Brescia University will host the second event of the St. Ann Visiting Writers Series tonight at 7 p.m. in the Atrium of The Moore Center. The featured authors are Jon Tribble, Kari Shemwell, and Allison Joseph. The event is offered at no cost and is open to the public.
Jon Tribble is the author of God of the Kitchen. He is managing editor of Crab Orchard Review and the series editor of the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry published by Southern Illinois University Press. He is the recipient of a 2003 Artist Fellowship Award in Poetry from the Illinois Arts Council and his poems have appeared in journals and anthologies, including Ploughshares. Poetry, Crazyhorse, Quarterly West, and The Jazz Poetry Anthology. His work was selected as the 2001 winner of the Campbell Corner Poetry Prize from Sarah Lawrence College. He teaches creative writing and literature, and directs undergraduate and graduate students in internships and independent study in editing and literary publishing for the Department of English at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. https://cola.siu.edu/english/faculty-staff/faculty/tribble.php.
Kari Shemwell is a trained writer and actor currently living in Los Angeles, CA. She specializes in fiction writing and film/theatrical acting. Kari has earned an MFA degree in writing from Sierra Nevada College.https://karishemwellwriter.wordpress.com.
Allison Joseph lives in Carbondale, Illinois, where she directs the MFA Program in Creative Writing at Southern Illinois University. Born in London, England to parents of Caribbean heritage, Allison Joseph grew up in Toronto, Canada, and the Bronx, New York. A graduate of Kenyon College and Indiana University, she serves as poetry editor of Crab Orchard Review, the publisher of No Chair Press, and the director of Writers In Common, a writing conference for writers of all ages and experience levels. In 2014, she was awarded a Doctor of Letters honorary degree from her undergraduate alma mater, Kenyon College.
Her books and chapbooks include What Keeps Us Here (Ampersand Press), Soul Train (Carnegie Mellon University Press), In Every Seam (University of Pittsburgh Press), Worldly Pleasures (Word Tech Communications), Imitation of Life (Carnegie Mellon UP), Voice: Poems (Mayapple Press), My Father’s Kites (Steel Toe Books), Trace Particles (Backbone Press), Little Epiphanies (NightBallet Press), Mercurial (Mayapple Press), Mortal Rewards (White Violet Press), Multitudes (Word Poetry), The Purpose of Hands (Glass Lyre Press), Double Identity (Singing Bone Press) Corporal Muse(Sibling Rivalry Press, forthcoming) and What Once You Loved (Barefoot Muse Press). She is the literary partner and wife of poet and editor Jon Tribble. She has also published fiction and non-fiction and travels frequently to read from her work at various festivals, conferences, and universities. Her new full-length book of poetry, Confessions of a Barefaced Woman, has now been published by Red Hen Press. http://www.allisonjosephpoetry.com/biography.html
Brescia University’s Creative Writing department will be hosting the series of readings and lectures by a variety of nationally recognized and acclaimed authors and poets throughout the fall and spring semesters. The dates are as follows:
Nov. 1, 2018 – Jacinda Townsend (Berea, KY), Amie Whitemore (Murfreesboro,TN), and Donovan McCabee (Nashville, TN).
Nov. 8, 2018 – Craft Coffee Workshop featuring J. Easto and Andreas Willhoff from Chicago, IL.
Dec. 6, 2018 – Brescia University’s own Brooks Rexroat, Katie Mullins (Evansville, IN), and Andrew McFadyen-Ketchum (Columbus, OH).
All events will take place on Thursdays at 7 p.m. in Brescia University’s Moore Center Atrium.
For series details or to schedule interviews with individual authors, contact series curator and Brescia University faculty member Brooks Rexroat at [email protected].
For more information, please contact Rachel Whelan, Interim Director of Public Relations and Marketing at [email protected] or 270.686.4307.