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: Alina Stefanescu, Kenneth Michael, Angelique Zobitz
Date & Time: Tuesday, September 29, 7:00-8:00 pm CT
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Alina Stefanescu was born in Romania and lives in Birmingham, Alabama with her partner and several intense mammals. She is the author of a hybrid poetry collection, Stories to Read Aloud to Your Fetus(Finishing Line Press, 2017), and her debut fiction collection, Every Mask I Tried On, won the Brighthorse Books Prize and was published in 2018. Her writing can be found in diverse journals, including Prairie Schooner, North American Review, FLOCK, Southern Humanities Review, Crab Creek Review, Virga, Whale Road Review, and others. She serves as Poetry Editor for Pidgeonholes, Poetry Editor for Random Sample Review, Poetry Reviewer for Up the Staircase Quarterly, and Co-Director of PEN America's Birmingham Chapter. A finalist for the 2019 Kurt Brown AWP Prize, Alina won the 2019 River Heron Poetry Prize. She still can't believe (or deserve) any of this. More online at www.alinastefanescuwriter.
Kenneth Michael was born in Missouri, USA, in 1991. He grew up in Nebraska and attended The University of Iowa. After college, Michael moved to New York City, where he lived and worked as a bookseller for two years. His first novel is a work in progress, and he is publishing short stories to be collected into a book-length manuscript. He lives in Iowa City with his wife and son. His website is www.kennethmichael.org
Angelique Zobitz’s poetry has been published in The Journal, Sugar House Review, The Adirondack Review, Obsidian: Literature & Arts of the African Diaspora, Yemassee, Anomaly, Glass: A Journal of Poetry's Poet Resist Series, Poets Reading the News, So to Speak: a feminist journal of language + art, SWWIM, Rise Up Review, Pretty Owl Poetry, Rogue Agent, Psaltery & Lyre, Mortar Magazine, The Midwest Review and many others. Angelique is a 2020 Best New Poets nominee; a 2019 two-time Best of the Net Anthology nominee, and a Spring 2019 Black River Chapbook Competition Finalist.
Her chapbook Love Letters to The Revolution is forthcoming from The American Poetry Journal in October 2020. A tender exploration of revolution, revolutionary mothering, breaking lineal chains and fulfilling ancestral visions, it affirms the experience of inheritance, expectation, and anxiety of the womxn-mother-daughter-sister-cousin-aunt-goddess-witch-bitch multitudes contained within each Black womxn.
She lives in West Lafayette, Indiana with her husband The Silver Fox and daughter The Revolution. She can be found on Twitter and Instagram: @angeliquezobitz and at angeliquezobitz.com
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