Monday, January 31, 2011

Amina Gautier and John Nieves

Fiction writer Amina Gautier and poet John Nieves read their work at 7 p.m. Feb. 15 at Orr Street Studios.  

Amina Gautier
Amina Gautier is the 2010 winner of the Flannery O’Connor Award. Her short story collection, At-Risk, is forthcoming from University of Georgia Press in September 2011. More than 60 of Gautier's stories have been published, appearing in Antioch Review, Best African American Fiction, Iowa Review, Kenyon Review, North American Review, Pleiades and Southern ReviewHer work has been honored with scholarships and fellowships from the Breadloaf Writer’s Conference, Ucross Residency and Sewanee Writer’s Conference and has been awarded numerous prizes, including the William Richey Prize, the Jack Dyer Award, the Schlafly Microfiction Award, the Danahy Fiction Prize and a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.

John Nieves
John A. Nieves’s poems have been published or are forthcoming in journals such as Redivider, Fugue, Minnesota Review, Adirondack Review, SLAB, New Mexico Poetry Review, California Quarterly and Florida Review. He received the Charles Conway Memorial Award at the Florida Suncoast Writers’ Conference, earned the Estelle J. Zbar Poetry Prize and won the 2010 Southeast Review AWP Short Poetry Contest. He is currently a doctoral student enrolled in the Creative Writing Program at the University of Missouri.


Because of the impending "snowpocalypse," "historic weather event" and/or "epic winter storm" (a lot of snow), we'll have to cancel the Feb. 1 reading and reschedule Jim and Christina for May. Stay tuned for details!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Hearing Voices starts Feb. 1 at 7 pm


Our first reading of the spring 2011 semester features poet Jim Coffman and creative nonfiction writer Christina Ingoglia.

Christina Ingoglia

Christina Ingoglia is a creative nonfiction writer and a full-time instructor of creative writing and composition at Columbia College.

Ingoglia’s writing has appeared in the Copper Nickel, Inside Columbia and Prime magazine. Currently she is at work on a collection of essays titled “These Strange Heavens.”

Ingoglia earned her MFA from the University of Wyoming in 2009. Before going to graduate school, she was a professional union organizer. 

Jim Coffman

Jim Coffman’s Gravel Dust and Dreams, a poetry collection about growing up in the ‘40s and ‘50s in east-central Illinois, was published in 2009 by Pudding House Publications. A sequel, Outside the Crowd, was published in 2010. His poetic works have appeared in several journals and anthologies since 2005.

Coffman retired after 40 years of ministry. Besides weekly sermons, he authored Communicate in Word and Deed for the United Church Press and Finding Myself in the Parables for The Christian Board of Publication.

He and his wife, Jan, an art photographer, are active in the Missouri Writers Guild.