We’re thrilled to have five writers for our March reading event, each one of them proving that the power of language and the freedom to share our work has never been more important. Howard Axelrod, Josh Barkan, Kelcey Parker Ervick, and Reginald Gibbons will be reading: come listen and then talk about all that’s timely with us!
Howard Axelrod’s memoir, The Point of Vanishing, was named one of the best books of 2015 by Slate, the Chicago Tribune, and Entropy Magazine, and one of the best memoirs of 2015 by Library Journal. His work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Salon, VQR, Shambhala Sun, Harvard Magazine, and The Boston Globe. Axelrod has taught literature and writing at Harvard University and University of Arizona, and he recently joined the faculty at Loyola University in Chicago.
Josh Barkan is the winner of the Lightship International Short Story Prize and has been a finalist for the Grace Paley Prize for Short Fiction, the Paterson Fiction Prize, and the Juniper Prize for Fiction. He is the recipient of a fellowship from the National Endowment of the Arts, and his writing has appeared in Esquire. He earned his MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and has taught writing at Harvard, Boston University, and New York University. With his wife, a painter from Mexico, he divides his time between Mexico City and Roanoke, Virginia.
Kelcey Parker Ervick is the author of The Bitter Life of Božena Němcová (Rose Metal Press), a hybrid work of biography, memoir, and visual art. Her previous books include Liliane’s Balcony: A Novella of Fallingwater (Rose Metal Press) and For Sale By Owner (Kore Press), winner of the 2011 Next Generation Indie Book Award in Short Fiction. A recipient of grants from the Indiana Arts Commission and the Sustainable Arts Foundation, she teaches at Indiana University South Bend.
Reginald Gibbons has published ten books of poems, most recently LAST LAKE (fall 2016, U. of Chicago). His book of short fiction, AN ORCHARD IN THE STREET, will be published in October 2017 by BOA Editions. His other prose includes the novel SWEETBITTER (LSU Press) and the critical book HOW POEMS THINK (U. of Chicago). His volumes of translation include SELECTED POEMS OF LUIS CERNUDA (Sheep Meadow), the SELECTED POEMS: ODES AND FRAGMENTS of Sophocles (Princeton U. Press), and other volumes translated from Spanish and ancient Greek, including Sophocles’ ANTIGONE (Oxford). He edited a book about the great American poet Thomas McGrath (U. of Illinois Press) and also William Goyen’s posthumous novel HALF A LOOK OF CAIN and the 50th anniversary edition of Goyen’s THE HOUSE OF BREATH (Northwestern U. Press). He teaches at Northwestern.
Deborah Siegel, PhD is the author of two books and one pair of boy/girl twins, creator of the Girl w/Pen blog, and founder of the public voice consultancy, Girl Meets Voice Inc. She’s also co-founder of She Writes, Senior Facilitator with The OpEd Project, a TEDx speaker, a Visiting Scholar in Gender Studies at Northwestern, an ex-New Yorker, and a lover of all things lake. Deborah is currently obsessed with a multimedia experiment in thinking out loud, and in community, about gender and early childhood. Check out the Pinterest board Tots in Genderland and learn more about Deborah’s writing, speaking, and coaching at www.deborahsiegelphd.com.