Nov 7: McCreary, Higdon, Fugate

Jenn McCreary is the author of :ab ovo:, published by Dusie Press (2009). She is also the author of two chapbooks: errata stigmata (Potes & Poets Press), and four o'clock pocket chiming (Beautiful Swimmer Press); the e-chapbook :Maps & Legends: (Scantily Clad Press) and a doctrine of signatures (Singing Horse Press). Her poetry has been published in magazines including Combo, Lungfull!, Tool: A Magazine, POM2, So To Speak, Sous Rature, Tangent, & How2. She lives with her family in Philadelphia where she co-edits ixnay press with Chris McCreary, works for the Mural Arts Program, and serves on the board of the Philly Spells Writing Center.

Ethan Fugate lives, writes, and bikes in New York City with his partner Allison, Elvis, the daschund, Coltrane, the beagle, and Noodle, the alleycat. They all get along famously for the most part. His work has appeared most recently in The Brooklyn Rail, The Boog City Reader, Shampoo Poetry, and Puppyflowers. He is co-editor of the journal Pom2, which has been in a state suspended animation for a couple of years now. Ethan has been obsessively documenting his cycling commute with photographs for the past year and is currently working on an ekphrastic translation of those photos.

Hailey Higdon is the author of The Palinode Project. She is originally from Nashville, Tennessee and has lived and worked in many places, including Boston, Madison WI, and parts of South Africa. She now lives in Philadelphia, where she teaches pre-kindergarten. Recently she started what to us (press) and released the chapbook The Third Word, by Lewis Freedman, in February 2009.


Oct 24: Osman, Gizzi, Watson

Jena Osman's books of poetry include The Character, An Essay in Asterisks, and the forthcoming The Network (winner of the 2009 National Poetry Series). An excerpt from "Public Figures," her continuing project on statuary in Philadelphia, can be found in the online journal HOW2 (vol. 3, issue 1). She co-edits the ChainLinks book series with Juliana Spahr and teaches in the Creative Writing program at Temple University.

Craig Watson has been a theater manager, corporate executive, technical writer, volunteer fire fighter, strategic consultant and college instructor, among other vocations. Currently, he serves as an associate artistic director for a professional theater in Rhode Island. His eleven books of poetry began with Drawing A Blank (Singing Horse Press, 1980) and most recently include True News (Instance, 2002) and Secret Histories (Burning Deck, 2007). He lives on an island at the mouth of Narragansett Bay.

Michael Gizzi studied poetry at Brown University, and worked as an arborist in Southern New England in the 1970’s. In the early 1980’s he migrated to the Berkshire Hills, where he began teaching. For the next twenty years he coordinated poetry readings and edited lingo magazine and Hard Press, which published, among others, Bernadette Mayer and Jim Brodey. Back in Rhode Island, he continued publishing, with Craig Watson, the imprint Qua Books. His most recent collections are My Terza Rima (The Figures, 2001) and New Depths of Deadpan (Burning Deck, 2009).