The Welcome Back 2011 Reading, Sept. 15th, 7 p.m.

9 Sep

Fall is here, the leaves will at some point mythically change, and a whole new year of Pure Products Reading and Lecture Series will start turning its wheels.

In the meantime, here is our first offering of the season. Carl Peterson and guest host Abe Smith introduce these wonderful readers to you. Be at Green Bar in Tuscaloosa, at 7 p.m. (The fifteen minute rule of cool poetry lateness applies, but no more than fifteen as we need to clear out by nine-ish for the bands).

Emma Bolden is the author of three chapbooks of poetry: How to Recognize a Lady, ( part of Edge by Edge, the third in Toadlily Press’ Quartet Series); The Mariner’s Wife (Finishing Line Press); and The Sad Epistles (Dancing Girl Press).  Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in such journals as the Indiana Review, The Journal, The Greensboro Review, Feminist Studies, Prairie Schooner, Redivider, and Verse.  Her manuscripts have been semi-finalist for the Crab Orchard Review Poetry Series’ First Book Prize, the Perugia Press Book Prize, the Brittingham and Felix Pollak Prizes in Poetry, and the Blue Lynx Prize for Poetry, as well as a finalist for the Cleveland State University Poetry Center’s First Book Prize.  She has been nominated for four Pushcart Prizes.  She is an assistant professor at Georgia Southern University and is the barbarian behind The Yawp, a public poetry project.

Jesseca Cornelson is a native of Mobile, Alabama, and an assistant professor of English at Alabama State University. She has a bachelors of English from the University of Montevallo, an MFA in poetry from the Ohio State University, and a PhD in English and creative writing from the University of Cincinnati. Her poems have appeared most recently or are forthcoming in Platte Valley Review, Salamander, Cellpoems, The Dead Mule School of Southern Literature, The Other Journal, and Willows Wept Review. She last visited Tuscaloosa in an official capacity as a competing member of the C.L. Scarborough Middle School math team, where she placed 40th in the state Mathcounts competition. She’s hoping that this visit, unlike the last one, doesn’t involve vomit.

Andy Johnson writes fiction and non-fiction. While pursuing his MFA at Alabama, he spent two years teaching at Cuttington University in Liberia. Andy returned to Alabama to complete his degree. His current project is a collection of short stories about Liberia.

Brian Oliu is originally from New Jersey and currently lives in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  Recent work appears in Hotel Amerika, RealPoetik, Drunken Boat, Puerto del Sol, and Fairy Tale Review. (Website writer’s note: Oliu DJ’s like a monster).

Eric Parker, a stickler for precision, was born and raised in California, and now lives in Tuscaloosa.

Here are the book contests Nathan Parker has been a finalist for and not won: The Fence Prize, The Juniper Prize, The Omnidawn Prize, The Sawtooth Prize, The Slope Editions Prize, The Sarabande Prize, The Carnegie Mellon October Reading Series, The Verse Prize back when they still had one. There are several others as well, but he has successfully forgotten them. He lives with three people who have not, thus far, rejected him: his wife Christie, son Noah, and daughter Clara. And one baby on the way.