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ESWA Late Summer Poetry Reading, featuring Ned Balbo, Meg Eden, David Oates, Truth Thomas, and Pat Valdata!

  • 10 Sep 2020
  • 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Online Only Session on Zoom

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Thursdays with ESWA

Thursdays with ESWA have returned for the fall season!  We're excited to kick things off on September 10th with a poetry reading open to all featuring five amazing and award-winning poets!  A discussion about poetry will follow the reading!

Please note: an email with Zoom log in information and password will be sent out to all registrants 12 hours prior to the event.  You do NOT need to download Zoom to participate.  You do however, have to register for this ESWA event in order to receive the Zoom log in information and password.


Ned Balbo's most recent books are 3 Nights of the Perseids (Richard Wilbur Award) and The Cylburn Tourch-Me-Nots (New Criterion Poetry Prize, both published in 2019.  His previous books are Galileo's Banquet (Towson University Prize co-winner), Lives of the Sleepers (Ernest Sandeen Prize), The Trials of Edgar Poe and Other Poems (Donald Justice Prize and the Poets' Prize), and Upcycling Paumanok.  For his version of Paul
Valéry's "La Jeune Parque" he received a 2017 National Endowment for the Arts translation fellowship. New poems are out in American Journal of Poetry, The Shore, Notre Dame Review, Ecotone, and  Ginkgo Prize Ecopoetry Anthology 2019. He has taught in Iowa State University's MFA program in creative writing and environment, and at Loyola University Maryland. He is married to poet and essayist Jane Satterfield.  For more about Ned Balbo, visit: https://nedbalbo.com


Meg Eden's work is published or forthcoming in magazines including Prairie Schooner, Poetry Northwest, Crab Orchard Review, RHINO and CV2. She teaches creative writing at Anne Arundel Community College. She is the author of five poetry chapbooks, the novel Post-High School Reality Quest (2017), and the poetry collection Drowning in the Floating World (2020). She runs the Magfest MAGES Library blog, which posts accessible academic articles about video games (https://super.magfest.org/mages-blog). Find her online at www.megedenbooks.com or on Twitter at @ConfusedNarwhal.


David Oates is the host and producer of Wordland, a radio program of poetry, stories, and comedy, and the former host of Great Apes (comedy), both on WUGA, Athens, Georgia's public radio station.  He ran the Athens poetry slam, is the current emcee of the Athens Word of Mouth monthly poetry reading and was editor and publisher of Monkey Magazine (slam poetry and satire, mostly).  His books are Night of the Potato (fiction and poetry), Shifting with My Sandwich Hand, Drunken Robins and, The Deer’s Bandanna (all three, haiku).  He is a member of the Haiku Society of America, Word of Mouth Poetry, Athens, and Los Donderinos writing group.  His stories and poems have been published in several magazines, newspapers and websites.  His degrees are in writing from The Univ. of Chicago and the Univ. of Illinois–Chicago.  Former jobs include reporting, radio announcing, teaching, proofreading, and Burger-Chefing. His website is davidoatesathensga.com


Truth Thomas is a singer-songwriter and poet born in Knoxville, Tennessee and raised in Washington, DC (the Capitol recording artist formerly known as Glenn Edward Thomas). He is the founder of Cherry Castle Publishing and studied creative writing at Howard University under Dr. Tony Medina. Thomas earned his MFA in poetry at New England College. His collections include: Party of Black, A Day of Presence, Bottle of Life, Speak Water, winner of the 2013 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work in Poetry and My TV is Not the Boss of Me, (a children's book, illustrated by Cory Thomas). The "Skinny" poetry form is credited to Thomas' creation. A former writer-in-residence for the Howard County Poetry and Literature Society (HoCoPoLitSo), his poems have appeared in over 150 publications, including Poetry Magazine, Ghost Fishing: An Eco-Justice Poetry Anthology (edited by Melissa Tuckey), and The 100 Best African American Poems (edited by Nikki Giovanni). He is the Editor of The Skinny Poetry Anthology (Cherry Castle Publishing, 2019), Editor-in-Chief of The Skinny Poetry Journal, and co-Editor of Tidal Basin Review.  For more about Truth,
visit: https://www.cherrycastlepublishing.com/


Pat Valdata is fiction writer and poet. Her new novel, Fall Squared, is forthcoming from Moonshine Cove Publishing in November. Her other novels are Crosswind and The Other Sister, which won a gold medal from the Arpad Academy of the Hungarian Association. Her poetry book about women aviation pioneers, Where No Man Can Touch, won the 2015 Donald Justice Poetry Prize. Her other poetry titles are Inherent Vice and Looking for Bivalve. A native of New Jersey, Pat has been a Marylander since 1990. She and her husband Bob Schreiber live in Crisfield.  For more about Pat, visit: http://www.patvaldata.com/




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