February's reading features visiting poets Shane McCrae and Jeffrey Pethybridge and Kansas City poet Lesley Wheeler. This reading will also celebrate the recent releases of Jeffrey Pethybridge's Striven, The Bright Treatise and Shane McCrae's Blood (both from Noemi Press). The featured readers will follow an open mic session, so bring your best work to share.
Shane McCrae is the author of Mule, Blood, Forgiveness Forgiveness (forthcoming from Factory Hollow Press), and three chapbooks--most recently, Nonfiction. His poems have appeared, or are forthcoming, in The Best American Poetry, The American Poetry Review, Fence, Pleiades, LIT and elsewhere, and he has received a Whiting Writer’s Award and a fellowship from the NEA. He teaches in the brief-residency MFA program at Spalding University.
Jeffrey Pethybridge is the author of Striven, The Bright Treatise (Noemi Press 2013). His work appears widely in journals such as Chicago Review, Volt, Poor Claudia, The Iowa Review, LIT, New American Writing and others. He is also the North American Editor for Likestarlings, a web-archive of collaborative poetry and poetics. He's currently at work on a documentary project entitled "Found Poem Including History, an Essay on the Epic,” which is centered on the recently released torture memos. He grew up in Virginia.
Lesley Ann Wheeler is a teacher and writer in Kansas City, Missouri. A graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, she is a co-editor of Strange Cage, a poetry press.