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National Poetry Month: Reading with Carol Parris Krauss, Virginia Crawford, & Steve Bellin-Oka!

  • 22 Apr 2021
  • 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Zoom
Join us for this fabulous Thursday Night with ESWA reading in honor of National Poetry Month!  Featuring readings from Carol Parris Krauss, Virginia Crawford, and Steve Bellin-Oka!  A Q&A session will follow the reading.  

Carol Parris Krauss is new to the Hampton Roads area of Virginia after living in Fort Lauderdale for 25 years. This mother, teacher, poet enjoys tackling current subjects and layering them with references to nature. In 2018, she was recognized by the University of Virginia Press as a Best New Poet (which is ironic, because she was 60 years old at the time). She is a proud Clemson graduate, a bad gardener, and a reader for Full House Literary Magazine. Recent publications include, Anti-Heroin Chic, Black Bough, Bear Creek Gazette, and Pine Mountain Sand & Gravel. She has work forthcoming in Broadkill Review

Virginia Crawford is a long-time teaching artist with the Maryland State Arts Council. She has co-edited two anthologies: Poetry Baltimore, poems about a city and Voices Fly, An Anthology of Exercises and Poems from the Maryland State Arts Council Artist-in-Residence Program from CityLit Press. She earned degrees in Creative Writing from Emerson College, Boston, and The University of St. Andrews, Scotland. Her book Touch appeared in 2013 from Finishing Line Press. Her latest book, questions for water, was recently released from Apprentice House Press.  She writes and lives in Baltimore with her family.

Steve Bellin-Oka’s first book of poems, Instructions for Seeing a Ghost, won the 2019 Vassar Miller Prize in Poetry and was published by the University of North Texas Press in 2020. He is also the winner of the Blue Mountain Review/Southern Collective Experience LGBQT Poetry Prize for his forthcoming chapbook, Tell Me Exactly What You Saw and What You Think It Means. His two other chapbooks are Dead Letter Office at North Atlantic Station (Seven Kitchens Press, 2017) and Out of the Frame (Walls Divide Press, 2019). He earned his M.F.A. in Poetry from the University of Virginia and his Ph.D. from the University of Southern Mississippi’s Center for Writers. He has taught writing, film, and literature at the University of Mississippi, St. Norbert College, and Eastern New Mexico University. He is currently a Tulsa Artist Fellow and Research Fellow at the Oklahoma Center for the Humanities. His other honors include the Eli Cantor Fellowship from Yaddo and fellowships from the Vermont Studio Center and the Virginia Center for Creative Arts. He was the 2019 recipient of the Poets-in-the-Parks fellowship from the National Parks Arts Foundation. He lives in Tulsa with his husband, their dog, and three cats.

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