Pegasus Reading Series: Chen, Edwards, Honum, and Lester

What: Pegasus Reading Series
When: May 17, 7 pm
Where: Kettle Arts Gallery, 2650 Main St. (Deep Ellum)
Hosted by: Sebastian Paramo and Courtney Marie

Pegasus Reading Series is a monthly series presented by WordSpace showcasing writers in the North Texas area and beyond. Named Best Poetry Night by the Dallas Observer in 2015, Sebastian Paramo and Courtney Marie host.

Doors open at 7PM and show starts at 7:30PM.

This month, Courtney Marie and Sebastian Paramo feature Chen Chen, Stevie Edwards, Chloe Honum, and Keegan Lester.


CHEN CHEN is the author of When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities, winner of the A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize and forthcoming spring 2017 from BOA Editions, Ltd. A Kundiman and Lambda Literary Fellow, Chen’s work has appeared in two chapbooks as well as in publications such as Poetry, The Massachusetts Review, The Academy of American Poets Poem-a-Day, Best of the Net, and The Best American Poetry. Chen helps edit Iron Horse and Gabby. He also works on a new journal called Underblong, which he co-founded with the poet Sam Herschel Wein. Chen received his MFA from Syracuse University and is currently pursuing a PhD in English and Creative Writing at Texas Tech University. He lives in Lubbock with his partner Jeff Gilbert and their pug dog Mr. Rupert Giles.

STEVIE EDWARD’S first book, Good Grief (2012), was selected from an open manuscript competition at Write Bloody and received two post-publication awards: The Independent Publisher Book Awards Bronze in Poetry and the Devil’s Kitchen Reading Award from Southern Illinois University – Carbondale. Her second book, Humanly (Small Doggies, 2015), was a finalist for contests at Crab Orchard, Four Way, and Cleveland State prior to being solicited. She is the Editor-in-Chief and Founder of Muzzle Magazine and Senior Editor in Book Development at YesYes Books. She holds an MFA in poetry from Cornell, and is a PhD Candidate and Teaching Fellow at University of North Texas.

CHLOE HONUM is the author of The Tulip-Flame (CSU, 2014), which was a finalist for the PEN Center USA Literary Award and the winner of Foreword Review’s Book of the Year Award and the Texas Institute of Letters Best First Book of Poetry Award. Her chapbook, Then Winter, is forthcoming from Bull City Press in 2017. She is the recipient of a Ruth Lilly Fellowship and a Pushcart Prize. Raised in Auckland, New Zealand, Honum currently teaches at Baylor University in Waco, Texas.

KEEGAN LESTER is an American poet splitting time between New York City and Morgantown, West Virginia. Mary Ruefle selected his first collection of poetry this shouldn’t be beautiful but it was & it’s all i had, so i drew it for the 2016 Slope Editions Book Prize. His work is published in or forthcoming from the Boston Review, The Atlas Review, Powder Keg, Boaat Journal, The Journal, Phantom Books, Tinderbox, CutBank, Reality Beach and Sixth Finch among others. He is the co-founder and poetry editor for the journal Souvenir Lit. He performs monthly with the New York City Poetry Brothel. He’s taught at the West Virginia Young Writers’ Holiday, Stonehill College, and multiple workshops in Morgantown, West Virginia, and was a mentor for the 2016 Adroit Journal Summer High School Mentorship Program. He was born in Huntington Beach, California. He earned his MFA from Columbia University.

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Pegasus Reading Series: Andrews, Brazeal, Shaheen, and Wolnisty

What: Pegasus Reading Series
When: April 26, 2017 7 pm
Where: Kettle Arts Gallery, 2650 Main St. (Deep Ellum)
Hosted by: Sebastian Paramo and Courtney Marie

Pegasus Reading Series is a monthly series presented by WordSpace showcasing writers in the North Texas area and beyond. Named Best Poetry Night by the Dallas Observer in 2015, Sebastian Paramo and Courtney Marie host.

Doors open at 7PM and show starts at 7:30PM.

JOHN ANDREWS’ first book, Colin Is Changing His Name, was a finalist for the 2015 Moon City Poetry Prize and is forthcoming from Sibling Rivalry Press in June 2017. His work has appeared in Ninth Letter, Redivider, The Boiler, Columbia Poetry Review, and others. He holds an MFA from Texas State University where he served as managing editor for Front Porch Journal. Currently, he is PhD student at Oklahoma State University and an associate editor for the Cimarron Review.

