Trudy Lewis & Michael Czyzniejewski
Thursday, January 28 @ 2 pm
UCM Gallery of Art & Design
Michael Czyzniejewski is the author of three collections of stories: I Will Love You for the Rest of My Life (Curbside Splendor, 2015), Elephants in Our Bedroom (Dzanc Books, 2009), Chicago Stories: 40 Dramatic Fictions (Curbside Splendor, 2012). In 2010, he received a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship for his fiction. He is an assistant professor at Missouri State University and Managing Editor of Moon City Review. He lives in Springfield, Missouri, with his family.
Trudy Lewis is the author of the novel The Empire Rolls (Moon City Press, 2014), the short story collection,The Bones of Garbo (Ohio State University Press, 2003), for which she was awarded the Sandstone Prize in Short Fiction, and the novel, Private Correspondences (Northwestern University Press, 1994), winner of the William Goyen Award for Fiction. Lewis's work has appeared in Atlantic Monthly, Best American Short Stories, Chelsea, Fence, Five Points, Iris, Meridian, New England Review, New Stories from the South, Third Coast, Witness, and others. Her story "Geographic Tongue" received the Lawrence Foundation Award from Prairie Schooner. Trudy is currently at work on a historical novel about 19th century factory operatives in Lowell, Massachusetts.
Deborah A. Miranda
Thursday, February 4 @ 2 pm
UCM Gallery of Art & Design

An enrolled member of the Ohlone-Costanoan Esselen Nation of California, author Deborah Miranda was born in Los Angeles to an Esselen/Chumash father and a mother of French ancestry. She grew up in Washington State, earning a BS in teaching moderate special-needs children from Wheelock College in 1983 and an MA and PhD in English from the University of Washington. Her mixed-genre collection Bad Indians: A Tribal Memoir (2013) won a Gold Medal from the Independent Publisher's Association and was shortlisted for the William Saroyan Award. Miranda’s collections of poetry includeIndian Cartography: Poems (1999), winner of the Diane Decorah Memorial First Book Award from the Native Writers’ Circle of the Americas; and The Zen of La Llorona (2005), nominated for a Lambda Literary Award. Miranda also received the 2000 Writer of the Year Award for Poetry from the Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers.

Bianca Stone
Wednesday March 2 @ 2 pm
UCM Gallery of Art & Design


Bianca Stone is a poet and visual artist. She is the author of several chapbooks, most recently I Saw The Devil With His Needlework (Argos Books), and the poetry-comic I Want To Open The Mouth God Gave You, Beautiful Mutant (Factory Hollow Press). Her first full-length collection is Someone Else’s Wedding Vows (2014). Her selected poetry comics, Poetry Comics from the Book of Hours, will be published by Pleiades Press in 2016.

Stone is the editor of Monk Books, a small press that publishes limited-edition chapbooks of poetry and art, and is also a regular contributor for The The Poetry Blog. Her poems have appeared in such magazines as Best American Poetry 2011, Conduit, Crazyhorse, and Tin House. Stone collaborated with Anne Carson Antigonick (2012), a new kind of comic book and translation.

Seth Brady Tucker & The 2016 David Baker Award Winners

Friday, April 15th @ 3pm

JCK Library, Performance Corner

   Seth Brady Tucker (S. Brady Tucker) is a poet and fiction writer originally from Lander, Wyoming.  His poetry manuscript Mormon Boy (2012) won the 2011 Elixir Press Editor’s Prize, and was a finalist for the 2013 Colorado Book Award.  Seth’s second book, We Deserve The Gods We Ask For  (2014) won the Gival Press Poetry Prize, was the runner-up for the London Book Festival Poetry Award, the Florida Book Festival Prize, and won the Eric Hoffer Book Award.  Seth’s poetry and fiction is forthcoming or has appeared in theIowa Review, Chautauqua, Pleiades, Asheville Poetry Review,  Poetry Northwest, storySouth, North American Review, Witness, Chattahoochee Review, Crab Orchard Review, Connecticut Review, and in many other fine magazines, journals, and anthologies.  He has received the Bevel Summers Fiction Award, the Literal Latte Flash Award, and he has served as the Carol Houck Smith poetry scholar at Bread Loaf Writers Conference, as well as a Tennessee Williams fiction scholar at the Sewanee Writers Conference.

Seth is the judge for fiction and poetry for the 2016 David Baker Awards, and will read at UCM alongside the David Baker Awards winners.