We will be hosting readings by three of Arkansas's most exciting poets on Saturday January 23.
Geffrey Davis is the author of Revising the Storm (BOA Editions 2014), winner of the A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize and a Finalist for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award. Other honors include a Cave Canem fellowship, the Anne Halley Poetry Prize, the Dogwood Prize in Poetry, the Wabash Prize for Poetry, the Leonard Steinberg Memorial/Academy of American Poets Prize, and nominations for the Pushcart Prize. Davis grew up in Tacoma, Washington—though he was raised by much more of the Pacific Northwest—and he teaches in the MFA Program at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville.
Heather Dobbins is a proud native of Memphis. Her poems and reviews have been published in Beloit Poetry Journal, Big Muddy, The Rumpus, The Southern Poetry Anthology (Tennessee), and TriQuarterly Review, among others. She has been awarded fellowships to Squaw Valley Community of Writers, Vermont Studio Center, and the Virginia Center for Creative Arts' workshop in Auvillar, France. The Graduate Writing Seminars at Bennington College in Vermont awarded her the Jane Kenyon scholarship. Her book of poems, In the Low Houses, was published in March 2014 by Kelsay Press. She serves as co-chair of the Mid-South Book Festival and recently moved to Fort Smith.
Christian Anton Gerard’s first book of poems is Wilmot Here, Collect For Stella (WordTech, CW Books, 2014). He’s received Pushcart Prize nominations, Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference scholarships, an Academy of American Poets Prize, and the 2013 Iron Horse Literary Review’s Discovered Voices Award. Some of Gerard’s recent poems and essays appear in national and international literary journals such as, storySouth, Post Road, Thrush, Redivider, Orion, Smartish Pace, BODY, and The Rumpus among others. He hold a Ph.D. in English from the University of Tennessee and lives in Fort Smith, AR, where he’s an Assistant Professor of English, Rhetoric, and Writing at the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith.