Three terrific poets highlight the next poetry reading at the Pen and Pencil Club.
On Sunday, February 22nd, the club will be hosting a poetry reading from 8 p.m. and 10 p.m., featuring Paul Lisicky, J. C. Todd, and Megan Gillespie.
The authors will be followed by a short break and an “open mic” session hosted by Bob Zell.
The event is free and open to the public (over 21).
If you would like to read during the open mic, you can sign up at the club.
Biographical sketches of the respective authors appearing that night:
Paul Lisicky is the author of five books: Lawnboy, Famous Builder, The Burning House, Unbuilt Projects, and The Narrow Door, forthcoming from Graywolf Press. His work has appeared in Conjunctions, Denver Quarterly, Fence, The Iowa Review, Ploughshares, Tin House, Unstuck, and in many other magazines and anthologies. His awards include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the James Michener/Copernicus Society, and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, where he was twice a Fellow. He has taught in the creative writing programs at Cornell University, New York University, Rutgers-Newark, Sarah Lawrence College, the University of North Carolina Wilmington, and elsewhere. He currently teaches in the MFA Program at Rutgers University-Camden. He is the editor of StoryQuarterly and serves on the Writing Committee of the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown.
J.C. Todd is author of What Space This Body (Wind, 2008), Nightshade and Entering Pisces. Individual poems have appeared in The Paris Review, American Poetry Review and other journals. A 2014 Pew Fellow in the Arts, she has also received awards from the Leeway Foundation, the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation and fellowships from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, VCCA, the Baltic Center for Writers and Translators in Sweden and Schloss Wiepersdorf in Germany. The editor of features on contemporary poetry from Lithuania and Latvia for The Drunken Boat, she has appeared at international poetry festivals in Lithuania, Macedonia and been sponsored by the U. S. Embassy in Berlin to read at universities in Germany. She is a member of the Creative Writing faculty at Bryn Mawr College and the MFA Program at Rosemont.
Megan Gillespie’s work has appeared in The Florida Review, New Delta Review, and Cimarron Review. Her honors include a Pushcart nomination and a fellowship from the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. By day, she is a businesswoman and mother to a teenage son.
Come out to support our featured poets and enjoy a captivating night of poetry at the club!