In our monthly reading series, "Today You Are Perfect," we bring poets and artists and listeners together to share their words. Afterward, everyone has the option to participate in a small question and answer session.
The Lineup: McGuirk, Caridad Moro-Gronlier, Noelia Cerna
Date & Time: Tuesday, October 27, 7:00-8:00 pm CT
Donation: Please support the poets! Purchase their books or donate a suggested tip of $5-$20. McGuirk’s Venmo is @sara-mcguirk. Order Caridad Moro-Gronlier’s edited anthology Grabbed: Writers Respond to Sexual Assault at https://www.amazon.com/Grabbed-Writers-Assault-Empowerment-Healing/dp/0807071846 and chapbook Visionware at https://www.
McGuirk currently teaches at the University of Iowa Magid Center for Undergraduate Writing. She holds an MFA in poetry from the Iowa Writers' Workshop and a BA in English and Film Studies from the University of Notre Dame. She was the winner of the 2017 Phyllis Smart-Young Prize in poetry and a finalist for the 2017 Madeleine P. Plonsker Emerging Writer's Prize in poetry. McGuirk works at a bike shop and performs with the I.C. Kings drag troupe
Caridad Moro-Gronlier is the author of Tortillera, forthcoming from Texas Review Press in early 2021 and the chapbook Visionware, available from Finishing Line Press 2009). She is a Contributing Editor of Grabbed: Writers Respond to Sexual Assault (Beacon Press 2020) and Associate Editor for SWWIM Every Day. Moro-Gronlier is the recipient of an Elizabeth George Foundation Grant and a Florida Individual Artist Fellowship in poetry. Her work has been nominated for two Pushcart Prizes, The Best of the Net and two Lambda Literary Awards. Her recent work can be found at The Best American Poetry Blog, West Trestle Review, Literary Mama, Fantastical Florida and others. A career educator, she is an English professor at FIU and MDC in Miami, FL where she resides with her wife and son.
Noelia Cerna is a Latina poet based in Northwest Arkansas. She was born in Costa Rica and immigrated to the United States at the age of 7 and received a Bachelor’s degree in English from Westminster College in Missouri. Her poems have been published in audio form in Terse. Journal, The Revolution [Relaunch], The North Meridian Review and the Plants and Poetry Journal.
Noelia is the Program Coordinator for the Creative Arkansas Community Hub & Exchange (CACHE), a reader and poetry feedback editor for Tinderbox Poetry Journal, an assistant poetry editor for Borderlands Texas Poetry Review, an associate editor for Sibling Rivalry Press, an editor for Nomadic Press, a writing mentor for Pen America’s Prison Writing Mentorship Program and a recent recipient of the PEN America L’Engle-Rahman Prize for Mentorship, the board president and director of the Ozark Poets and Writers Collective, a writer for Powerful Latinas Rising and a community partner and event curator for the Plants & Poetry Journal.
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