Featuring contributors and special guests Josh Anthony, Shannon Bushby, Bryn Gribben, Carol Guess, Richard Loranger, Mary Mackey, Jenny Montgomery, and G.G. Silverman.
We will start promptly at 7:00 pm with a limited open mic. Please arrive early!
Suitcase of Chrysanthemums is an exhilarating collection of contemporary poetry and fiction from established and emerging writers across the United States and beyond. The anthology also contains an interview with actor/director Sonja Sohn (The Wire, The Chi, Baltimore Rising).
Submissions for our next anthology are open October 15 2018 to January 15 2019.
Josh Anthony tries, really, they try. They are an MFA candidate in the Pacific Northwest and their work has appeared in a fingerful of publications such as Crab Fat Magazine, Slipstream, and Gone Lawn, among others.
Shannon Bushby is a British writer, currently working on a book-length manuscript of fiction. Her prose and poetry have appeared in The Grief Diaries, Gravel, The Crucible, Forge Literary Magazine, and Edify Fiction.
Bryn Gribben received her master’s degree in cultural studies from Kansas State University in 1998 and her PhD in Victorian literature from the University of Washington in 2005. She is an instructor of English at Seattle University, teaching literature, composition, and creative non-fiction. She has also taught at the Richard Hugo House. Her latest work can be found in the Rappahannock Review and 3Elements Review.
Carol Guess is the author of nineteen books of poetry and prose, including Darling Endangered, Doll Studies: Forensics, and Tinderbox Lawn. In 2014 she was awarded the Philolexian Award for Distinguished Literary Achievement by Columbia University. She teaches in the MFA program at Western Washington University and lives in Seattle.
Richard Loranger is a writer, performer, visual artist, and all around squeaky wheel, currently residing in Oakland, California. His recent book of flash prose, Sudden Windows (Zeitgeist Press, 2016), has been warmly received. He is also the author of Poems for Teeth, The Orange Book, and nine chapbooks. Other recent work can be found in Oakland Review, Full of Crow, and the online anthology HIV Here and Now. website
Mary Mackey is the author of eight collections of poetry including Sugar Zone, winner of the PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Award and Finalist for the 2012 Northern California Book Reviewers’ Award, and The Jaguars That Prowl Our Dreams: New and Selected Poems 1974–2018 (Marsh Hawk Press). Poet D. Nurske has called Jaguars “a monumental achievement.” She is also the author of fourteen novels, several of which have made the New York Times and San Francisco Chronicle Bestseller Lists.
Jenny (Seymore) Montgomery has appeared in publications such as the New York Times, Barrow Street, Tar River Poetry, CALYX, Unsplendid, and the Cairo Times. Her poetry installations have been shown at galleries in Montana and Washington. A former editor of A Gathering of the Tribes, Jenny now resides in Missoula, Montana, where she owns a distillery and cocktail room with her husband.
G.G. Silverman lives just north of Seattle. Her short fiction was most recently nominated for the Best Small Fictions anthology, among other honors, and her work has appeared in The Other Side of Violet, Corvid Queen, So To Speak, The Iron Horse Literary Review, The Seventh Wave, Molotov Cocktail, Iconoclast, and more. She is currently at work on a short story collection as well as her third novel. When not writing, G.G. is a performer with Split Second Improv as well as a visual artist. website