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Pegasus Reading Series: Brown, Cruz, Goldstein, Mayo

Join Mag Gabbert and Sebastian Paramo as they host four writers for this month’s Pegasus Reading Series!

Named Best Poetry Night by the Dallas Observer in 2015!

Born in Texas and raised in Chad, Aaron Brown is the author of the poetry collection, Acacia Road, winner of the 2016 Gerald Cable Book Award (Silverfish Review Press). He has been published in World Literature Today, Tupelo Quarterly, Waxwing, Cimarron Review, and Transition, among others, and he is a contributing editor for Windhover and blogs regularly for Ruminate. Brown now lives in Texas, where he is a professor of English and directs the writing center at LeTourneau University. He holds an MFA from the University of Maryland.

Christian Cruz (b.1989) has been creating live events professionally since 2010. Cruz is a multi media artist who creates works at the intersection between dance, theater, poetry and visual arts. Usually within the mediums of performance, installation, video and photo. She has held a poetry residency at The National Museum of Mexican Art, and multiple teaching artists residencies in poetry, spoken word, curating, and installation at Yollocalli Arts Reach and Redmoon Theater in Chicago, IL. As a 1st gen. Mexican-American, she thought it was crucial to make work and live in Mexico. So after finishing at Columbia College Chicago with a BA in arts administration, she dumped all her possessions–and moved to Mexico City, Mexico in 2013. Cruz premiered a live internet-radio show named, “Foráneo” as the host and producer with the Centro de Cultura Digital. Foráneo was discontinued when Cruz got engaged and moved back to her hometown of Dallas, Texas in 2015, where she currently resides. She is a mother to a toddler, stepmom to a tween, and dog mom to a one-eyed rescue. She has presented works at Dfbrl8r Performance Art Gallery (Chicago), The Black Box Theater in Boston for the Arts, Dallas Contemporary, and Smack Mellon (NYC) among other institutions. She has performed in festivals such as Experimental Action in Houston, Texas Vignette in Dallas, Pittsburg’s Performance Art Festival, Performance is Alive at Satellite Art Fair during this year’s SXSW in Austin. And museums, and universities across Mexico City including Museo Universitario del Chopo, Centro Cultural Tlateloco, Teatro de Danza, Centro de Cultural de España and ISSTE Interfaz Acapulco in Acapulco, Mexico. Most recently seen in at Permanent Research Project (PRP) during Art Walk West in Dallas and upcoming in a video feature by Remezcla. She continues to explore movement and poetry with reoccurring themes of resistance and xicanisma. She will be reading from her self published artist book, “Paradise, Performing, & Postpartum.”

Colleen Mayo’s writing has appeared in Crazyhorse, The Sun Magazine, The Rumpus, and elsewhere. She was a 2017 winner of the Creative Writing Spotlight Award for Nonfiction at Florida State University. Colleen lives in Denton, Texas where she is a PhD student in Creative Writing at The University of North Texas.

L. E. Goldstein is a native of Florida. She holds an MA from the University of Southern Mississippi and an MFA from Boston University. She is currently studying and working at the University of Texas at Dallas. Her poetry chapbook, The State of the Ship, was published by Dancing Girl Press in 2016.

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