Poetry Reader Bios
*Sandra Simonds is the author of four books of poetry: Steal It Back (forthcoming from Saturnalia Books, December 2015), The Sonnets (Bloof Books, 2014), Mother Was a Tragic Girl (Cleveland State University Poetry Center, 2012), and Warsaw Bikini (Bloof Books, 2009). Her poems have been included in the Best American Poetry 2015 and 2014 and have appeared in many literary journals, including Poetry, the American Poetry Review, the Chicago Review, Granta, Boston Review, Ploughshares, Fence, Court Green, and Lana Turner. In 2013, she won a Readers’ Choice Award for her sonnet “Red Wand,” which was published on Poets.org, the Academy of American Poets website. She lives in Tallahassee, Florida and is an assistant professor of English and Humanities at Thomas University in Thomasville, Georgia. Sandra’s fifth book, Further Problems with Pleasure, is the winner of the 2015 Akron Poetry Prize and is forthcoming from the University of Akron Press. [Sandra will be sharing her poems virtually]
Lloyd Schwartz is the Frederick S. Troy Professor of English and teaches in the MFA Program at UMass Boston. The author of four books of poetry and a chapbook, his poems have been selected for The Pushcart Prize, The Best American Poetry, and The Best of the Best American Poetry. His publications include the Library of America edition of Elizabeth Bishop, the centennial edition of Bishop’s Prose (FSG), and Music In—and On—the Air, a collection of his music reviews for NPR’s Fresh Air. For over 35 years he was the classical music editor of The Boston Phoenix, for which he was awarded the 1994 Pulitzer Prize for Criticism. His fourth book, Little Kisses is scheduled to be published in April 2017 by the University of Chicago Press.
Chris Hosea (1973- ) is an American artist, curator, and poet. He is the author of Put Your Hands In (LSU Press, 2014), selected by John Ashbery for the 2013 Walt Whitman Award from the Academy of American Poets. In his judge’s citation, Ashbery compares Hosea’s poetry to a notorious Marcel Duchamp painting, and finds that Put Your Hands In “somehow subsumes derision and erotic energy and comes out on top,” adding “One feels plunged in a wave of happening that is about to crest.” Hosea’s second book of poems, Double Zero, is due out from Prelude Editions in Spring 2016. Educated at Harvard (A.B. 1998) and the University of Massachusetts Amherst (M.F.A. 2006), Hosea has lived and worked in Prague, Czech Republic and Sialkot, Pakistan, in addition to Boston, Amherst, and New York. His artwork includes What Do You Feel (2012-ongoing), So Many Fortresses (Synthetic Zero Festival, Ran Tea House 2012), Free Poetry (Ugly Duckling Third Factory Gallery 2014), and a forthcoming two-person show with artist Kim Bennett with the working title Over Time Across Space (Transmitter Gallery, July 2015). Hosea’s work as curator includes Ode to Street Hassle (Bronx Art Space, 2012). He lives in Brooklyn
Megan Grumbling's collection Booker's Point, awarded the Vassar Miller Prize for Poetry, was released this spring from the University of North Texas Press. She is also librettist of the new spoken opera Persephone in the Late Anthropocene, a co-creation with composer Denis Nye. Her work has been awarded the Poetry Foundation’s Ruth Lilly Fellowship, the Robert Frost Award from the Robert Frost Foundation, a Hawthornden Fellowship, and a St. Boltoph Emerging Artist Award. Megan serves as Reviews Editor for The Café Review, a poetry and arts journal, and writes weekly theater criticism for the Portland Phoenix.
Michelle Y. Burke is the author of the poetry collection Animal Purpose, winner of the 2015 Hollis Summers Poetry Prize. Recent poems have appeared in Poetry, Hopkins Review, and Lake Effect. She has received poetry prizes from the Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Memorial Fund, the Cultural Center of Cape Cod, and the American Literary Review, and fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the Vermont Studio Center, and the Charles Phelps Taft Research Center.
Daniel Wuenschel, born in Philadelphia in 1968, is the author of the limited edition artist book, Leviathan, and several of his poems have been published as broadsides as well as online. He lives in Somerville and works in Cambridge, where he works as a cataloguer at Cambridge Public Library. Wuenschel organizes the poetry reading series at the CPL and co-curates exhibitions of poetry broadsides from time to time.
Sara Afshar (Bio coming soon)