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Readers for the night include:
Stephen O’Connor is the author of the novel, Thomas Jefferson Dreams of Sally Hemings, two short fiction collections, Here Comes Another Lesson and Rescue, a memoir, Will My Name Be Shouted Out?, and a biography/history, Orphan Trains; The Story of Charles Loring Brace and the Children He Saved and Failed. Visit www.stephenoconnor.net.
Elizabeth Onusko is the author of Portrait of the Future with Trapdoor. Her work has recently appeared in Bennington Review, Best New Poets 2015, Conduit, DIAGRAM, Sixth Finch, Fugue, Southern Humanities Review, and Redivider. Visit elizabethonusko.com.
Laura Sims is the author of four books of poetry, including Staying Alive, and editor of Fare Forward: Letters from David Markson. She has received a Creative Arts Exchange Fellowship and the Fence Books Alberta Prize. Her poems and prose have appeared in Boston Review, Conjunctions, Denver Quarterly, Gulf Coast, and The New Republic. Visit http://www.laurasims.net/home/
Soren Stockman’s poems have recently appeared in The Iowa Review, the PEN Poetry Series, Tin House Online, Tupelo Quarterly, Bellevue Literary Review, and Narrative Magazine, which awarded him First Place in the 2013 Narrative 30 Below Contest.
Marjorie Tesser's poetry chapbooks are THE IMPORTANT THING IS, a Firewheel Award Winner, and The Magic Feather. Her poems and short fiction have appeared in Drunken Boat, Akashic Press’ Thursdaze, Earth’s Daughters and others. Visit https://www.facebook.com/mtpages/.
Michael Raver's work has been presented by The Pearl Theatre Company, Sonnet Repertory Theater, Orlando Shakes, The Martha Graham Company and many others. He served as a judge for the Ferro-Grumley Award for LGBT Fiction for three years and regularly contributes cultural arts journalism for Classical TV, as well as pieces for NYC Monthly, Hamptons Monthly, Playbill, Dance Magazine, Cool Hunting, The Huffington Post, Art 511 Magazine and Nature's Post. (https://sheencenter.org/shows/poets/)
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