Friday, February 27, 2015

UNO Creative Writing Workshop Hosts Reading by Three Poets

The University of New Orleans Creative Writing Workshop will host a reading by poets Megan Burns, Jonathan Penton, and Bernd Sauermann next Friday. The reading will involve refreshments, dolls, and books. 

Join Us!

Poets Megan Burns, Jonathan Penton, and Bernd Sauermann next Friday, March 13, at 3 p.m., at the UNO Lakeside Campus, Liberal Arts Building, Room 197.

"Megan Burns is a cornerstone of the contemporary New Orleans poetry scene," said Carolyn Hembree, assistant professor of English.

As the publisher at Trembling Pillow Press, and the editor of the poetry magazine, Solid Quarter, Burns runs the Blood Jet Poetry Reading Series in the New Orleans Bywater neighborhood, Hembree said. Formerly, she co-hosted the 17 Poets Reading Series in the French Quarter, which had a national reputation for its quality and diversity of participants.

Burns' most recent publications include pieces in Jacket Magazine, Callaloo, New Laurel Review, YAWP Journal and The Big Bridge New Orleans Anthology. Her poetry and prose reviews have been published in Tarpaulin Sky, Gently Read Lit, Big Bridge, and Rain Taxi.

Her books and chapbooks include always wanted to start over (Nous-Zot press, 2014), Sound and Basin (Lavender Ink, 2013), Dollbaby (Horseless Press, 2013), irrational knowledge (Fell Swoop press, 2012), a city/ bottle boned (dancing girl press, 2012), Memorial + Sight Lines (Lavender Ink, 2008) and Framing a Song (2010, Trembling Pillow Press).

Burns also creates “doll poem” sculptures from existing toys and is working on a continuing poetics of Nicki Minaj, Hembree said.

In 1998, Jonathan Penton founded the literary electronic magazine Unlikely Stories. Since then, has grown into a contemporary multimedia journal of sociopolitical and cultural essays, reviews, interviews, criticism, poetry, fiction and creative non-fiction, movies, visual art, music, cross-media work, and first-hand tales of political and cultural activism, now known as Unlikely Stories: Episode IV.

It has spawned a print and e-book subsidiary, Unlikely Books, which has published, among other things, the 418-page anthology (CD and DVD attached) Unlikely Stories of the Third Kind. Penton has participated in, organized, and promoted literary and arts events throughout north America.

His own poetry chapbooks are Last Chap (Vergin’ Books, 2004), Painting Rust and Blood and Salsa (bound together by Unlikely Books, 2006) and Prosthetic Gods (Winged City Chapbooks, 2008). Penton currently serves as Editor-in-Chief of Unlikely Stories: Episode IV and Unlikely Books, Managing Editor for both Fulcrum and MadHat Press, and a co-ordinator for Acadiana Wordlab, a weekly literary drafting workshop in Lafayette, La.

Born in Hof, Germany, Bernd Sauermann graduated in 1993 from McNeese State University with an MA in English and an MFA in Creative Writing (poetry). Since then, Sauermann has taught at colleges in Illinois and Vermont and currently teaches composition, literature, creative writing, and film in the Division of Fine Arts and Humanities at Hopkinsville Community College in Hopkinsville, Ky.

Sauermann was also the poetry editor at Whole Beast Rag, a now-retired online (and sometimes print) journal of art, ideas, and literature. He’s had poems, stories and photographs published in The McSweeney’s Book of Poets Picking Poets, McSweeney’s, Southern Indiana Review, New Orleans Review, Nimrod, Poet Lore, The Kansas Quarterly Review of Literature, Leveler, e'Ratio, Vinyl Poetry, and many other publications.

He has a chapbook entitled Diesel Generator out from Horse Less Press (2013), and his first full-length collection, Seven Notes of a Dead Man’s Song, was released by MadHat Press at the Brooklyn Book Festival in September, 2014.