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).