Watershed Reading Series: Transformations

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Watershed Reading Series: Transformations

July 15, 2016 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Type: Reading

This Event: May be of interest to the LGBTQ community

Jeanette Winterson has said that the writer’s job is transformation. From Ovid to Anne Sexton to Karen Russell, the possibility of radical change, mined from fairy tales and psychological truths and real life, has created enduring art. Come hear five writers chart the transformations that seem otherworldly but that are in fact exactly what make us human.

Krista Eastman’s essays have appeared in The Georgia Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, The Kenyon Review (KROnline), New Letters, Witness, and other journals. She held the Katey Lehman Fellowship in Creative Writing at The Pennsylvania State University and was a Virginia Center for the Creative Arts Fellow. Her essays have received several awards and distinctions, including a “Notable Essay” citation in Best American Essays.

Nydia Rojas’ work has been published, in the Wisconsin Academy Review, International Poetry Review, Revista/ Review Interamericana, Palabra and in the anthology Between the Heart and the Land: Latina Poets in the Midwest. Most recently her work was published in Open Mic, Verse Wisconsin and Poetic Diversity. She is the author of the chapbook Stealing Daylight.

Originally from Alabama, Austin Segrest studied in Atlanta in his twenties and since then has slowly been making his way north, getting his PhD at Missouri before moving to northeast WI to teach English and Creative Writing at Lawrence University. His poems appear in Image, The Threepenny Review, Yale Review, Blackbird, and others.

Guy Thorvalsden’s poetry has appeared in Alligator Juniper, Forge, Gulfstream, Zone 3, and Verse Wisconsin. He holds an MFA from Vermont College and teaches English at Madison College in Madison, Wisconsin. He is also a journeyman carpenter, husband, father, and contributing poet/essayist for public radio.

Timothy Walsh’s poems and short stories have appeared in The North American Review, Arts & Letters, Cutthroat, The Midwest Quarterly, New Millennium Writings and others. His awards include the Grand Prize in the Atlanta Review International Poetry Competition, the Kurt Vonnegut Fiction Prize from North American Review, and the Wisconsin Academy Fiction Prize. He is the author of a book of literary criticism, The Dark Matter of Words: Absence, Unknowing, and Emptiness in Literature (Southern Illinois University Press) and several poetry collections and chapbooks, most recently The Book of Arabella and When the World Was Rear-Wheel Drive. Find more at: timothyawalsh.com

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July 15, 2016
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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