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2014 Salina Spring Poetry Reading Series

DeulenDanielle Cadena Deulen, poet and essayist, University of Cincinatti

The Salina Spring Poetry Reading Series will hold its first reading of the season in the banquet room of Martinelli's, 158 S. Santa Fe, on Tuesday, April 1, featuring Danielle Cadena Deulen—an award-winning poet and essayist from the Graduate Creative Writing Program at the University of Cincinnati. The reading will begin at 7:30 p.m. There will be a $5 charge for admission at the door ($3.50 students). An informal book signing and visitation with Danielle will follow the reading.

Danielle Cadena Deulenis both a poet and an essayist. Her collection of poems, Lovely Asunder, published with the University of Arkansas Press in 2011, won the Miller Williams Arkansas Poetry Prize and the Utah Book Award.  Her memoir, The Riots, published with University of Georgia Press in 2011, won the AWP Prize in Creative Nonfiction as well as the GLCA New Writers Award.  Formerly, she was a Jay C. and Ruth Halls Poetry Fellow at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her poetry and essays have appeared most recently in The Kenyon Review (KRonline), Crazyhorse, The Utne Reader, The Missouri Review, and The Iowa Review. She received her MFA in Creative Writing from George Mason University and her PhD in English from the University of Utah. She currently lives in Ohio where she teaches in the graduate creative writing program at the University of Cincinnati.

TrowbridgeWilliam Trowbridge, poet and educator from Lee’s Summit, Mo., and the University of Nebraska MFA Creative Writing Program

The Salina Spring Poetry Reading Series will hold its second reading of the season in the banquet room of Martinelli's, 158 S. Santa Fe, on Tuesday, April 8, featuring William Trowbridge, University of Nebraska MFA Writing Program. The reading will begin at 7:30 p.m., and there will be a $5 charge for admission at the door ($3.50 students). An informal book signing and visitation withWilliam will follow the reading.

William Trowbridge, current Poet Laureate of Missouri, holds a B.A. in Philosophy, an M.A. in English from the University of Missouri-Columbia, and a Ph.D. in English from Vanderbilt University. His poetry publications include five full collections: Ship of Fool (2011), The Complete Book of Kong (2003), Flickers, O Paradise, and Enter Dark Stranger (2000, 1995, 1989), and three chapbooks. His poems have appeared in more than 30 anthologies and textbooks, as well as in such periodicals as Poetry, The Gettysburg Review, Crazyhorse, The Georgia Review, Boulevard, The Southern Review, Columbia, Colorado Review, The Iowa Review, Prairie Schooner, Epoch, and New Letters. His awards include an Academy of American Poets Prize, a Pushcart Prize, a Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference scholarship, and fellowships from The MacDowell Colony, Ragdale, and Yaddo. He is a Distinguished University Professor Emeritus at NW Missouri State University, where he was an editor of The Laurel Review. Now living in Lee’s Summit, MO, he teaches in the University of Nebraska low-residency MFA in writing program.

SkoogEd Skoog, Seattle, Current Writer in Residence, Wichita State University

The Salina Spring Poetry Reading Series will hold its third reading of the season in the banquet room of Martinelli's, 158 S. Santa Fe, on Tuesday, April 15, featuring Ed Skoog, Seattle, and current Writer in Residence at Wichita State University. The reading will begin at 7:30 p.m., and there will be a $5 charge for admission at the door ($3.50 students). An informal book signing and visitation with Ed will follow the reading.

Ed Skoog was born in Topeka and went to Kansas State University for a BA in English and the University of Montana for an MFA in Poetry. He has taught creative writing at George Washington University, Tulane, the University of Montana, and two high school arts conservatories, the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts and Idyllwild Arts Academy, in southern California, where he continues to coordinate a summer poetry festival, Poetry Week at Idyllwild.  His poems have appeared in The Paris Review, American Poetry Review, The New Republic, Poetry, Tin House, and many other magazines, and is the author of two collections of poetry, Mister Skylight and Rough Day, both published by Copper Canyon Press. He has received fellowships from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Sewanee Writers Conference, Richard Hugo House and the Lannan Foundation. He co-hosts, with novelist J. Robert Lennon, the podcast Lunch Box, With Ed and John. Ed is a former New Voice Award Winner in our Salina series.

El-ScariNatasha Ria El-Scari, Spoken Word and Performance poet, Kansas City, Mo.

The Salina Spring Poetry Reading Series will hold its fourth and final reading of the season at in the banquet room of Martinelli's, 158 S. Santa Fe, on Tuesday, April 22, 2014, featuring spoken word and performance poet, Natasha Ria El-Scari,  The reading will begin at 7:30 p.m., and there will be a $5.00 charge for admission at the door ($3.50 students). An informal CD signing and visitation withNatasha will follow the reading.

Natasha Ria El-Scari is a writer, Cave Canem fellow, and an educator. Her poetry, academic papers, and personal essays have been published in anthologies, literary and online journals.  She has opened for and introduced many great writers, singers, and activists, and has been featured at a host of universities and venues nationwide. Born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri, Natasha has a BA from Jackson State University and a MA from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Natasha’s Black Feminist approach is reflected in her writing, poetry and performance pieces. Once asked in an interview what makes her unique she replied, “…most people lie to themselves, but I like to reveal myself.” Natasha is both introspective and cathartic and is most known for her honesty about motherhood, womanhood, politics and love. She the author of the poetry CD, This is Love.

The Spring Poetry Series is sponsored by Salina Public Library and Salina Arts and Humanities, and is directed by writer, artist, and educator, Ruth Moritz.

Martinelli's will offer dinner and drinks prior to the reading from their regular menu, so plan to come early to dine and secure seating. It is requested that audience members plan to order food and drink by 6:30 as orders will be suspended during the reading.

 

 

 

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