LAUREN BRAZEAL teaches in Dallas, where she practices her terrible Spanish and often wears cowboy boots. She 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, will be published by Yes Yes Books in 2018. In her past, she’s 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 College’s MFA program in writing, her work has appeared in journals like Forklift Ohio, DIAGRAM, Smartish Pace, Barrelhouse Online, Painted Bride Quarterly, and Verse Daily.

GLEN SHAHEEN is the author of the poetry collections Predatory, winner of the 2010 Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize and runner up for the 2012 Norma Farber First Book Award, and Energy Corridor, both published by the University of Pittsburgh Press, and the flash fiction chapbook Unchecked Savagery, published by Ricochet Editions. His work has appeared in Ploughshares, The New Republic, Subtropics, and elsewhere.

NADIA WOLNISTY is a poet, memoirist, flash-fiction author, and creative non-fiction writer. Her poetry, short stories, and essays have appeared in Mad Swirl, Do Not Go Gentle, University Scholar, Apogee, La Alarma, Essay Daily, Haggard and Halloo, and My Favorite Bullet. Her poetry and artwork was featured in a zine machine (www.WhiteRockZineMachine.com), an Art Uprising print anthology Desolate Country, and is runner-up for the 2017 Emily Stauffer Prize. Her debut chapbook, Manual is available from Cringe Worthy Poetry Collective. Her illustrations for James Barrett Rodehaver’s chapbook time travel for daydreamers is forthcoming, also from Cringe Worthy Poetry. She can be found performing around Dallas with Mad Swirl, Common Company, Pandora’s Box, Bonehouse, and Poets on X+.

Pegasus Reading Series: Henning, Karimi, Turner, and Winnette

What: Pegasus Reading Series
When: February 22, 7 pm
Where: Kettle Arts Gallery, 2650 Main St. (Deep Ellum)
Hosted by: Sebastian Paramo and Courtney Marie

Pegasus Reading Series is a monthly series presented by WordSpace showcasing writers in the North Texas area and beyond. Named Best Poetry Night by the Dallas Observer in 2015, Sebastian Paramo and Courtney Marie host.

Doors open at 7PM and show starts at 7:30PM.

This month, Courtney Marie and Sebastian Paramo host Sara Henning, Fowzia Karimi, and Robin Turner

SARA HENNING is the author of A Sweeter Water (2013), her debut collection of poetry, as well as two chapbooks, Garden Effigies (2015) and To Speak of Dahlias (2012). Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in such journals as Quarterly West, Witness, Green Mountains Review, Crab Orchard Review, and RHINO. Winner of the 2015 Crazyhorse Lynda Hull Memorial Poetry Prize, she is a visiting assistant professor of English at Stephen F. Austin State University and serves as an associate editor of Sundress Publications. ​

FOWZIA KARIMI has a background in Visual Arts and Biology. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from Mills College. In her work, she combines the written and visual arts to tell stories. She is a recipient of The Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Awards — 2011. She lives in Denton, Texas. 

ROBIN TURNER brings poetry and zine-making to Dallas-area youth shelters, arts camps, and community centers, and serves as project director for The Writer’s Garret’s Write to Healprograms. Her work has appeared in numerous journals, anthologies, and public poetry projects. A member of Cloudwerks Poetry Workshop, she is an original contributor to the White Rock Zine Machine. Her 2016 chapbook, bindweed & crow poison (from Porkbelly Press), is available at Deep Vellum Books.

COLIN WINNETTE is from Denton, home of Armadillo Aleworks and Dead Dog Lake. He’s the author of several books, including Coyote (Les Figues) and Haints Stay (Two Dollar Radio). His latest novel, The Job of the Wasp, is forthcoming from Soft Skull Press around Halloween time this year. He’s online at colinwinnette.net, and he’ll be selling books at the show to help chip for gas on the ride back north.

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Pegasus Reading Series: Bernhard, Briseno, Faye, and Lemon

What: Pegasus Reading Series
When: December 12, 7 pm
Where: Kettle Arts Gallery, 2650 Main St. (Deep Ellum)
Hosted by: Sebastian Paramo and Courtney Marie

Pegasus Reading Series is a monthly series presented by WordSpace showcasing writers in the North Texas area and beyond. Named Best Poetry Night by the Dallas Observer in 2015, Sebastian Paramo and Courtney Marie host.

Doors open at 7PM and show starts at 7:30PM.

