Theme: The South - Poetry Reading

Saturday, May 23, 2015, 8:00 p.m.
Theme: The South, organized by poet and educator Eric Steineger. Invited poets, Alice Osborn, Luke Hankins, Katherine Soniat and Eric Ekstrand will consider the South as place, muse, hero and villain. $5 for BMCM+AC members & students w/ID / $8 for non-members




Alice Osborn’s past educational and work experience is unusually varied, and it now feeds her work as a poet, editor, and author mentor. Alice is the author of three books of poetry and is the proud editor of the Main Street Rag anthologies Tattoos and Creatures of Habitat. In her other life she plays Nirvana on her acoustic guitar and shows off Irish jigs and reels at pubs and parades. She lives in Raleigh, North Carolina, with her husband, two children and four messy birds.





Luke Hankins is the author of a collection of poems, Weak Devotions, and the editor of Poems of Devotion: An Anthology of Recent Poets(both from Wipf & Stock). A graduate of the Indiana University M.F.A. in Creative Writing program, where he held the Yusef Komunyakaa Fellowship in Poetry, Hankins is the founder and editor of Orison Books, a non-profit literary press focused on the life of the spirit from a broad and inclusive range of perspectives. Hankins also serves as Senior Editor at Asheville Poetry Review. His poems, essays, and translations have appeared or are forthcoming in numerous publications, including 32 Poems, American Literary Review, The Collagist,Contemporary Poetry Review, Image, New England Review, Poetry East, Verse Daily, and The Writer's Chronicle.






Katherine Soniat’s seventh collection, Bright Stranger, is forthcoming from LSU Press, spring 2016. The Swing Girl  was selected as Best Collection of 2011 by the Poetry Council of North Carolina. A chapbook, The Goodbye Animals, recently received the Turtle Island Quarterly Award. A Shared Life received The Iowa Poetry. She teaches in the Great Smokies Writers Program.







Eric Ekstrand lives in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, with his husband, Danny, and his father, Ken. He teaches writing at Wake Forest University. He is the recipient of a 2009 Ruth Lilly Fellowship awarded by The Poetry Foundation and graduated from the University of Houston with an MFA in Creative Writing in 2010. He is a former poetry editor of Gulf Coast:A Journal of Literature and Fine Arts. His work has appeared in Poetry, jubilat, Indiana Review, Black Warrior Review, Bat City Review, and elsewhere.  His first full-length collection, Laodicea, was selected by Donald Revell for the Omnidawn 1st/2nd Book Prize and will be published this April.