Join The Grief Diaries for our first event! On February 26th, stop by Book Culture in Morningside Heights for an evening of literature and art on the theme of loss by some of our recent and upcoming contributors. RSVP here.
February 26, 2016
Book Culture, 536 W 112th St, New York, NY 10025
Catherine Pond is a poet from Alpharetta, Georgia. She currently lives in Brooklyn and teaches at the Fashion Institute of Technology. She is Assistant Director of the New York State Summer Writers Institute and co-editor of Two Peach. Her manuscript, Fieldglass, was a finalist for the Kathryn A. Morton First Book Prize in 2015 (Sarabande Books, Judge: Mary Ruefle).
Ariel Francisco is a Dominican-Guatemalan-American poet born in the Bronx, New York, and raised in Florida. He is currently completing his MFA at Florida International University where he is also the assistant editor of Gulf Stream Literary Magazine. His poems have appeared in The Boiler Journal, Portland Review, Tupelo Quarterly, Washington Square, and elsewhere.
Maximiliane Donicht is from Munich, Germany. She once worked as a pastry chef in France and now practices classical Japanese swordsmanship in New York. She earned her BFA in Comparative Literature at the American University of Paris before joining Columbia’s MFA program for Poetry and Literary Translation. Her poetry has appeared in Bone Bouquet and several issues of Paris/Atlantic.
Ira Thorpe Huff is Haudenosaunee and resides on the Tonawanda Seneca Nation in Western New York. He received his BA in English & Textual Studies from Syracuse University and is currently pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, NM.
Kristen Martin is currently pursuing an MFA in nonfiction writing at Columbia University, where she is at work on a collection of essays on her parents’ lives and deaths, and where she teaches University Writing. Her personal essays have been published in Guernica, The Toast, Saveur, The Pennsylvania Gazette, Cleaver Magazine, and elsewhere.
Jeffrey McDaniel is the author 5 books of poetry, most recently Chapel of Inadvertent Joy (University of Pittsburgh Press). He teaches at Sarah Lawrence College.
Janelle Rainer is a poet, painter and teacher living in the Pacific Northwest. Janelle worked as a soda fountain waitress, peach orchard laborer, and shoe salesman before earning her B.A. in English from Whitworth University, followed by her M.F.A. in Poetry from Pacific University. Janelle’s poetry has been published in numerous journals, including Harpur Palate and The Louisville Review, and her paintings have been featured in venues in and around Spokane, Washington. Find more of Janelle's artwork at www.janellerainerart.com and on Instagram @Janelle_VR. Her debut poetry collection, Two Cups of Tomatoes, was released in October 2015.
Robert Johnson is an abstract expressionist and a survivor of traumatic brain injury—an emerging artist in the truest sense of the words. He is that rare individual who, not only is aware of what he lost and how it has changed him, but can transform this awareness into powerful creative expression.