Join us at Orr Street Studios at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 2, for readings of poetry by Monica Hand and fiction by LaTanya McQueen.
Monica A. Hand is a poet and book artist and a doctoral candidate in creative writing at the University of Missouri. Her book of poetry, me and nina, was named one of the top 40 poetry books of 2012 by Coldfront. Hand's poems have appeared in Black Renaissance Noir, Drunken Boat, African-American Poetry for the 21st Century, Gathering Ground: A Reader Celebrating Cave Canem’s First Decade and elsewhere. She holds a MFA in poetry and poetry in translation from Drew University. She is a Cave Canem fellow and a founding member of Poets for Ayiti, a diverse collective of poets committed to the power of poetry to transform and educate. She is also a member of Alice James Book's Cooperative Board.
LaTanya McQueen's stories have been published in The North American Review, Nimrod International Journal of Prose and Poetry, Fourteen Hills, Potomac Review and War, Literature, and the Arts, among others. She is a doctoral candidate in the Creative Writing Program at the University of Missouri and is currently working on a novel that integrates the Black Power movement and the Greensboro Riots of 1979 and examines how these events affected two tobacco farming families in North Carolina.
Orr Street Studios is located at 106 Orr St. in downtown Columbia, Mo. Join us every Tuesday evening during the academic year for literary readings and visual-arts presentations.