Saturday, November 12, 7pm – Poetry
Katie Ford, Jamaal May, Seth Pollins & Iain Haley Pollock
Katie Ford is the author of Deposition and Colosseum. She is the recipient of a Lannan Literary Fellowship and the Larry Levis Reading Award. Colosseum was named a “Best Book of 2008” by Publishers Weekly and one of the “Top Ten Books of Poetry of 2008” by The Virginia Quarterly. She teaches at Franklin & Marshall College and lives in Philadelphia with her husband and daughter.
Jamaal May is the author of a chapbook, The God Engine. He has received fellowships from Cave Canem, Callaloo, and Bucknell University, where he is the 2011-13 Stadler Fellow. A graduate from Warren Wilson’s MFA program, May is a two-time finalist for the Ruth Lilly Fellowship, a two-time Individual World Poetry Slam finalist, and three-time Rustbelt Slam Champion, with poems appearing in Callaloo, Indiana Review, and Blackbird, among other journals and magazines.
Seth Pollins, a writer and professional cook, lives with his wife in Ambler, a small town outside Philadelphia. He currently works at Whole Foods Market as a lively lecturer, recipe developer, and all-around food optimist. He is also a Professional Tutor at Villanova University’s Writing Center. He is currently working on a novel and is a contributing writer for the online magazine The Nervous Breakdown and the food blog, FoodVibe. He earned an MFA from Warren Wilson College.
Iain Haley Pollock’s debut collection of poems, Spit Back a Boy, won the 2010 Cave Canem Prize and appeared from University of Georgia Press earlier this year. His work had previously appeared in American Poetry Review, Boston Review, and Callaloo. He lives in Philadelphia and teaches at Springside Chestnut Hill Academy, where he is the Cyrus H. Nathan ’30 Distinguished Faculty Chair for English.