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Ashley David at ATHICA
Fall 2010

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Gallery viewing from 1:00 pm onwards.

Friday, April 22nd, 2011
07:00 PM - 09:00 PM

Green Lines
Environmentally Inspired Readings
Curator: Dr. Susan Rosenbaum, UGA Department of English
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Writer and guest reader Jeff Fallis Donna Stonecipher reading
at the 2009 Berlin Poetry Hearings
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  • We are pleased to commemorate Earth Day with a reading of original works inspired by environmental concerns, all by local writers:
    Ashley David Lily Brown Jeff Fallis

    Michael Ford Heidi Lynn Staples Donna Stonecipher

    Curated by Susan Rosenbaum of the UGA English Department, the reading features writers whom have all previously appeared at ATHICA, with the exception of Ms. Stonecipher.  And while all of these writers are currently earning their PhD degrees from the UGA Creative Writing Program, they all have national standing and extensive publication records.

    They all will be bringing their passion for environmental issues to the evening, offering personal takes on the often politicized issues surrounding our relationship to our planet. For instance, well-known local poet Jeff Fallis will read a work he wrote while in UGA Professor Andrew Zawacki's eco-poetics class.

    Participating Artists
    Writer's Biographies
    Lily Brown,  grew up in Massachusetts, and currently lives in Athens, where she is a PhD student at the University of Georgia.  Her first book, Rust or Go Missing, is available from Cleveland State University Poetry Center. A new chapbook, Being One, was recently published by Brave Men Press.

    Ashley David's poems and essays have appeared in Alimentum, Center, Greensboro Review, Hanging Loose, Michigan Quarterly Review, Mid-American Review, The Offending Adam, The Southern Review, Toad: Exciting Art, Verse, and Women’s Studies Quarterly. Op-ed features on education, the environment, and social justice have appeared in Flagpole Magazine, and scholarship on Toni Cade Bambara is forthcoming in anthologies from CUNY Press, SUNY Press, and Cambridge Scholars Press. She is the editor-in-chief of Mandala Journal and the blog editor for Michigan Quarterly Review.

    Jeff Fallis is a well-known Athens’ area writer who has been widely published; his much lauded poem The True Golden Era about Athens appeared in the 2009 Flagpole Guide; he also read it live at the 2009 Flagpole Awards. He is also currently Ph.D. student in Creative Writing at the University of Georgia.  His poems have appeared in publications like The Oxford American, Ploughshares, The Iowa Review, and in the anthologies Blues Poems and The Art of Losing.

    Michael Ford is enjoying the Spring in Athens. He studies in the English department at the University of Georgia and writes poetry.

    Heidi Lynn Staples is a poet, editor, and community arts organizer. She is the author of three full-length collections of poetry: Guess Can Gallop (New Issues, 2004--New Issues Poetry Prize); Dog Girl (Ahsahta Press); and the forthcoming a dew 2005-2013 (Ahsahta, 2013), drawn from the ecology of her native Gulf Coast; as well as of a chapbook Take Care Fake Bear Torque Cake (3rd bed, 2004). Her poems have been published in numerous journals including Best American Poetry 2004, Chicago Review, Denver Quarterly, Green Mountains Review, Ploughshares, Women’s Studies Quarterly, and elsewhere. Staples has been poetry editor of Salt Hill, assistant editor of Verse, and editorial assistant at The Georgia Review. She is co-founder and co-editor of Poets for Living Waters, an international poetry response to the BP oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. She is a PhD candidate in English literature and creative writing at the University of Georgia, and the recipient of a MFA from Syracuse University. Her areas of critical research include ecopoetics, women Modernists, gender and mythopoesis and the pun.

    Donna Stonecipher grew up in Seattle and Teheran. She studied at the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, where she received her MFA in 2001. She is the author of The Reservoir (Georgia, 2002), Souvenir de Constantinople (Instance, 2007), and The Cosmopolitan (winner of the National Poetry Series; forthcoming from Coffee House, 2008). She translates from French and German. Her translations of French and German poets, including Emmanuel Moses and Veronika Reichl, have appeared or are forthcoming in Circumference, Action Yes, chicagopostmodernpoetry, and the Graywolf anthology New European Poets (2006).

    Currator Biography
    Dr. Susan Rosenbaum is an Associate Professor of English at UGA. She is the author of Professing Sincerity: Modern Lyric Poetry, Commercial Culture, and the Crisis in Reading (2007) as well as essays that explore American poetry’s relation to confession, the visual arts, surrealism, and clichés. She is currently writing a book entitled Exquisite Corpse: New York School Poetry, Surrealism, and the Museum of Modern Art, 1920-1970.

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