Sunday, February 12, 2012

February 17, 7 pm, Brookline Booksmith

279 Harvard Street, Brookline, MA

Megan Fernandes is a PhD candidate in English at the University of California, Santa Barbara and a current poetry MFA student at Boston University. Her poems have been published in Upstairs at Duroc and Media Fields: Science and Scale. She is the poetry editor of the anthology Strangers in Paris and is the author of two chapbooks, Organ Speech (Corrupt Press) and Some Citrus Makes me Blue (Dancing Girl Press). She was recently named the recipient of the 2012 "Writer's Room in Boston" Fellowship in Poetry.

Tyler Smith is from Rochester, NY. He is a founding member of the extreme sport known as Vertical Planking. He currently lives in Boston and is finishing his MFA in poetry this Spring.

Have you ever gone to the website "I Write Like" ( Amy Lester has. Apparently, she writes like Stephen King. True story. She tested it four times, and each time the result was the same. So it must be true. Of course, she has no idea if this is true, having never read any King herself. Plus, subsequent tests reveal that she writes like J.D. Salinger, David Foster Wallace, and/or - to her surprise - a handful of science fiction writers. Feel free to judge for yourself...
(Oh. Amy is an MFA candidate in nonfiction at Emerson College, which is approximately 1,000 miles away from her home in Wisconsin.)

Krysten Hill is a second-year poetry MFA student at UMass-Boston from Kansas City, Missouri. She received her BFA in Creative Writing from Stephens College, where she became involved in Women’s Studies and activism. Her mother poets include: Audre Lorde, Nikki Giovanni, and Patricia Smith. She believes that this “page vs. stage” argument is getting out of hand and thinks that a poem should live in whatever skin it feels good in. 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.

Aaron Devine is a 2nd year fiction student in the UMassBoston MFA program. He works as Writer in Residence at Children's Hospital and helps run the Write on the DOT reading series in Dorchester, where he lives.

Shubha Sunder grew up in Bangalore, India, and came to the United States in 2001. She earned her BA in physics from Bryn Mawr College, and has taught math and physics at the high school level. She is now an MFA student in fiction at Boston University, and a Teaching Fellow. Her short stories and poems have been published in Nimbus and The Drum Literary Magazine. She lives in Jamaica Plain.