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Dire Literary Series with Stephanie Laterza, Paul Beckman, and Simeon Berry

July 7, 2018 | 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm


Stephanie Laterza is the recipient of a SU-CASA 2018 artist-in-residence award from the Brooklyn Arts Council. Her poetry has been featured in L’Éphémère Review, Ovunque Siamo, A Gathering of the Tribes, Newtown Literary, Literary Mama, San Francisco Peace and Hope, Meniscus Magazine, and is forthcoming in First Literary Review-East. Her short fiction has been published in The Nottingham Review, Writing Raw, Akashic Books, Literary Mama, and Obra/Artifact. She holds a B.A. in English from Fordham College at Lincoln Center and a J.D. from New England Law School, where a course in Law and Literature brought her full circle to her love of writing. For many years, she’s worked as a contract attorney, which has paralleled her literary career. She lives in Brooklyn, NY with her husband and son


Paul Beckman lives in a small shoreline town in Connecticut with his wife Sandra. Their blended family of five children has to date produced ten grandchildren.

In 1999, Paul received his MFA from Bennington College while working full time in the real estate business from which he now retired.

He has also been a restaurateur, bartender, pin setter, carpenter, Teamster, Air Traffic Controller, numbers runner, builder, butcher and paper boy amongst other callings in his life. Some of his passions are traveling, photography, snorkeling, diving and of course reading.


Simeon Berry lives in Somerville, Massachusetts. He has been an Associate Editor for Ploughshares and received a Massachusetts Cultural Council Individual Artist Grant. His first book, Ampersand Revisited (Fence Books), won the 2013 National Poetry Series, and his second book, Monograph (University of Georgia Press), won the 2014 National Poetry Series.



July 7, 2018
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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