This month, Courtney Marie and Sebastian Paramo host Amy Bernhard, Andy Briseño, Sanderia Faye, author of Mourner’s Bench, and Alex Lemon, author of The Wish Book

AMY BERNHARD’S essays appear in The Rumpus, VICE Magazine, Ninth Letter, Entropy Magazine, and The Colorado Review, among others. Her work has been awarded grants from The Kimmel Harding Nelson Center and The Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. She is a graduate of the Nonfiction Writing Program at The University of Iowa, and she currently teaches creative writing and literature at The University of Texas in Arlington.

J. ANDREW BRISEÑO is Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana, where he coordinates the Brainy Acts Poetry Society and the Cane River Reading Series. His work can be found recently in The Boiler, Waxwing, and Acentos Review.

SANDERIA FAYE was born and raised in Gould, Arkansas. She serves on the creative writing faculty at Southern Methodist University. Faye is the author of Mourner’s Bench (University of Arkansas Press). The novel is the winner of the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award in debut fiction. Her work has appeared in various literary journals and in Arsnick: The Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee in Arkansas, edited by historians Dr. Jennifer Wallach and Dr. John Kirk. Faye is co-founder and fellow at Kimbilio Center for Fiction.

ALEX LEMON’S most recent book is The Wish Book (a finalist for Best Poetry Collection by The Writer’s League of Texas). He is the author of Happy: A Memoir (Scribner–(a finalist for Best Book of Non-fiction by The Writer’s League of Texas) and three other poetry collections: Mosquito, Hallelujah Blackout, and Fancy Beasts. Feverland: Notes & Essays and Or Beauty, a fifth poetry collection are forthcoming from Milkweed Editions. His writing has appeared in Esquire, American Poetry Review, The Huffington Post, Ploughshares, Best American Poetry, Tin House, Kenyon Review, Gulf Coast, AGNI, New England Review, The Southern Review, Grist and jubilat, among others. Among his awards are a 2005 Fellowship in Poetry from the NEA, a Jerome Foundation Fellowship and a 2006 Minnesota Arts Board Grant. He is an editor-at-large for Saturnalia Books, the poetry editor of descant, a Senior Prose Editor for Tupelo Quarterly and sits on the editorial board of TCU Press and the advisory board of The Southern Review. He lives in Ft. Worth, Texas, writes book reviews for the Dallas Morning News, and teaches at TCU and Ashland University’s Low-residency MFA program.

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Pegasus Reading Series: Brownderville, Dubrow, Terazawa

What: Pegasus Reading Series
When: November 7, 7 pm
Where: Kettle Arts Gallery, 2650 Main St. (Deep Ellum)
Hosted by: Sebastian Paramo and Courtney Marie

Pegasus Reading Series is a monthly series presented by WordSpace showcasing writers in the North Texas area and beyond. Named Best Poetry Night by the Dallas Observer in 2015, Sebastian Paramo and Courtney Marie host.

Doors open at 7PM and show starts at 7:30PM.

This month, Courtney Marie and Sebastian Paramo host Greg Alan Brownderville, author of A Horse With Holes In It (LSU Press, 2016); Jehanne Dubrow, author of The Arranged Marriage (U of New Mexico, 2015); and Sophia Terazawa, author of I Am Not A War (Essay Press, 2016).

GREG ALAN BROWNDERVILLE is the author of three books: A Horse with Holes in It (LSU, 2016), Deep Down in the Delta (Butler Center Books, 2012), Gust (Triquartely, 2011). He is a professor of English at Southern Methodist University, teaches creative writing and edits the Southwest Review. He has received several awards, including fellowships and prizes from the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, the Missouri Review, and Prairie Schooner.

JEHANNE DUBROW is the author of five poetry collections, including most recently The Arranged Marriage (University of New Mexico Press, 2015). Dots & Dashes, her sixth book of poems, won the 2016 Crab Orchard Review Series in Poetry Open Competition Award and will be published by Southern Illinois University Press in 2017. Her poetry, creative nonfiction, and book reviews have appeared in Southern Review, The New Republic, The New York Times Magazine, The Hudson Review, The New England Review, as well as on Poetry Daily and Verse Daily. She has been a recipient of the Alice Fay Di Castagnola Award, the Towson University Prize for Literature, an Individual Artist’s Award from the Maryland State Arts Council, fellowships from the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, and a Sosland Foundation Fellowship from the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies.

The daughter of American diplomats, Jehanne was born in Italy and grew up in Yugoslavia, Zaire, Poland, Belgium, Austria, and the United States. She is an Associate Professor of creative writing at the University of North Texas.

SOPHIA TERAZAWA is the author of I AM NOT A WAR (Essay Press, 2016). Please read it at http://www.essaypress.org/ep-56/

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