Join us for our National Poetry Month celebration featuring three terrific local poets:
ABOUT HEATHER BRYANT
Her first book, How Will the Heart Endure: Elizabeth Bowen and the Landscape of War (University of Michigan Press) won the Donald R. Murphy Award from the American Conference on Irish Studies. In addition to her work on Bowen, she has published articles on Sean O'Faolain, W.B. Yeats, T.S. Eliot. She has presented papers at international conferences, and was a plenary speaker at the centennial celebration of Elizabeth Bowen at University College, Cork in 1999. She has given poetry readings at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, The Pennsylvania State University, The Palmer Museum of Art, the University of Illinois in Chicago, and the University of Miami, Ft. Lauderdale. She has published two chapbooks of poetry, Cheap Grace (The Finishing Line Press), and Lottery Ticket (The Parallel Press Series of the University of Wisconsin). She has a third chapbook, "Compass Rose," forthcoming from The Finishing Line Press in February 2016. Her poems have also appeared in The Christian Science Monitor and the 2007 anthology, In Other Words published by the Western Reading Series in Colorado. Her first novel, Through Your Hands, received both an Editor's Choice and a Rising Star Designation. She is currently at work on a new novel, and a full-length collection of poems, "My Wedding Dress." Since August 15, 2003 she has written a poem a day, bringing her total to well over 4,000.
ABOUT LYNNE VITI
Lynne Viti was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland. She is a senior lecturer in the Writing Program at Wellesley College, where for two decades she has taught writing-intensive courses in bioethics, legal studies, media studies, and journalism. A graduate of Mercy High School in Baltimore, she attended the College of Notre Dame of Maryland (now Notre Dame University), and received her B.A. cum laude in English Literature from Barnard College and her M.A.T from Teachers College, Columbia University. After teaching high school English for several years, she earned her Ph.D. and J.D. from Boston College, where she was a university fellow in English.
After law school, she clerked for the Justices of Superior Court of Massachusetts, and subsequently served as Chief Law Clerk to the Justices. She was an assistant general counsel at the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, where she focused on contracts and appeals work, and later moved to the private sector, working as a litigation associate at a Boston law firm, Harrison and Maguire, for several years before she turned to full-time teaching at Wellesley College.
Viti has authored numerous academic articles on legal topics, composition theory, literature and media. Her poetry, nonfiction and fiction has appeared in over sixty online and print journals and anthologies, including The Wire: Urban Decay and American Television (2009), The Baltimore Sun, Pen-in-Hand, Amuse-Bouche, The Paterson Review, The Little Patuxent Review, Drunk Monkeys, Cultured Vultures, Incandescent Mind, and Right Hand Pointing. She won an Honorable Mention in the 2015 Allen Ginsberg Poetry Contest, and the summer 2015 music poetry contest at The Song Is. She blogs at stillinschool.wordpress.com. Her first poetry collection, Baltimore Girls, is forthcoming in 2017 from Finishing Line Press.
ABOUT JC SPECE
JOSEPH SPECE is editor at Fathom Books and the SHARKPACK imprints. His public honors in poetry include a Ruth Lilly Fellowship, artist fellowships from the MacDowell Colony and the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and the Corrente Prize in Poetry from Columbia University. Periodical credits include Poetry, TriQuarterly, DIAGRAM, Salamander, Orion, and AGNI. His first book of poems, Roads (Cherry Grove) appeared in 2013; the books BAD ZOO (Fathom, 2018) and my centigrade is like a captive star (PYRAMID, 2018) are forthcoming.
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