Wednesday, February 10, 2016
7:30 pm (Doors 7:15 pm)
Celebration of Whimsy
(21-A Clinton Street, just south of Houston)
Tim Seibles, born in Philadelphia in 1955, is the author of several poetry collections including Hurdy-Gurdy, Hammerlock, and Buffalo Head Solos. His first book, Body Moves, (1988) has just been re-released by Carnegie Mellon U. Press as part of their Contemporary Classics series. His latest, Fast Animal, was one of five poetry finalists for the 2012 National Book Award. During the spring semester of 2010, Seibles was poet-in-residence at Bucknell University. A National Endowment for the Arts fellow, he has been a workshop leader for Cave Canem, a writer’s retreat for African American poets, and for the Hurston/Wright Foundation, another organization dedicated to developing black writers. He lives in Norfolk, Virginia, where he is a member of the English and MFA in writing faculty at Old Dominion University.
William Evans is one the most successful performance poets to come from Columbus and the state of Ohio as a whole. He has made three finals stages at the National level, most recently finishing fifth overall at the Individual World Poetry Slam. In 2011, he was a member of the first Columbus Team to make a Finals at the National Poetry. As the founder of the Writing Wrongs Poetry Slam (September ’08), Evans has created the largest weekly poetry open mic currently operating in the city. He also founded the NuGrowth Youth Poetry Slam in Columbus, OH in addition to hosting the first ever Columbus All District High School Poetry Slam in April 2009. Evans released his first full-length manuscript, In the Event You are Caught Behind Enemy Lines in August 2009 on Penmanship Books of Brooklyn, NY. Previous to that, he released a chapbook, Humble Shell Casings on JK Publishing in addition to two poetry CDs: Living in the Hour Glass (2006) and Measure (2007).