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.
Our Reading Series Director and host is Jennifer MacBain-Stephens.
The Lineup: Crystal Stone, Christopher Eck, Shereena Honary
Date & Time: Tuesday, August 25, 7:00-8:00 pm CT
Donation: Please support the poets! Purchase their books or donate a suggested tip of $5-$20. Link to buy Crystal's first book, Knock Off Monarch: https://www.amazon.com/dp/0936014253. Shereena's Venmo: @Shereena-Rae.
Crystal Stone is the author of two collections of poetry, Knock-Off Monarch (Dawn Valley 2018) and All the Places I Wish I Died (CLASH 2021). Her work has previously appeared in The Threepenny Review, The Hopkins Review, Salamander, Poetry Daily, Writers Resist and many others. She is an MFA candidate at Iowa State University, where she gave a TEDx talk on the transformative power of poetry. You can find her on Twitter @justlikeastone8, on Instagram @justlikeastone, or at her website www.crystalbstone.com
Christopher Eck is an artist and teacher in the Eastern Iowa Mississippi River Valley area. His central creative mode archives the chaos of life and death with grinning openness. Recent musical collaborations include Alone But Never Alone with The Small But Mighty Songwriters and Coffin Key ambient solo guitar tone poems. Look for upcoming releases from Christopher's poetry-sketch hybrids in How To Draw a Knife, illustrated memoirs of arachnid-human interaction in Stories About Spiders, and lyrical explorations of long-lost personal influences in Regulator.
Shereena Honary was born in Iowa to an American mother and immigrant father. Her father left Iran in the late 1970s prior to the Iranian revolution and Iran-Iraq war. Her Iranian-American heritage inspired her to pursue a Research Masters degree in Area Studies of the Middle East, from Leiden University. Shereena's research analyzed themes of identity, culture, and notions of the Other present in first-person narratives written by displaced Iranian women authors. Her thesis, “Drawn Together: Narrating the Self and Other in Persepolis” led to 2 publications in peer-reviewed academic journals: Persica and Nätverket. She has spoken to high school and college classes on topics of otherness, immigrant identity, Islam, storytelling, and women in literature.
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