Monday, February 14, 2011

February 18, 2011

Brooks Sterritt is from North Carolina. His writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Conjunctions, Barrelhouse, The Southeast Review, and elsewhere. He maintains a website and diddled a doorknob. He is currently the fiction editor of Redivider.

Krysten Hill is a first-year MFA student at UMASS Boston from Kansas City, Missouri. She received her BFA in Creative Writing from Stephens College where became involved in Women’s Studies and activism. Performance poetry is her first love and she enjoys rocking the mic at poetry slams. Her mother poets include: Audre Lorde, Carolyn M. Rodgers, and Nikki Giovanni. Her greatest desire is to form a collective of badass women poets who travel around teaching the power of voice to the girls on front porches who wonder what that aching in their chests is all about.

Dan Kraines grew up in New Jersey. He has two brothers. He enjoys reading, art, and watching hockey.

Linda Sariahmed is a displaced Jersey girl who pines for the balmy breezes and particular funk of New Jersey and the New York metro area. In her final semester as an MFA candidate in poetry at Emerson College, she spends most of her time working, trying to figure out new hustles for when she graduates, and trying not to smack her head against her keyboard in despair as she reads things she wrote three years ago and tries to somehow make them thesis-worthy. She also likes to travel, though is usually too poor to do it; somehow, a lot of her poems seem to turn out to be about places anyway.

Katie Raddatz is pursing her MFA at UMass Boston in poetry. She is one of the coordinators of this reading series. She lives in Jamaica Plain, has two cats, loves horror movies and hates writing bios.

Laina Mullin Pruett was born and raised right here in Massachusetts, and has lived in 7 of the commonwealth's 351 towns. She is pursuing an MFA in Fiction at Boston University and will graduate in September. She earned her BA at Emerson College, where she majored in Writing and Film. Currently, she teaches seventh grade Language Arts to 96 adolescents and is really looking forward to February vacation.