Sunday, February 9, 2014

Feb. 18: Walter, Bargen, Eric Praschan, Tiny Attic Productions

Join us at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18, for poetry by Walter Bargen, fiction by Eric Praschan and film by Chelsea Myers and Paul Mossine of Tiny Attic Productions.

Walter Bargen was Missouri’s first poet laureate. Appointed by Gov. Matt Blunt in 2008, he served in the position until 2010, traveling around the state to share poetry with the masses.

He is the author of 16 books of poetry. His most recent, Trouble Behind Glass Doors, was published in 2013, and his next book, Too Quick for the Living, is set for publication in 2014.

Bargen's work has appeared in more than 100 journals and magazines, including American Literary Review, Missouri Review, American Letters and Commentary, Poetry Northwest, The Georgia Review, Beloit Poetry Journal and Prairie Schooner. Bargen is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship in poetry and winner of the William Rockhill Nelson Award. Other awards include the Quarter After Eight Prose Prize, the St. Louis Poetry Center’s Hanks Prize, and the Chester H. Jones Foundation Prize.

Bargen holds a bachelor's degree in philosophy and a master's degree in education from the University of Missouri. In January 2014 he retired from his position as senior coordinator for MU's Assessment Resource Center after 25 years of service.

Eric Praschan has been writing for more than 20 years, focusing on suspense fiction.  He is the author of the Amazon-bestselling James Women Trilogy, which includes Therapy for Ghosts, Sleepwalking into Darkness and The Reckoning

Praschan holds a bachelor's degree in English and a master's degree in theological studies. He has many years of experience in drama, music, teaching, and higher education.

Prashcan lives in Columbia with his wife, Stephanie, and he currently works in the Graduate School at the University of Missouri.

Chelsea Myers and Paul Mossine are the founders of the art, music and film collective Tiny Attic Productions. Their projects include a short documentary about Columbia music venue The Bridge, daily coverage of the True/False Film Festival and promotional videos for the Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival.

Chelsea Myers
First and foremost an artist, Chelsea Myers continuously derives her inspiration from the people she meets through her travels. She worked four jobs for four years to trot the globe like a vagabond queen because she believes the journey will always be better than the destination. Myers has studied video, information technology and advertising at the University of Westminster-London and the University of Missouri School of Journalism.

Paul Mossine
 Paul Mossine's goal is to travel the world doing what he loves: meeting new people, playing music and documenting the world around him. So far his spirit for adventure has taken him to France, South Korea, Mexico and Ukraine. His motto is that it's better to seek forgiveness than to seek permission. Paul studied photojournalism, art and international studies at the University of Missouri.

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.