brights (2018). During her free time she loves to swim, jog, read, travel, watch movies and TV shows, and devour dark chocolate cakes. Visit her online at www.PeuoTuy.com.
Alissa Nutting is an assistant professor of English at Grinnell College. She is the author of the story collection Unclean Jobs for Women and Girls, as well as the novel Tampa. Made for Love: A Novel(HarperCollins) is her latest book. From one of our most exciting and provocative young writers, a poignant, riotously funny story of how far some will go for love—and how far some will go to escape it. Hazel has just moved into a trailer park of senior citizens, with her father and Diane—his extremely lifelike sex doll—as her roommates. Life with Hazel’s father is strained at best, but her only alternative seems even bleaker. She’s just run out on her marriage to Byron Gogol, CEO and founder of Gogol Industries, a monolithic corporation hell-bent on making its products and technologies indispensable in daily life. As Hazel tries to carve out a new life for herself in this uncharted territory, Byron is using the most sophisticated tools at his disposal to find her and bring her home. Perceptive and compulsively readable, Made for Love is at once an absurd, raunchy comedy and a dazzling, profound meditation marriage, monogamy, and family.
Joaquín Zihuatanejo’s book, ARSONIST, is the winner of the 2017 Anhinga Robert Dana Prize, selectedby Eduardo C. Corral. It will be out with Anhinga Press fall of 2018. Zihuatanejo received his MFA in creative writing from the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico. His work has been published in Prairie Schooner, Yellow Medicine Review, Sonora Review, Southwestern American Literature, and Huizache among other journals and anthologies. His poetry has been featured on HBO, NBC, and on NPR in Historias and The National Teacher’s Initiative. Joaquín has two passions in his life, his wife Aída and poetry, always in that order.