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