The Dire Literary Series is back with DAVE KEIFABER, CAITLIN MCGILL and ANNA ROSS.
DAVE KEIFABER is a Baltimore-based writer whose work, largely essays and speculative fiction, has been published in Front Porch Journal, Battered Suitcase, ULA Redux, The Light Ekphrastic, LOOP, Artichoke Haircut, Welter, and Cobalt, among other places. He is also a regular contributor to Adfreak, Adweek Magazine’s blog, and has contributed to The Lit Pub and jmww.
He self-publishes his more experimental work, including three ‘zines and a collection of short stories, through his own micropress, Banners of Death.
In 2012, he received his MFA in Creative Writing & Publishing Arts from the University of Baltimore.
CAITLIN MCGILL is a 2016 St. Botolph Emerging Artist Award winner and Bread Loaf Writers’ conference scholarship recipient. She was also the 2014 winner of the Rafael Torch Nonfiction Literary Award. Her essays and flash fiction have appeared or are forthcoming in Blackbird, Crab Orchard Review, Consequence, Gravel, Iron Horse Literary Review, The Southeast Review, Vox, War, Literature, & the Arts, and several other magazines. Currently, she is working on a memoir about her family’s hidden past, intergenerational trauma, inherited survival mechanisms, immigration, race, class, addiction, mental illness, war, and the cost of ignoring our histories. One essay from her book was named a Notable Essay in The Best American Essays 2016.
ANNA ROSS is the author If a Storm (Anhinga Press), selected by Julianna Baggott for the Robert Dana-Anhinga Prize for Poetry, and the chapbooks Figuring (Bull City Press), which was a finalist for the 2015 Alice Fay Di Casagnola Award from the Poetry Society of America, and Hawk Weather (Finishing Line Press), winner the New Women’s Voice Prize and the Jean Pedrick Chapbook Award from the New England Poetry Society. Her work has been recognized by the Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Fellowship program, and she has received additional scholarships and fellowships from the Vermont Studio Center, Sewanee Writers’ Conference, Squaw Valley Poetry Workshop, and Grub Street. Individual poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Barrow Street, The Brooklyn Quarterly, Harvard Review, The New Republic, The Paris Review, Salamander, The Southern Review, Southwest Review, Tupelo Quarterly, and Pangyrus, among other journals. She holds degrees from Mount Holyoke College and Columbia University, teaches in the Writing, Literature & Publishing Program at Emerson College, and is a contributing editor for Salamander. She lives in Dorchester, MA, with her husband, daughter, and son.