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Dire Literary Series with Castrodale, Cherches, Saba, Varon, Carlson

May 5, 2018 | 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Beth Castrodale started out as a newspaper reporter and then transitioned to book publishing, serving for many years as an editor for an academic press. Her novel Marion Hatley (Garland Press, 2017) was a finalist for a Nilsen Prize for a First Novel from Southeast Missouri State University Press, and an excerpt from her latest novel, In This Ground, was a shortlist finalist for a William Faulkner – William Wisdom Creative Writing Award. (In This Ground will be published by Garland Press in September 2018.) Beth recommends literary fiction on her website SmallPressPicks.com, and she has published stories in such journals as Printer’s Devil Review, The Writing Disorder, and Mulberry Fork Review. She lives in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts.
Called “one of the innovators of the short short story” by Publishers Weekly, Peter Cherches is a writer, singer and lyricist. Over the past 40 years his writing, both fiction and nonfiction, has appeared in dozens of magazines, anthologies and websites. His first recording as a jazz vocalist, Mercerized! Songs of Johnny Mercer, was released in 2016. He is the author of three previous prose collections, most recently Lift Your Right Arm, which Pelekinesis published in 2013. Cherches is a native of Brooklyn, New York.
Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Mark Saba has been writing for more than thirty years in the genres of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. He has also produced and directed a poetry video.The best way to get a feel for his writing is to read some excerpts from his manuscripts (publications and other work). Though grounded in the realism of vivid detail and human relationships, Mark’s writing often takes a turn into fabulism, magical realism, or any other condition of the imagination that infuses it.

Mark also works as an illustrator and graphic designer at Yale University. He lives with his family in Connecticut.
After earning a degree in Philosophy from Boston University, Julia Carlson lived in the South of France where she learned the secrets of French cuisine. While studying linguistics at the University of Toulouse- le-Mirail, she began writing poetry. Carlson is author of two chapbooks, Turn of the Century (Cloudkeeper Press) and Drift (March Hare Press). Her poetry has been published in many small presses. She has been awarded a Davis-Kidd poetry prize, first place prize for poetry from Fresh! Magazine, and the 2017 PoetryKit Spring Competition. A Cantabrigian, she likes rock and roll, and a wee dram on a cold and snowy night.
Lee Varon is a social worker in the Boston area. She was born in Chicago and grew up in Illinois. As a child she spent summers with her maternal grandmother in Petersburg, Virginia. Many of the poems in this volume refer to the 1936 shooting of her grandfather by the husband of his lover.

Her poetry has been nominated for a pushcart prize. In addition to poetry she writes prose and won the 2015 Briar Cliff Review Fiction Award. She has written several books on adoption. Her poetry has been published in various journals including Atlanta Review, Ibbetson Street, The Somerville Times, Muddy River Poetry Review, Wilderness House Literary Review, and Oddball Magazine


May 5, 2018
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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