Saturday, January 26, 2013

Local Poet Fest, Volume Two, Issue One (1/26/13)

The Burning Chair Readings


Local Poet Fest

Issue Two, Volume One

with short readings by seven local poets

Kaveh Bassiri
J. Camp Brown
Rachel Burrows
Joshua Dickens
Laura Gray
Pam Hitchcock
Eszter Takacs

Saturday, January 26

Nightbird Books
205 West Dickson Street
Fayetteville, Arkansas

We suggest attendees bring a $3 donation to help support the venue and costs for the upcoming Bestoned/Cannibal Festival in April.

Come celebrate locally-grown poetry of diverse styles in a laid-back atmosphere.  Beverages with and without alcohol will be available for purchase.

The Burning Chair Readings, founded by Katy and Matthew Henriksen in New York City in 2004, have organized regular and special literary events in several cities and now call Nightbird Books and Fayetteville, Arkansas home.  Look for future monthly readings at Nightbird Books that will bring some of the most exciting emerging poets to share their work here in Fayetteville.

Kaveh Bassiri’s poetry won the Bellingham Review’s 49th Parallel Award and is published in Best New Poets 2011Virginia Quarterly ReviewBeloit Poetry Journal, and Mississippi Review.

J. Camp Brown plays bluegrass mandolin and sings high tenor.  He is a 2012 Arkansas Arts Council Fellow and was a finalist for the 2012 Ruth Lilly Fellowship.  His poems have appeared in Juked, Nashville Review, and Prick of the Spindle.

Rachel Burrows is an Ozarks native. She has a BA in English language and literature with a focus in creative writing from UAFS. 

Joshua Dickens discovered his love for poetry by sheer providence.  After several attempts, he finished his BA in History at the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith and during his time there, he managed to get a few poems published.  He lives in Van Buren with his wife Rebecca and daughter Zoe Jane.  He is an amateur Medievalist, a great project starter and a so-so fisherman.

Laura Gray grew up in Scottsboro, Alabama.  She writes poetry and fiction, and studied writing at the U of A.  She currently teaches in the English Department.

Pamela Hitchcock is a non-traditional student at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, where she studies German and creative writing.  She has lived in Eureka Springs since 1987.

Eszter Takacs is a Hungarian-born poet. Her poems have appeared in Full of Crow, elimae, ILK Poetry, Birdfeast, and Mixed Fruit.  Additionally, she has poems forthcoming in Barn Owl Review, DIAGRAM, and Phoebe.  She is currently an MFA candidate and Graduate Teaching Assistant at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, to where she recently relocated from Los Angeles. She also plays the flute and fiddles with cameras.

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