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Poets Heidi Lynn Staples & Ashley David

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Exhibit Viewing from
1:00 pm til reading.
Friday, September 10th, 2010
07:00 PM - 09:00 PM

Front Lines:
Original Works on War & Life

A VOX Reading Series Event
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Keynote Reader Dr. Chris Cuomo Poet Melisa Cahnmann-Taylor
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  • Come and have your mind stimulated by the fifth VOX Reading Series Event at ATHICA during which local writers’ theme-specific works enhance the discourse around the exhibits.

    The night's four writers—-keynote Dr. Chris Cuomo and poets Melisa Cahnmann-Taylor, Ashley David and Heidi Lynn Staples--were selected by 2010-2011 VOX Committee and ATHICA’s Artistic Director Lizzie Zucker Saltz to address the issues in Mission Accomplished, and exhibit that focuses on war’s effects on society.

    It is doubly poignant that takes place on the eve before the anniversary of 9/11, coincident with the many recent news stories about the Iraq war pull-out.

    First up is keynote Dr. Chris Cuomo, the keynote speaker, who will read excerpts from her nonfiction work The Philosopher Queen: Feminist Essays on War, Love & Knowledge, a tragicomic reflection on war from the vantage point of a Brooklyn fire escape, circa October 2001.

    Cuomo’s voice is playful and personal, bending and blending genres and provoking vital questions about our collective states of fear and frenzy. A professor of Philosophy and Women's Studies at UGA she is the author of numerous academic works, but is also a renegade performance artist and political activist.

    Cuomo's writing on war and peace is informed by her work as a member of the interview team and cast of “Everything’s Back to Normal in New York City!" produced at the HERE Theater in Soho in 2003 by the NYU International Trauma Studies Program and the Downtown Community Resource Center.

    Previously at ATHICA she cooked pissed-off soup as a comment on organic food dilemmas for the 2008
    Ingest exhibit’s closing event: and created In a Maze/On a Farm: Readings, Reflections, and Questions, a performance affiliated with the 2007’s Ruburbs: Land Use and Environmentalism exhibition:
    Her complete biography as well as the other participant’s biographies is below.

    Melisa Cahnmann-Taylor, has also appeared at ATHICA before, reading poetry for February 2010’s VOX Reading Series Event, Blood Lines: Stories & Poems of Love & Family, which was affiliated with the Nurture exhibit. Serendipitously we discovered she also has a long-time commitment to the “poetry of war” and is an active part of the 'Split this Rock' writers group, started with Poets Against the War. She also recently organized a poetry reading panel accepted for the national Association of Writers & Writing Programs 2011 conference titled Home front: women poets and war at which herself and writers Anne Waldman, Alicia Ostriker, Lorraine Healy, & Maria Melendez will present.
    Ashley David
    has graced us with her lively reading before, at the very first VOX Reading Series Event at ATHICA, Love Lines: A Night of Literary Treats, which was affiliated with spring 2009’s Crafting Romance exhibition.

    Heidi Lynn Staples is new to our stage, and we look forward to hearing her and all of these talented and widely published authors’ works in what promises to be a stimulating and moving all-women, all-out ‘war-of-words’ on war.

    VOX is affiliated with the University of Georgia’s Creative Writing Dept. The VOX Reading Series brings both emerging and established writers to Athens, as well as provides a stage for graduate students in the UGA Creative Writing Program. Founded in 2004 as an independently student-run series, VOX held events in venues throughout Athens until 2007, when, with the financial support of the Creative Writing Program, it moved to its current home venue, the Cine art theater. The 2010-2011 VOX committee is CJ Bartunek, Nicole Higgins and Joshua Hussey. They can be reached at

    Participating Artists
    Writers’ biographies:
    Dr. Chris Cuomo is a Philosophy and Women's Studies Professor at the University of Georgia who earned a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Formerly a professor of philosophy and women's studies at the University of Cincinnati, Dr. Cuomo’s research focuses on ethics, feminist philosophies, race, sexuality, environmental ethics and art. She is the author of Feminism and Ecological Communities: An Ethic of Flourishing (Routledge) and The Philosopher Queen: Feminist Essays on War, Love & Knowledge (Rowman & Littlefield), which was nominated for a Lambda Literary Award and an American Philosophical Association Book Award and coeditor of The Feminist Philosophy Reader (McGraw-Hill). Dr. Cuomo has been awarded grants from the Rockefeller Foundation, the National Science Foundation and the Charles Phelps Taft Center. She is currently working on a project on indigenous knowledge concerning climate change in Northern Alaska. She has also published widely in the field of ethics and the environment. For the 2009-2010 academic year, Dr. Cuomo was away at Amherst College where she worked on a project on feminist and other questions concerning sustainability.

    Melisa Cahnmann-Taylor
    is associate professor in language and literacy education at the University of Georgia. She has published poems and reviews in journals such as APR, Quarterly West, Puerto del Sol, Barrow Street, Womens Review of Books, Cream City, Georgia Review, and Literary Mama. She is the winner of several Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Prizes and a Leeway Poetry Grant, and has co-authored two books, Teachers Act Up: Creating Multicultural Learning Communities Through Theatre (Teachers College Press, 2010) and Arts-Based Research in Education: Foundations for Practice (Routledge, 2008).

    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, Verse, and Women’s Studies Quarterly. Op-ed features on education, the environment, and social justice have appeared in The Flagpole and scholarship on Toni Cade Bambara’s The Salt Eaters is forthcoming in several anthologies. As the Graduate Assistant for the Institute for African American Studies at UGA, she founded the Writers in the Schools Initiative in Athens, Georgia, and she is the editor-in-chief of Mandala Journal. She blogs for the Michigan Quarterly Review.

    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.



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