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  John Gallaher & Bruce Whiteman
Tuesday, September 23, 2 pm
Gallery of Art and Design on UCM Campus
John Gallaher is the author of In a Landscape (BOA Editions, 2014), Your Father on the Train of Ghosts (BOA, 2011, with G.C. Waldrep), Map of the Folded World (Akron Series in Poetry, 2009) and The Little Book of Guesses (Four Way Books, 2007). He teaches creative writing at Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, Missouri, and serves as co-editor of The Laurel Review. Read a poem by John Gallaher here.
Bruce Whiteman is the author of The Invisible World Is in Decline, Visible Stars: New and Selected Poems, books on the painter J.E.H. MacDonald and the history of publishing in Quebec, and co-editor of Francis Jammes: On the Life and Work of a Lost American Master. He is currently the Head Librarian of the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library at UCLA. Read poems by Bruce Whiteman here.
  Murray Farrish
Wednesday, October 8, 2 pm
Gallery of Art and Design on UCM Campus

Murray Farish is the author of Inappropriate Behavior (Milkweed, 2014), a debut story collection that The Star Tribune called “gripping, troubling, moving and amusing” and Kirkus Reviews calls “a tour de force on the state of young American families facing unemployment.” His work has been awarded the William Peden Prize, the Phoebe Fiction Prize, and the Donald Barthelme Memorial Fellowship Prize. Farish teaches creative writing and literature at Webster University in St. Louis.

  Rebecca Skloot
Wednesday, November 12, 11 am
Hendricks Hall on UCM Campus

Rebecca Skloot is the author of the #1 New York Times Bestseller, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. Her award winning science writing has appeared in The New York Times Magazine; O, The Oprah Magazine; Discover;and many other publications. She specializes in narrative science writing and has explored a wide range of topics, including goldfish surgery, tissue ownership rights, race and medicine, food politics, and packs of wild dogs in Manhattan. She has worked as a correspondent for WNYC’sRadiolaband PBS’s NovaScienceNOW.

  Kwame Dawes
Wednesday, January 28, 2 pm
Gallery of Art and Design on UCM Campus

Kwame Dawes is the author of over a dozen books, his most recent collections of poetry includeWisteria: Poems From the Swamp Country(2006),Impossible Flying(2006),Back of Mount Peace(2009),Hope’s Hospice(2009),Wheels(2011), andDuppy Conqueror: New and Selected Poems(2013), among many others. Dawes’s novels includeShe’s Gone(2007), andBivouac(2010), and his non-fiction collections includeA Far Cry From Plymouth Rock: A Personal Narrative(2007) andFugue and Other Writings(2012). His work has been included in anthologies includingSo Much Things to Say(2010) and many others. Read a poem by Kwame Dawes here.

  Michelle Boisseau & Hadara Bar-Nadav
Wednesday, February 25, 3 pm
Gallery of Art and Design on UCM Campus

Michelle Boisseau was awarded a 2010 NEA fellowship. Her fourth book of poems,A Sunday in God-Years, was published in 2009 by University of Arkansas Press which also published her third,Trembling Air, a PEN USA finalist, 2003. Her textbook,Writing Poems (Longman), is in its 8th edition. She is professor of English at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Read a poem by Michelle Boisseau here.

Hadara Bar-Nadav is the author of Lullaby (with Exit Sign), awarded the Saturnalia Books Poetry Prize; The Frame Called Ruin, Runner Up for the Green Rose Prize from New Issues; and A Glass of Milk to Kiss Goodnight, awarded the Margie Book Prize. Her chapbook, Show Me Yours, was awarded the 2009 Midwest Poets Series Award. She is also co-author of the best-selling textbook Writing Poems, 8th Edition. Recent awards include fellowships from the Vermont Studio Center and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Hadara is currently Associate Professor of English at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Read a poem by Hadara Bar-Nadav here.


  Katie Bickham
Wednesday, March 11, 2 pm
Charno Room in the Student Union on UCM Campus

Katie Bickham's first book of poems, The Belle Mar,was selected by Alicia Ostriker as the winner of The Lena-Miles Wever Todd Poetry Prize and is forthcoming in April 2015 through LSU Univeristy Press. Katie's poems have appeared inThe Missouri Review, Deep South Magazine, The Road Not Taken: A Journal of Formal Poetry and elsewhere. Her work has won the The Missouri Review Editor's Prize. Katie teaches English and poetry at Bossier Parish Community College in Bossier City, Louisiana. Read a poem by Katie Bickham here.

  Alan Michael Parker & Aaron Burch
Tuesday, April 7, 3 pm
JCK Library Performance Corner on UCM Campus

Alan Michael Parker is author or editor of 12 books: the novels Cry Uncle(2006),Whale Man(2011), andThe Committee on Town Happiness (Dzanc Books, June, 2014); and the books of poemsDays Like Prose (1997),The Vandals (1999),Love Song with Motor Vehicles (2003),The Penates 2006),Elephants & Butterflies (2007),Ten Days, (2010, with painter Herb Jackson), and Long Division (2012). I have contributed as well to three scholarly works: as co-editor ofThe Routledge Anthology of Cross-Gendered Poetry (1996), editor for North America of Who's Who in 20th Century World Poetry (2001), and editor ofThe Imaginary Poets (2006). His poems and stories have appeared in journals including American Poetry Review, The New Yorker, The New Republic,The Paris Review, and Best American Poetry. He is the Douglas C. Houchens Professor of English at Davidson University in Davidson, NC.

Aaron Burch is the editor of Hobart: Another Literary Journal, and the author of Backswing (Queen’s Ferry Press, 2014) and the novella How to Predict the Weather, and How to Take Yourself Apart, How to Make Yourself Anew, winner of Pank’s First Chapbook Competition. Recent stories have appeared or are forthcoming in Barrelhouse, New York Tyrant, Unsaid, elimae, and others.