I’m pleased to announce Poetry@P&P’s contribution to Poetry Month. On Sunday, April 23rd at 8 p.m., there will be a poetry reading featuring J.C. Todd,Christine Whittemore, and Kasey Jueds,after which an open mic will take place, hosted by P&P Poetry Boss Robert Zell.
J.C. Todd, a Pew Fellow in the Arts, is the 2016 recipient of the Rita Dove Poetry Prize, fellowships to Ucross and the Ragdale, and a residency at Humboldt University in Berlin. Other fellowships include the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, the Leeway Foundation and a VCCA international exchange artist award. Author of What Space This Body (Wind Publications, 2008) and two poetry chapbooks, she has collaborated with MaryAnn L. Miller on an artist book, FUBAR (Lucia Press, 2016). Her poetry has appeared in The American Poetry Review, Paris Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, and most recently inBeloit Poetry Journal, Ekphrasis and Thrush. Her manuscript, Beyond All Repair, explores the effects of war on the occupied and the occupier. She is on the faculty of the Creative Writing Program at Bryn Mawr College.
Christine Whittemore is an English poet, essayist, and novelist who has lived in Italy, France, New York, and, for twenty-two years, Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania. Her work has appeared in many British and American publications including The American Scholar, Hunger Mountain, Orbis, Antiphon, Envoi, Dark Horse, Parabola, and Islands, as well as in anthologies. Among other awards she has received a Fellowship in Literature (Poetry) in 1998 from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. She has worked as a freelance feature writer on arts-related subjects; she has also taught writing, led workshops, and run a poetry reading series.
Her novel, Inscription, won the 2013 Eludia Award from Hidden River Arts and was published in 2015 (Sowilo Press). It was long-listed in the Cinnamon Press (UK) debut novel/novella contest 2013, and was one of twelve finalists for the VCU Cabell First Novelist Award 2016. Sudden Arabesque, her first poetry collection, is out now from Oversteps Books.
Kasey Jueds’s first book of poems, Keeper, won the 2012 Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize from the University of Pittsburgh Press. Her poetry has appeared in numerous publications, including American Poetry Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, Crazyhorse, Prairie Schooner, Manhattan Review, Salamander, Crab Orchard Review, Women’s Review of Books, and 5AM; it has also been featured on NewsHour and Public Radio International’s “The Writer’s Almanac.” Jueds has been awarded residencies at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Soapstone, and the Ucross Foundation. She lives in Philadelphia.