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BCAC's Literati Reading Series Returns November 18th

From BCAC:

The third installment of The Literati Reading Series will present featured poet Rachel McKibbens and opening poet Abby Murray, Monday, November 18th from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. at Broome County Arts Council, 81 State Street, Suite 501 in the Stephens Square Building in downtown Binghamton. The series is hosted and coordinated by Tara Betts. The series is funded by Binghamton Center for Writers, Creative Writing Program, Binghamton University-SUNY and sponsored by Curcio Printing.

Poet, activist, playwright and essayist Rachel McKibbens is a New York Foundation for the Arts poetry fellow, a Poetry Editor at Radius, author of the critically acclaimed volume of poetry, Pink Elephant (Cypher Books, 2009.) Her second book of poetry is Into the Dark and Emptying Field (Small Doggies Press, 2013). She is a nine-time National Poetry Slam team member, has appeared on eight NPS final stages, coached the New York louderARTS poetry slam team to three consecutive final stage appearances, is the 2009 Women of the World Poetry Slam champion and the 2011 National Underground Poetry Slam individual champion. Her poems, short stories, essays and creative non-fiction have been featured in numerous journals and blogs, including Her Kind, The Los Angeles Review, The Best American Poetry blog, The Beloit Poetry Review, The Nervous Breakdown, The Rumpus, The London Magazine, The Acentos Review, World Literature Today, and The American Poetry Journal. McKibbens appeared on two seasons of “Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry Jam” and in the documentary “Slam Planet” in 2006 at SXSW. She resides with her family in upstate New York where she teaches poetry and co-curates the monthly reading series Poetry & Pie Night.

Abby E. Murray studied English and German at Seattle University, then received her MFA from Pacific University. She is currently earning her Ph.D. in English from Binghamton University. Her second chapbook, Quick Draw: Poems from a Soldier’s Wife, was recently released on Finishing Line Press and is based on her husband’s deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. She works for the Binghamton Poetry Project and is particularly interested in studying the benefits creative writing has to offer veterans in the college classroom.

The final reading in the Literati Reading Series takes place Monday, December 16th and will feature Joseph O. Legaspi, author of Imago (Cavan Kerry Press, 2007) and the chapbook Subways (Thrush Press, 2013).

For more information, contact Sharon Ball at 607-723-4620 or email
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