The First Summer Poetry Salon of 2013
Date: 4:30pm - 7:30pm EDT May 28, 2013
The first of our three Summer Poetry Salons, featuring readings by poets Michelle Chan Brown, Ryan Teitman, and a performance by Chester River Runoff. Good conversation, literature, music, and wine!
Michelle Chan Brown
Michelle Chan Brown’s Double Agent was the winner of the 2012 Kore First Book Award, judged by Bhanu Kapil. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Anti, Cimarron Review, Linebreak, The Missouri Review, Quarterly West, Sycamore Review, Witness, and others.
A Kundiman fellow, Brown received her MFA from the University of Michigan, where she was also a Rackham Fellow. She has received scholarships from the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, the Vermont Studio Center, Wesleyan Writers’ Conference. Her chapbook, The Clever Decoys, is available from LATR Editions. She lives with her husband, the musician Paul Erik Lipp, in Washington DC, where she teaches, writes,
edits Drunken Boat, and co-curates the Café Muse literary series.
Ryan Teitman is the author of Litany for the City, selected by Jane Hirshfield for the A. Poulin Jr. Poetry Prize and published by BOA Editions. He received an MA in English and an MFA in Creative Writing from Indiana University, and his poems have appeared in Ninth Letter, Sycamore Review, The Southern Review, and other journals. He was formerly a Wallace Stegner Fellow in Poetry at Stanford University and is currently the Emerging Writer Lecturer at Gettysburg College.
Chester River Runoff
Chester River Runoff are an original bluegrass band from Maryland’s rural Eastern Shore. Their honest, unaffected sound features big harmonies, insightful songwriting, and tight instrumental work, and they preserve in their live shows the warm spirit and humor of friends who first started playing together just to learn their instruments.
Through this variety of settings, they have forged connections with diverse audiences without losing touch with their origins in the bluegrass tradition. By looking forward with their own vision and growing with open ears from their roots in bluegrass and country, the Runoff follow in the footsteps of the music’s pioneers, who experimented freely and strived to develop their own distinctive styles.