Feb 27: Fuhrman, Varrone, Dowling

Joanna Fuhrman is the author of three collections published by Hanging Loose Press, most recently Moraine. Her new book, Pageant, has just been released by Alice James Books. She teaches creative writing at Rutgers University and in public schools. Her essay on teaching Jayne Cortez’s work to high school students is in the current issue of Teachers & Writers magazine. She will be coordinating the Wednesday night readings at the Poetry Project at Saint Mark’s Church for the fall 2010 season and is the poetry editor for Boog City.

Sarah Dowling's first book, Security Posture, was the winner of the 2009 Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry. Her work has previously appeared in Action, Yes!, The Capilano Review, Cue, Descant, EOAGH, GLQ, How2, Jacket, West Coast Line, and elsewhere. Sarah is a Ph.D. student at the University of Pennsylvania, and is originally from Regina, SK.

Kevin Varrone's most recent collection, g-point almanac: passyunk lost, is just out from Ugly Duckling Presse, as is a companion chapbook, Philadelphia Improvements. His previous collection, g-point almanac: id est, was published by Instance Press in 2008. Individual poems are available electronically at Duration Press, in Big Bridge, Cross Connect, and are forthcoming in [out of nowhere]. He lives in South Philly and teaches at Temple University.


Feb 13: Hogan, Ireland, Soto Román

Lauren Ireland grew up in coastal Virginia and southern Maryland. Currently an editor at Lungfull! Magazine, she also co-curates the monthly poetry series, The Readings at Chrystie Street, and edits Invisible Magazine with Steve Roberts. Her poems have appeared in Sixth Finch, Conduit, Caketrain, and jubilat, among other magazines. She lives in Brooklyn.

Angel Hogan is a member of Mighty Writers, New Philadelphia Poets, and is a contributor to First Person Arts as well as the Pigeon Arts Collective. She lives and works in West Philadelphia. Visit her website here.

Carlos Soto Román was born in Valparaíso, Chile. He has published the books La Marcha de los Quiltros (The Mongrel's march,1999), Haiku Minero (Miner Haiku, 2007) and Cambio y Fuera (Over and Out, 2009). His work has been collected in Bar (Anthology, 2006) and in Pozo (collective book, 2007). In 2004 he received the Creation Fellowship of the Book & Reading Council of the Chilean Government. He has resided in Philadelphia since March 2009 and is a member of The New Philadelphia Poets and the editor of the new cooperative anthology of U.S. poetry, Elective Affinities.