The Hungry Young Poets Summer Reading Series 2012 Season
Ray Holmes is a graduate of the MFA program at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. His poems have appeared in Architrave Press, Fjords, The Chariton Review, and other journals. He currently teaches writing at Jefferson College and St. Louis Community College.
Austin Kodra is currently working on his MFA in poetry writing at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. His work has appeared in Pirene's Fountain, Polaris, Birmingham Arts Journal, The Medulla Review, and elsewhere.
Max Schleicher is currently an MFA candidate at Southern Illinois University Carbondale where he works as an editorial intern for the Crab Orchard Review. His poems are forthcoming from The Stinging Fly and Lake Effect.
Melissa Singleton studied poetry at Webster University with David Clewell and at the University of Memphis with Shara McCallum and Mary Leader. She is the founder and organizer of the Long River Poetry Collective.
Annie Christain is an assistant professor of English for the New York Institute of Technology in China. Her poems have appeared in The Lifted Brow, Seneca Review, and Bombay Gin, among others. Homunculi's Baptism, her poetry music group, produces spoken word songs that feature Korean drumming, electronica, and rock guitar.
Jazzy Danziger's debut collection, Darkroom, is the winner of the 2012 Brittingham Prize in Poetry. She studied at Washington University in St. Louis and the University of Virginia, where she was a Henry Hoyns/Poe-Faulkner Fellow in poetry and the editor of Meridian. She currently serves as editor for the Best New Poets anthology.
Nathan Fisher earned creative writing degrees from the University of Maine and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, where he is currently an English instructor and tutor. He has worked as an assistant editor for both the Beloit Poetry Journal and for Sou'wester.
Rickey Laurentiis is the recipient of fellowships, scholarships, or residencies from the Cave Canem Foundation, Atlantic Center for the Arts, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and Bread Loaf Writers' Conference. His poetry has appeared in several journals, including jubilat, Indiana Review, Callaloo, and The Feminist Wire. Rickey is currently pursuing his MFA in Creative Writing at Washington University in St. Louis, where he is a Chancellor's Fellow.
Philip Matthews teaches creative nonfiction and poetry writing at Washington University in St. Louis and is a gallery assistant at The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts. His work has recently appeared in Assaracus, Sonora Review, The Tusculum Review, The Puritan, and Zone 3.
Jessica Baran is the art writer for the Riverfront Times. Her debut, Remains to Be Used, a collection of ekphrastic poetry, was published in 2010 by Apostrophe Books. She has also published Late and Soon, Getting and Spending, a chapbook of prose sonnets printed by All Along Press.
Nicholas Kriefall is a native Missourian, a graduate of the University of Central Missouri where he earned a minor in creative writing. He was published in the 2011 issue of Enizagam when he was a finalist for their annual Literary Awards Contest.
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