Monday, January 17, 2011

Friday--January 21-- Brookline Booksmith -- 7:00PM

Aaron Devine hails from Minnesota, and is a first-year fiction writer in the UMass-Boston MFA program. He’s the author of Wonder/Wander: 522 Days in Latin America, a literary scrapbook of poetry, short fiction, and nonfiction prose, which tells the story of the people and places he knew while living and working in communities off the tourist trail from Nicaragua to Argentina. Aaron has volunteered with Grub Street and the City of Boston's Memoir Project, and teaches writing workshops at 826Boston. He's also a translator, juggler, and certified hospital clown.

Born in the South Central Coast of Vietnam, Binh Nguyen spent her childhood between the mountains of her father’s birthplace, and the sea, of her mother’s. At age nine, she immigrated to the U.S. with her family as a political refugee. Binh won a scholarship from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and attended Baylor University where she earned BAs in literature and philosophy. At the University of Washington, she earned an MA in literature, focusing on modernism, postmodernism, and cultural studies. Binh has studied poetry at the Ezra Pound Center for Literature in Italy, the Saison Poetry Library in England, and is currently pursuing an MFA at Boston University.

Wes Hazard is a poetry MFA candidate in his last semester at Emerson. He likes many different kinds of words and things but lately a lot of his work deals with technology or the million daily indignities brought on by inhabiting a human body. He appreciates your time and wishes you nothing but the best.

Michele Harris received her B.A. in English Literature from Allegheny College, where she served as senior editor for the national undergraduate journal The Allegheny Review. She was awarded the Paul G. Zolbrod prize for excellence in English and received honors for her senior thesis, “Loosening the Knot.” Her work has appeared in The Rectangle, The Susquehanna Review, and Another Book. She teaches undergraduate creative writing at UMass Boston and is a third-year MFA student completing her thesis.

Calvin Olsen was born and raised in Meridian, Idaho. He received a B.A. in English from Brigham Young University and is currently pursuing an MFA in creative writing (poetry) at Boston University. His work has been rejected by journals such as Poetry and AGNI, and is influenced by a seemingly infinite number of unconnected sources. However, despite its random content, much of his writing spawns from his experiences living abroad in Brazil and the UK and his love for water.

Jessica Rae Hahn is not the “Jessica Hahn” you’ll find on the internet. And she has never met Jim Bakker. Rather, she is a young writer who has just finished a stint as the nonfiction editor of Redivider. She loves David Bowie, Swedish Christmas foods, Gabriel García Márquez, baking French breads, ballet exercises, Tristan & Iseult, winters cold enough to chap your skin, Tivoli Gardens, anise-flavored candies, the Mapparium in Boston, heavy quilts, and Shaker cookbooks. What really gets her goat is when train conductors close doors on people. If you see her, say hello.