November's reading features three visiting poets--TJ Jarrett (Nashville), Gina Myers (Atlanta), and Alexis Renee Smith (Boulder, formerly of Lawrence, KS). The featured readers will follow an open mic session, so bring your best work to share.
TJ Jarrett is a writer and software developer in Nashville, Tennessee. Her recent work has been published or is forthcoming in African American Review, Boston Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, Boxcar Poetry Review, Callaloo, DIAGRAM, Ninth Letter, Linebreak, Rattle, Southern Poetry Anthology, Third Coast, West Branch and others. She has earned scholarships from Colrain Manuscript Conference, Sewanee Writer’s Conference and Vermont Studio Center, and others; her collection The Moon Looks Down and Laughs was selected as a finalist for the 2010 Tampa Review Prize for Poetry. Her debut collection Ain’t No Grave will be published with New Issues Press in the fall of 2013. Her second collection Zion (winner of the Crab Orchard Open Competition 2013) will be published by Southern Illinois University Press in the fall of 2014.
Gina Myers is the author of two full-length poetry collections, Hold It Down (Coconut Books, 2013) and A Model Year (Coconut Books, 2009), as well as numerous chapbooks. Originally from Saginaw, MI, she now lives in Atlanta, GA where she helps run the "What's New in Poetry?" series at Emory University.
Alexis Smith teaches Creative Writing at the University of Colorado, where she is an MFA candidate. She works as a poetry editor for the literary journals Timber and Robot Melon, and currently interns for CU’s Subito Press. She received her BA in English from the University of Kansas and therefore loves Lawrence, of course.