Fall Festival Reading 2014
The Festival of Language and Illinois State University's publishing club HapPenInk will host a reading on Monday, November 10, from 5-7 p.m. in the Publications Unit (Williams Hall Annex.)
Students and published writers will read their work.
Readers will include:
John F. Buckley-
A recent graduate of the Helen Sell Writers’ Program at the University of Michigan, JOHN F. BUCKLEY has been writing poetry since an attempt at writing a self-help book went somehat awry. After a twenty-year stint on and near the West Coast, he now lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan with his wife. His website is johnfrancisbuckley.wordpress.com.
Jane L. Carman-
Jane L. Carman is co-director of the Publications Unit at Illinois State University and founder of Festival of Language, Festival Writer, a reading eXperiment, and the forthcoming Lit Fest Press. Her book, Tangled in Motion, is forthcoming from JEF (Journal of Experimental Fiction) Books. Other work can be found in elimae, 580-Split, Devil’s Lake, Santa Clara Review, and American Book Review among others.
Ricardo Cortez Cruz-
A dreamer who continues to work on the creation of a new black avant-garde aesthetic, Ricardo Cortez Cruz is the author of Straight Outta Compton and Five Days of Bleeding. These are novel ideas short and funky, bits and pieces of ghetto grooves – and the rare tracks of his tears – collected into mixtapes. Straight Outta Compton, winner of the 1992 Charles H. and N. Mildred Nilon Excellence in Minority Fiction Award, received substantial critical attention and was picked by The Nation as one of the year’s best books. Cruz is stitching together of a third body of (s)language—Premature Autopsies: Tales of Darkest America. His fiction has appeared in numerous literary journals and anthologies, including Mandorla: Nueva escritura de las Américas, Packingtown Review’s 2009 inaugural issue, Fiction International’s abject/outcast issue, African-American Review, Urban Reinventors, Crab Orchard Review, The Kenyon Review, The Iowa Review, Obsidian II: Black Literature in Review, Postmodern Culture, and Kevin Powell’s anthology Step Into A World. He published his TM Opus, featuring the short fiction “Back To Life (However Do You Want Me)” and “Hoodie,” which interpolates the Trayvon Martin killing, in the 2013 issue of Mandorla. He is Professor of English and Associate Chair at Illinois State University.
Kass Fleisher's novel Dead Woman Hollow was released by SUNY Press (excelsior Editions) in 2012. She also authored Talking Out of School: Memoir of an Educated Woman (Dalkey Archive Press, 2008); The Adventurous (experimental prose; Factory School, 2007); Accidental Species: A Reproduction (experimental prose; Chax Press, 2005); and The Bear River Massacre and the Making of History (nonfiction; SUNY Press, 2004). Short work has appeared in The Iowa Review, Denver Quarterly, Mandorla, Notre Dame Review, Postmodern Culture, and The Los Angeles Review of Books, and she writes plays and screenplays with her partner, Joe Amato. She is currently finalizing an immersion nonfiction project that examines the diversity facilitation industry from the inside out.
Barbara Harroun teaches composition and creative writing at Western Illinois University. Her work is forthcoming in i70 Review, Sugared Water, Per Contra, The Riveter Review, Pea River Journal, Hermeneutic Chaos Literary Journal, Mud Season Review, bioStory, The Lake, Emerge Literary Journal, Sediments Literary-Arts Journal, San Gabriel Valley Poetry Quarterly, Lunch Ticket, The Rusty Toque, Black Sun Lit, and the Kudzu Quarterly Review. Her favorite creative endeavors are her awesome kids, Annaleigh and Jack.
Nathan Hoks is the author of two books of poetry, Reveilles and The Narrow Circle, which was a winner of the 2012 National Poetry Series and published by Penguin. He is an editor and letterpress printer for the micro-press Convulsive Editions and currently works as a tutor at Truman College and as a lecturer at the University of Chicago.
Megan Milks is the author of Kill Marguerite and Other Stories (Emergency Press, 2014) and the chapbook Twins (Birds of Lace, 2012). Her fiction has been published in three volumes of innovative writing as well as many journals; she is editor of The &NOW Awards 3: The Best Innovative Writing, 2011-2013 and a board member of co•im•press. She teaches creative writing and literature at Beloit College.
Joseph P. Wood-
Joseph P. Wood is the author of four books and five chapbooks of poetry, which include YOU (Etruscan Press) and Fold of the Map (Salmon.) His work has appeared in venues such as Arts & Letters Daily, BOMB, Boston Review, Cincinnati Review, Colorado Review, Denver Quarterly, Gulf Coast, Indiana Review, Prairie Schooner, and Verse, among others. Wood has held residencies at Djerassi and Artcroft, and is currently managing editor for Noemi Press. He lives in Birmingham, AL.
Bill Yarrow is the author of Pointed Sentences, a full-length collection of poems from BlazeVOX and four chapbooks—The Lice of Christ from MadHat Press, Incompetent Translations and Inept Haiku from Červená Barva Press, Fourteen from Naked Mannekin Press and Wrench from Erbacce Press. He has been published in many print and online journals including DIAGRAM, Contrary, PANK, Poetry International, Gargoyle, THRUSH Poetry Journal, Altered Scale, and RHINO. He is a Professor of English at Joliet Junior College where he teaches creative writing, Shakespeare, and film.