Welcome to our fall season—please join us for the August edition of The Pegasus Reading Series! This month we feature Chen Chen, Nomi Stone, Megan J. Arlett, and Lauren Belmore.
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.
Chen Chen is the author of When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities, which was longlisted for the National Book Award and won the Thom Gunn Award and the Texas Book Award, among other honors. Bloodaxe Books has just released a UK edition. His work appears in many publications, including Poem-a-Day and The Best American Poetry. He has received a Pushcart Prize and fellowships from Kundiman and the National Endowment for the Arts. He holds an MFA from Syracuse University and a PhD from Texas Tech University. He co-edits Underblong and teaches at Brandeis University as the Jacob Ziskind Poet-in-Residence.
Nomi Stone is a poet and an anthropologist, and the author of two poetry collections, Stranger’s Notebook (TriQuarterly 2008) and Kill Class (Tupelo 2019). Winner of a Pushcart Prize, Stone’s poems appear recently in POETRY, American Poetry Review, The New Republic, The Best American Poetry, Tin House, New England Review, and elsewhere. She has a PhD in Anthropology from Columbia and an MFA in Poetry from Warren Wilson, and she is an Assistant Professor in Poetry at the University of Texas, Dallas.
Megan J. Arlett was born in the UK, grew up in Spain, and now lives in Texas where she is pursuing her PhD. She is an editor at the Plath Poetry Project. The recipient of two Academy of American Poets Prizes, her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Best New British and Irish Poets, The Kenyon Review, Ninth Letter, Passages North, Third Coast, and elsewhere.
Lauren Belmore used to perform a lot, fell into a deep depression, and dedicated two years to reformatting their entire life and habits before they felt they could return to the realm of the arts. They are excited to be reading for this lovely event. They have had work displayed and performed at the Nasher, Dallas Contemporary Theatre, Deep Vellum Books and have opened for the likes of Amber Tamblyn, Derrick Brown, Kim Vodika, Ezchno Martin, and other amazing poets. They hold a B.A. in Playwriting from UNT. They owe all their success up until now to Courtney Marie, who deserves all of the gold in the world.