Nov 20: Lyalin, Russell, Taransky

Natalie Lyalin is the author of Pink and Hot Pink Habitat (Coconut Books 2009) and the chapbook Try A Little Time Travel (Ugly Duckling Presse 2010). She is the co-founder and co-editor of GlitterPony Magazine and Agnes Fox Press. She lives in Philadelphia and teaches at Temple University and The University of the Arts.

Jacob Russell was recently honored by a request from a dead tree on Passyunk Avenue to accept the position of curator & caretaker of what had hitherto been the tree’s Secret Life as a Mystical Magical PoemTree. Jacob has it from reliable sources that there are countless other PoemTrees in Philly & across our tiny blue marble in the void, waiting with the admirable patience for which trees are famous--for a passing poet, attentive to the Waking Life beyond the Corporate Hologram, to accept them in joyous partnership. Jacob & PoemTree have recently become engaged, & look forward to the day when, with perhaps a circle of poets in attendance for a reading, they may exchange vows of spiritual union in public ceremony. Jacob states his poetic credo as follows: First you do stuff. Then you write about it. If the stuff you DO is a poem, you are a poet. Links to his fiction and poetry can be found on his blog, Jacob Russell's Barking Dog.

Michelle Taransky is the author of BARN BURNED, THEN selected by Marjorie Welish for the 2008 Omnidawn Poetry Prize. Taransky lives in Philadelphia, works at Kelly Writers House, is reviews editor for Jacket2, and teaches writing at University of Pennsylvania and Temple University.


Nov 13: McCreary, Nguyen, Skinner

Hoa Nguyen was born in the Mekong Delta, grew up in the DC area and studied poetics in San Francisco. She is the author of 8 books and chapbooks, most recently Hecate Lochia (Hot Whiskey, 2009), Kiss a Bomb Tattoo (Effing Press, 2009) and Chinaberry (Fact Simile, 2010). Based in Austin, TX, Hoa curates a reading series and leads a creative writing workshop.

Jonathan Skinner 's poetry collections include With Naked Foot (Little Scratch Pad Press, 2009) and Political Cactus Poems (Palm Press, 2005). He founded and edits the journal ecopoetics, which features creative-critical intersections between writing and ecology. Skinner also writes ecocriticism on contemporary poetry and poetics: his essay "Thoughts on Things: Poetics of the Third Landscape" appeared recently in the eco language reader (ed. Brenda Iijima). Skinner teaches in the Environmental Studies Program at Bates College, in Central Maine, where he makes his home.

Chris McCreary is the author of Undone : A Fakebook as well as a chapbook of revisions of older poems, An Apocrypha, which can be downloaded for free via ixnay press's website. In a recent review of Poets on Teaching at 360mainstreet.com, he discusses his work as a high school English and creative writing teacher. He lives in Philadelphia.