Pegasus Reading Series: Brownderville and Wagenaar

Pegasus is a new monthly forum for poets and writers to showcase their work in the DFW area. Thank you to Kettle Arts for lending their space!

This month we showcase the work of Gregory Brownderville and Chelsea Wagenaar. Open mike follows the features. Get there early to sign up.

Greg Alan Brownderville first collection of poems, entitled Gust (Northwestern University Press/TriQuarterly, 2011)was included among “Top Picks” by the Library Journal. Brownderville published Deep Down in the Delta (Butler Center Books, 2012), a collection of folkloristic poems based on fieldwork he conducted in and around his home community of Pumpkin Bend, Arkansas. Brownderville’s third book, a collection of poems entitled A Horse with Holes in It, will be released by LSU Press on Dave Smith’s Southern Messenger Poets series in the fall of 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. Since 2012 Brownderville has been an assistant professor of English at SMU in Dallas, where he teaches creative writing, primarily poetry.

Chelsea Wagenaar is the author of Mercy Spurs the Bone (Anhinga, 2015), the 2013 winner of the Philip Levine Prize for Poetry, chosen by Philip Levine. She is the recipient of a Toulouse Fellowship at the University of North Texas, where she is a doctoral teaching fellow. Her poems have appeared or been accepted for publication recently in Meridian, The Southeast Review, Crab Orchard Review, Fugue, and Plume. She lives in Denton with her husband, fellow poet Mark Wagenaar, and they are expecting their first child in early July.


Pegasus Reading Series: Hirsi and Stratman

Fatima Hirsi comes from the water. She was raised by her mother and her nana on bedtime stories that instilled a love for words. When not reading about ethnographic fieldwork, she gives poetry to children in north Texas schools, shelters, and community centers as an educator for the Writer’s Garret. She’s appeared in various Sound Culture productions and featured her work across Texas. Her poetry has appeared in Vagabonds, the anthology of the Austin International Poetry Festival, and the anthology Poem Your Heart Out. She can often be found in public spaces making poems for strangers on her typewriter. See her work

Connor Stratman is a poet and literary critic from Dallas, Texas. His books and chapbooks include VOLCANO (Writing Knights Press, 2011), SOME WERE AWAKE (plumberries press, 2011), and AN EARLY SCRATCH (Erbacce Press, 2010). His work has appeared in such journals as Moria, Counterexample Poetics, Moss Trill, Earl of Plaid, Dead Snakes, Polari, Otoliths, Ditch, Etcetera, and many others. He is currently teaching composition and pursuing a PhD in English Literature at the University of Texas at Arlington.

Pegasus Reading Series: Nick McRae and Travis Crockett

Nick McRae is the author of The Name Museum (C&R Press, 2014) and Mountain Redemption (Black Lawrence Press, 2013), as well as editor of Gathered: Contemporary Quaker Poets (Sundress Publications, 2013). His poems have appeared in Cincinnati Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, The Southern Review, Third Coast, and elsewhere. A graduate of the MFA program in creative writing at Ohio State University, he is currently associate editor of 32 Poems and Robert B. Toulouse Doctoral Fellow in English at the University of North Texas.

Travis Crockett graduated from the University of North Texas with a BA in philosophy. He’s been published in the gay journal Assaracus and maintains the website A Pagan Aesthetic. He also thinks college was a joke. A cruel, expensive joke.