Sunday, January 12, 2014

Jan. 21: Nina Furstenau, Lianuska Gutierrez and Drew Resnik

Join us at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21, for creative nonfiction by Nina Furstenau, poetry by Lianuska Gutierrez and photography by Drew Resnik.  

Nina Mukerjee Furstenau is a journalist and teacher.  She teaches food and wine writing for the University of Missouri Science and Agriculture Journalism program and the Missouri School of Journalism, and she received the International Regional Magazine Association’s Award for Food Writing in 2009. Her recent books are Savor Missouri: River Hills Food and Wine, celebrating the local flavors of food and wine in Missouri, and Biting Through the Skin: An Indian Kitchen in the Heartland, a memoir in food.

Furstenau earned a master's degree in English/creative writing in 2006 and a bachelor's degree in magazine journalism in 1984, both from the University of Missouri. She was in the Peace Corps in Tunisia from 1984 to 1986 and then began working life as a journalist and publisher/editor of three construction magazines beginning in 1987. She and her husband launched and published these magazines and two others until 2001. Since then, she has published numerous creative nonfiction pieces for journals such as Painted Bride Quarterly and Ploughshares as well as magazines such as Missouri Life. Furstenau was a month-long resident at the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, Vermont, in 2008.

Lianuska Gutierrez studied at Harvard and Fordham universities, and she is currently a doctoral candidate in English at the University of Missouri. Her work can be found in Eratio Poetry Journal, Counterexample Poetics, Wicked Alice, Corazon Land Review, Yemassee, Gesture, The Prague Revue, Deluge and other journals. She is co-editor of an incipient literary journal called Medusa Talks Back. Her critical work explores excess as a channel to ethicality and also focuses on poetics of both corporeality and of selfhood constituted by the word, i.e. the Lacanian linguistic subject.

Drew’s photography experience goes back many years to some undergraduate college courses. With his father’s old Petri 35mm film camera he began making images, and photography became part of his creative arsenal, which included painting, sculpture, and music. In 2004, Drew founded Lakeside Studio Photo. Lakeside Studio became a working portrait, fashion and fine-art studio, and he was one of the original artists involved in the Orr Street Studios venture. In 2009 he began concentrating solely on fine-art landscape photography. Since that time he has produced commissioned pieces in Columbia and Jefferson City hospitals, businesses and homes. The most current two years have been spent focused completely on film photography, using both antique and current analog equipment, as well as learning film-developing techniques. It is this passion for the organic nature of film emulsions and development chemistries, combined with his personal perspective, that is at the heart of his work.

Orr Street Studios is located at 106 Orr St. in downtown Columbia, Mo. Join us the third Tuesday evening of each month during the academic year for literary readings and visual-arts presentations.