February 1st Hoot Featured Readers

February 1st Hoot Featured Readers

Megan Grumbling writes poetry, criticism and essays, and dramatic works, and serves as an editor, teacher, and writing mentor. Her collection Booker’s Point, awarded the Vassar Miller Prize for Poetry, is forthcoming from the University of North Texas Press in 2016. Her work has been awarded the Poetry Foundation’s Ruth Lilly Fellowship, the Robert Frost Award from the Robert Frost Foundation, a Hawthornden Fellowship at Hawthornden Castle, Scotland, and a St. Boltoph Emerging Artist Award, and has been included in Best of the Net, Best New Poets, and Verse Daily.

Megan serves as Reviews Editor for The Café Review, a poetry and arts journal, and has since 2004 written weekly theater criticism forthe Portland Phoenix. She teaches at the University of New England and Southern Maine Community College, frequently leads writing workshops and tutorials, and provides manuscript consultations and editing work.

She earned a Master’s Degree in Cultural Reporting and Criticism from New York University’s School of Journalism, and studied oral history, ethnography, and American Studies as an undergraduate at The Evergreen State College.

Megan’s work is strongly influenced by stories, history, and the natural world. She has written a portrait-in-verse of an old Maine woodsman; explored the significance of gold in America through the voices of three historical figures; and contemplated how we inhabit the vessels of a neighborhood, a body, and the deep and precarious blue. [http://www.megangrumbling.com/bio/]

 


Born in Nashua, NH, James Rioux studied poetry at the University of New Hampshire and Georgia State University, where he received the Gerard Manley Hopkins Award. His work has appeared in a variety of publications including Five Points, Agenda, The North American Review, The Cafe Review, Ars Interpres, and Prairie Schooner. His first book, Fistfuls of the Invisible, was published by Penhallow Press. He currently teaches writing at the University of New Hampshire.  [source]

Jim is also one of the co-hosts of WSCA’s Writers in the Round, founded by former PPLP Board Member, Deidre Randall.

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