Welcome to our spring season. Join us for this month’s edition of Pegasus Reading Series. This month we feature Peter Hyland, Esteban Rodríguez, Erin Slaughter, and Jess Smith.
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, Ashley Mag Gabbertt joined to co-host.
The mission of Pegasus Reading Series is to bridge together literary communities and writers in Dallas and across the nation.
Peter Hyland is the author of the poetry collection Out Loud (Sheep Meadow Press, 2013). His poems, book reviews, and articles have also appeared in American Literary Review, Conduit, Green Mountains Review, New England Review, Ploughshares, and elsewhere. Hyland earned a BFA in Drawing and Painting from the University of North Texas and an MFA in poetry from the University of Houston. He is currently Director of the Onstead Institute at the University of North Texas.
Esteban Rodríguez is the author of Dusk & Dust (Hub City Press, 2019). His poetry has appeared in The Gettysburg Review, New England Review, TriQuarterly, phoebe, Booth, the Rumpus, and elsewhere. He lives with his family and teaches in Austin, Texas.
Erin Slaughter is editor and co-founder of The Hunger, and the author of two poetry chapbooks: GIRLFIRE (dancing girl press, 2018) and Elegy for the Body (Slash Pine Press, 2017). Her first full-length poetry collection, I Will Tell This Story to the Sun Until You Remember That You Are the Sun, is forthcoming from New Rivers Press in 2019. You can find her poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and hybrid writing in Prairie Schooner, The Rumpus, Passages North, Split Lip Magazine, New South, F(r)iction, and elsewhere. She has been nominated for Best of the Net, Best New Poets, and received a special mention for Nonfiction in the 2019 Pushcart Prize anthology. Originally from north Texas, she holds an MFA from Western Kentucky University, and is pursuing a PhD in Creative Writing at Florida State University.
Originally from Georgia, Jess Smith is currently pursuing a PhD in English & Creative Writing at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, TX where she co-founded and curates the LHUCA Literary Series. Her poetry, essays, and criticism can be found in Prairie Schooner, Waxwing, 32 Poems, The Rumpus, and other journals. She received her MFA in poetry from The New School and is the recipient of scholarships from the Sewanee Writers’ Conference and the Vermont Studio Center.