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Andrianne Kalfopoulou
October 23, 2014
Wildcat Shop

Portrait of Adrianne Kalfopoulou Adrianne Kalfopoulou is Associate Professor of Language and Literature at Hellenic American University/HAEC in Athens, Greece. Her publications include two poetry collections, Wild Greens and Passion Maps, from Red Hen Press and scholarly work on Sylvia Plath in Women’s Studies and Plath Profiles. Her essay collection, Ruin, Essays in Exilic Living deals with crisis moments that explore in Rachel Hadas’ words “…not only cities but states of mind and soul in a pulsing, fraying time.” Awarded Room magazine’s prize in nonfiction for 2011, and a “Notable Essay of the Year” in Best American Essays, Adrianne engages meanings of “exilic” and how it feels to live in cities emblematic of late capitalism. She has taught creative writing and literature in the Creative Writing Program at New York University, and at the University of Freiburg.


Debra Marquart
November 5, 2014
Wildcat Shop

Portrait of Debra MarquartDebra Marquart is a professor of English in the MFA Program in Creative Writing & Environment at Iowa State University.  Marquart's work has received numerous awards and commendations, including the John Guyon Nonfiction Award, the Mid-American Review Nonfiction Award, The Headwater's Prize, the Shelby Foote Prize for the Essay from the Faulkner Society, a Pushcart Prize, and a 2008 NEA Creative Writing Prose Fellowship among others.  Her work has appeared in numerous journals including The North American Review, Three Penny Review, New Letters, River City, Crab Orchard Review, Narrative Magazine, The Sun, The Normal School, Orion, and Witness.

Marquart’s memoir, The Horizontal World: Growing up Wild in the Middle of Nowhere, received the "Elle Lettres" award from Elle Magazine, a New York Times Editors’ Choice commendation, and the 2007 PEN USA Creative Nonfiction Award.  Marquart is also the author of two poetry collections--Everything's a Verb and From Sweetness--and a collection of interrelated short stories, The Hunger Bone: Rock & Roll Stories, which draws on her experiences as a female road musician.

Marquart’s latest book, a poetry collection, Small Buried Things, is forthcoming from New Rivers Press in 2015.  She is currently at work on a nonfiction book, “The Listening Room: Notes on a Life in Music,” which is an acoustic ecology, a meditation on the pleasures and privileges of being a singer, and an autobiography of a life filled with making and listening to music.

Terry Martin
January 27, 2015
Wildcat Shop

Portrait of Terry MartinTerry Martin earned a B.A. from Western Washington University and M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Oregon. An English Professor at Central Washington University, she is the recipient of CWU's Distinguished Professor Teaching Award and the CASE/Carnegie U.S. Professor of the Year Award. Her poems, essays, and articles have appeared in hundreds of publications and she has edited books, journals and anthologies. Her first book of poems, Wishboats, won the Judges' Choice Award at Seattle's Bumbershoot Book Fair in 2000; her second book, The Secret Language of Women, was published in 2006. Her new book of poems, The Light You Find, was published by Blue Begonia Press in September 2014. She lives with her family in Yakima, Washington.

Kevin Sampsell
February 24, 2015
Wildcat Shop

Portrait of Kevin SampsellKevin Sampsell is the publisher of the micro press, Future Tense Books, which he has been running out of Portland for over twenty years. He is the author of a memoir, A Common Pornography (Harper Perennial) and a novel, This Is Between Us (Tin House). He has been published in Best American Essays 2013, Fairy Tale Review, Salon, Hobart, Pank, and many other publications. His column about collage art, Paper Trumpets, appears regularly on The Rumpus website.








Thomas Sayers Ellis
April 21, 2015
SURC Theatre

Portrait of Thomas Sayers EllisPoet and photographer Thomas Sayers Ellis is the author of The Maverick Room and Skin, Inc. (Graywolf Press). His poems have appeared in Best American Poetry (1999, 2001 and 2010), The Nation, Paris Review, Poetry and Tin House and "Vernacular Owl," his elegy for Amiri Baraka, was award the Levinson Prize for Poetry by Poetry Magazine in 2014. His photo-essays and photographs have appeared widely in magazines and on book covers, and in 2011 he had his first solo exhibition "(Un)Lock It: the Percussive People in the GoGo Pocket" in Washington, D.C.. He is currently a Visiting Professor in the Creative Writing Program at the University of Montana.





Allison Joseph
May 12, 2015
SURC Theatre

Portrait of Allison JosephAllison Joseph was born in London, England in 1967 to parents of Caribbean heritage. She grew up in Toronto, Canada and the Bronx, New York. She is a graduate of Kenyon College and the MFA Program in Creative Writing at Indiana University.  She has taught since 1994 at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois, where she help to found Crab Orchard Review, a journal of literary works, and the Young Writers Workshop, a coed residential summer program for teen writers. She is also the moderator of the Creative Writers Opportunities List, a list-serve that provides publication and submission information to writers of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction.

In 2012, she was awarded the George Garrett Award for Outstanding Community Service in Literature from the Association of Writers and Writing Programs.


Tim Seibles
May 19, 2015
SURC Theatre

Portrait of Tim SeiblesTimothy Seibles  is an Associate Professor of English at Old Dominion University. His most recent poetry collection, Fast Animal, was a National Book Award Finalist in 2012. Tim is also the author of poetry collections Body Moves, Hurdy-Gurdy, Kerosene, Ten Miles an Hour, Buffalo Head Solos, and Hammerlock. An NEA Fellow in 1990, he also received the Open Voice Award from the National Writers Voice Project. In 2013 he received the PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Award for poetry. He was a writing fellow as well as the writing coordinator at the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center. Before beginning to teach at Old Dominion, he spent a year living and writing in Cambridge. Recently his work has been featured in Red Brick Review, New Letters, Dark Eros, Ploughshares, New England Review, The Artful Dodge, and in E. Ethelbert Miller's anthology In Search of Color Everywhere.


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