Monday, March 21, 2016

reading next Thursday

Thursday, March 24, 2016 @ 7p    ///   UNO’s Barbara Weitz Community Engagement Center
Please join us for the fourth reading in the series INTRODUCING, and the first reading featuring alumni from the UNO Low-Residency MFA in Writing: Natasha Kessler and Kristen Clanton. Send us your students, prospective MFA students, and all writers interested in networking with their fellows! Bring your questions. You'll hear emerging voices from student-writers in the Youth Emergency Services (YES) community writing program, and hear some words about the non-profit's mission. Q&A and book signing to follow. Event is free and open to the public. Parking is also FREE, so bring all your friends! YES is a local non-profit serving homeless and at-risk youth, and staff will be on hand to answer questions. This reading series is sponsored by the University of Nebraska at Omaha's low-residency Master's of Fine Arts in Writing Program.

Natasha Kessler-Rains is the author of Dismantling the Rabbit Altar and the collaborative chapbook SDVIG, co-written with Joshua Ware. Her writing has appeared in many journals, such as iO Poetry, Blue Mesa Review, and South Dakota Review. She received her MFA from the University of Nebraska-Omaha and now teaches composition, literature, and creative writing at several area universities.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Kristen Clanton was born and raised in Tampa, Florida, where she worked as an instructor of English and writing, while also serving as an advocate to promote childhood literacy. She graduated from the University of Nebraska, earning an MFA in poetry, and currently teaches English at the University of Nebraska at Omaha and mentors for the nonprofit organization, The Seven Doctors Project. Her poetry and short fiction have been published by Bicycle Review, The Birds We Piled Loosely, BlazeVOX, Burlesque Press, MadHat Drive-By Book Reviews, MadHat Lit, The Mangrove Review, Midnight Circus, Otto Magazine, The Outrider Review, Ragazine, Quilt, Sugar House Review, and The Sound of Sugar. She has work forthcoming at Furious Gazelle and Leopardskin & Limes.

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