Coast Line: Poetry Reading Series Readings by Mary Biddinger, Caryl Pagel and Mi

Akron poet Mary Biddinger is the author of five books of poetry, and she is Professor and Assistant Chair of the English Department at the University of Akron, where she is on the faculty of the NEOMFA: Northeast Ohio Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program. Her works include Prairie Fever, the chapbook Saint Monica, O Holy Insurgency, A Sunny Place with Adequate Water, Small Enterprise and a collaboration with Jay Robinson titled The Czar. She is also the co-editor of a volume of essays, The Monkey and the Wrench: Essays into Contemporary Poetics.

Caryl Pagel is the author of two collections of poetry: Twice Told and Experiments I Should Like Tried At My Own Death. Her nonfiction has appeared in AGNI, Entropy, Essay Press, The Mississippi Review, and Wave Composition and she is currently at work on a collection of linked essays entitled The Reality of the Unseen. Pagel is the co-founder and editor of Rescue Press, the Director of the Cleveland State University Poetry Center, and an Assistant Professor at Cleveland State University where she teaches in the NEOMFA Program. Pagel will read poems from her first two collections of poetry as well as some new work from a third collection in process.

Michelle R. Smith is an Afro-Black writer, educator, feminist and media activist, living and working out of Ohio, with passionate interests in intersectional (black) feminism, the intimacy crisis in the black community, feminist mothering, reproductive rights, scholastic revisionist history, body politics, and the ways in which pop culture reflects and refracts political culture. She has had poems published in Poemmemoirstory, Meridians: feminism, race, transnationalism, and Guide to Kulchur Creative Journal. Her first published volume of poetry is Ariel in Black on Guide to Kulchur (GTK) Press.

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