Join us for this month’s edition of Pegasus Reading Series. This month we feature Lauren Brazeal, Greg Brownderville, J. Bailey Hutchinson, and Scott Ray!
About us: Pegasus Reading Series was founded and curated by the poets Robert Torres and Sebastian Paramo in 2014. When Torres left in 2015, Courtney Marie joined Sebastian to host & curate the series. In 2016, both poets joined forces to organize and curate Deep Ellum Lit Hop. In 2018, Mag Gabbert joined to co-host.
The mission of Pegasus Reading Series is to bridge together literary communities and writers in Dallas and across the nation.
Lauren Brazeal is the author of two chapbooks, Zoo for Well-Groomed Eaters (Dancing Girl Press, 2016), and exuviae (Horse Less Press, 2016). Her first full-length collection, Gutter, is releasing in the summer of 2018 from Yes Yes Books. In her past, Brazeal has been a homeless gutter-punk, a resident of Ecuador’s Amazon jungle, a maid, a surfer chick, and a custom aquarium designer. A graduate of Bennington’s MFA program in writing and literature, her work has appeared in journals such as DIAGRAM, Smartish Pace, Barrelhouse, Forklift, Ohio, and Verse Daily. She currently teaches in Dallas. When not devising lectures or writing, she can be found dancing with her three-year-old son, Atreyu, and perfecting her elote en vaso recipe.
Greg Brownderville third book, a collection of poems entitled A Horse with Holes in It, was released by LSU Press on Dave Smith’s Southern Messenger Poets series. Collaborating with composer Jacob Cooper, Brownderville wrote the words to “Jar” (Silver Threads, Nonesuch Records, 2014) and Ripple the Sky, which premiered with the Los Angeles Philharmonic in 2016. Brownderville has been awarded prizes and fellowships from the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, The Missouri Review, Prairie Schooner, New Millennium Writings, and the Porter Fund. In 2012 he joined the faculty of Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. An associate professor of English and the director of Creative Writing at SMU, Brownderville edits the Southwest Review and teaches poetry workshop.
J. Bailey Hutchinson is an MFA Candidate and Teaching Assistant at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. She is originally from Memphis, Tennessee, where she obtained her B.A. from Rhodes College. She is the Poetry Editor for the Arkansas International and serves on the board of directors for the Open Mouth non-profit reading series. Hutchinson’s work has been featured by Beecher’s, Beloit, New South, and more. She was the 2016 recipient of the James T. Whitehead Creative Writing Endowment, and the 2018 recipient of both the Felix Christopher McKean Memorial Award for Poetry and the Lily Peter Fellowship in Poetry, awarded by the University of Arkansas’ department of English in the J. William Fulbright College of Arts & Sciences. Hutchinson was a finalist for the Black Warrior Review’s 2017 Poetry Contest and Nimrod’s 2018 Writing Contest. She won First Prize in the 2018 New South Writing Contest. She is also the recipient of an arts grant from Artists 360.
Scott Ray is from Mississippi. He is a current Contest Fiction Editor at American Literary Review and a reader at Pidgeonholes. He has an MFA in Fiction from the University of Arkansas and is currently a PhD student at the University of North Texas. His work has appeared in Hobart, Jellyfish Review, WhiskeyPaper, and Measure.