Wednesday, September 22, 7pm – Poetry
Will Lane was a carpenter and builder for more than a decade before graduating from Gettysburg College with a major in classical Greek. Over the years he has worked as a community activist; a photographer; a social worker and parent educator for Head Start; and as a teacher of writing and literature. He also served a year as Assistant Provost of Gettysburg College before returning to the English Department as a Lecturer. He holds a M.A. from the Graduate Institute at St. John’s in Annapolis, Maryland, and lives with his wife Anne in rural Adams County, not all that far from where he was born. He has published three chapbooks: In the Barn of the God and Elegy for Virginia Redding from Mad River Press in Richmond, Massachusetts and Moonlight Standing in for Cordelia from Hanging Loose Press of Brooklyn, New York.
Dilruba Ahmed’s debut book of poems, Dhaka Dust (Graywolf, 2011), won the 2010 Bakeless Prize for poetry. Her writing has appeared in Blackbird, Cream City Review, New England Review, New Orleans Review, and Indivisible: Contemporary South Asian American Poetry. Her poems are forthcoming in Asian American Literary Review, Philadelphia Stories, Cerise Press, and The Normal School.
Julia MacDonnell’s short stories have appeared in numerous literary magazines including American Literary Review, Mangrove, Briar Cliff Review, Paper Street, and North Dakota Quarterly. Her articles, essays and book reviews have appeared in the Boston Globe, the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Philadelphia and the New York Daily News, Columbia Journalism Review and National Catholic Reporter. Her first novel, A Year of Favor, was published by William Morrow & Co. Her second novel, Mimi Malloy By Herself is currently under submission. MacDonnell’s writing has been recognized with two fellowships from the NJ State Council on the Arts, two from the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, an excellence in journalism fellowship from the John L. and James S. Knight Foundation, and with a Pulitzer Traveling Fellowship. She lives in Camden County, NJ, with two of her three more or less grown children,three cats and a dog.
Christa Setteducati lives in West Orange, New Jersey and teaches composition courses at Montclair State University and Kean University.
Brian Patrick Heston grew up in Philadelphia. He has an MFA in fiction from George Mason University and an MA in poetry from the University of New Hampshire. His poetry has appeared in such publications as Slipstream, Confrontation, West Branch, The Bitter Oleander, Many Mountains Moving, Painted Bride Quarterly, 5am, and is upcoming is Spoon River Poetry Review. His fiction has appeared in ourstories, Flash!Point, Many Mountains Moving, and Red Cedar Review. Presently, he teaches at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia and is an assistant editor with Many Mountains Moving Press.