This coming Tuesday October 28, will feature Anis Mojgani! Anis is the author of Songs From Under The River, The Feather Room, and Over the Anvil We Stretch. He is a two-time National Poetry Slam Champion and winner of the International World Cup Poetry Slam. A TEDx Speaker and former resident of the Oregon Literary Arts Writers-In-The-Schools program, his work has appeared on HBO, NPR, and in such journals as Rattle, Paper Darts, Forklift Ohio, and Used Furniture Review. http://thepianofarm.virb.com/videos
The first Semifinal of the year!
This coming Tuesday October 21, our first quarter Semifinal! The Semifinal will feature the following poets. Six will enter, one will earn a spot in Finals for a chance to be on the Urbana 2015 team. Competing poets are:
Also, a feature by Jeffrey McDaniel! McDaniel is the author of five books of poetry, most recently Chapel of Inadvertent Joy (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2013). Other books include The Endarkenment (Pittsburgh, 2008), The Splinter Factory (Manic D, 2002), The Forgiveness Parade (Manic D Press, 1998), and Alibi School (Manic D, 1995). His poems have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including Best American Poetry (1994 and 2010). A recipient of an NEA Fellowship, he teaches at Sarah Lawrence College and lives in the Hudson Valley.
This coming Tuesday October 14, Denise Jolly features! Jolly is a Writer, Performer and Artist and Educator. She is the founder of the BE BEAUTIFUL PROJECT, former Executive Director of Seattle Youth Speaks, and Vice President of Stronghold Productions. Denise’s work explores the intersections of body, class, sexuality, and gender. Her work has been published on the Huffington Post, XOJane, HERA Humanities Journal, Cosmopolitan.com and Write Bloody Publishing's Courage Anthology. Denise has taught and performed at colleges, universities, community centers, and schools all over the United States and around the world. Denise enjoys working with student populations in elementary through college and beyond. She likes doing great things with amazing people and being moved by art, community and how the two work together to dismantle internalized oppressions.
This coming Tuesday, October 7th, Urbana will be blessed and battered by the genius of Rachel McKibbens, a poet, activist and mother of five. She is the author of two acclaimed volumes of poetry, Pink Elephant, and Into the Dark & Emptying Field, a finalist for the Paterson Poetry Prize. McKibbens tours the country with her poetry and writing workshops as an advocate for mental health awareness, gender-equality and survivors of violence and domestic abuse. She co-curates the reading series Poetry & Pie Night in upstate New York.