SHANKPAINTER 54: SPRING 2014

DOMENICK AMMIRATI is based in New York. His writing on art and books has appeared in a variety of publications, including the Los Angeles Review of Books, Mousse, Artforum, Bookforum, and Dis. He has been awarded fellowships by the Edward F. Albee Foundation for fiction and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston's Core Program for critical studies. He is currently at work on a novel.

He reads from his novel-in-progress, The Bottom of the Top.

 

ARI BANIAS is the recipient of fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, Headlands Center for the Arts, Djerassi, and the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing. His poems have appeared in Gulf Coast, Subtropics, The Volta, FIELD, and elsewhere, and he’s the author of a chapbook, What’s Personal is Being Here With All of You (Portable Press @ Yo-Yo Labs, 2012). He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

He reads the poem "No More Birds."  This poem first appeared in Transom.

BILL CARTY lives in Seattle and teaches at Edmonds Community College and the Richard Hugo House. Raised in Thomaston, Maine, he holds a BA from Dartmouth College and an MFA from UNC–Wilmington. His poems have appeared in Sixth Finch, Octopus, Transom, Poetry Northwest, PageBoy, and other journals. His chapbook, Refugium was published by Alice Blue Books in 2012.

He reads three poems: "Soho," "Constellations," and "Vow"

SARA GELSTON  grew up in Maine and holds an MFA from the University of Illinois. She was most recently the Diane Middlebrook Poetry Fellow at the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in PloughsharesColorado Review, Poetry NorthwestVersal, Third Coast, and elsewhere. 

She reads three poems: "The Curtain Rises," "Queen Conch," and "The Curtain Falls."  "The Curtain Rises" first appeared inThird Coast; "Queen Conch" first appeared in Poetry Northwest.

VEDRAN HUSIĆ was born in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. He holds an MFA in Fiction from Arizona State University. His short stories are published or forthcoming in Witness, North American Review, The Massachusetts Review, and elsewhere. 

He reads from his story "Deathwinked," which first appeared in the anthology American Fiction, Vol 12: The Best Unpublished Short Stories by Emerging Writers.

GREG JACKSON recently completed an MFA in Fiction at the University of Virginia, where he was a Henry Hoyns Fellow and the 2012 recipient of the Henfield Prize. Before that he worked closely with investigative journalist Ron Suskind on a pair of nonfiction books and for the literary journal n+1. A native of Boston and coastal Maine, he is currently finishing work on a collection of short stories.

He reads from his story, "Tanner's Sisters"

SAM LEADER grew up in England and France and has lived about a third of his life in the United States. He studied Philosophy at Oxford and has an MFA from UC–Irvine. He lives in Brooklyn, New York, and has been working on a novel for a long time.

He reads from his as-yet-untitled novel-in-progress.

NAOMI MULVIHILL is a recent graduate of Lesley University’s low-residency MFA program. Her poems and essays have been published or are forthcoming in CutBank, New Orleans Review, Iron Horse Literary Review, Cave Wall, Georgetown Review, The Writer’s Chronicle, and others. A veteran teacher of the Boston Public Schools, she works at the Rafael Hernández Two-Way Bilingual School.

She reads three poems: "Pastoral," "An Instant Before Impact," and "Cold War Couplets."  "Pastoral" and "Cold War Couplets" first appeared in New Orleans Review; "An Instant Before Impact" first appeared in Iron Horse Literary Review. 

ANDREW PALMER grew up in Des Moines, Iowa, and holds an MFA in fiction from Johns Hopkins University. His writing has been published in The Times Literary Supplement, the San Francisco Chronicle, Kenyon Review Online, The Paris Review Daily, McSweeney's Internet Tendency, The New Yorker's "Shouts and Murmurs" website, and elsewhere. He has been awarded residencies at Ucross, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and Yaddo.

He reads from his novel-in-progress, The Bachelor. 

ALEX WALTON holds degrees from the University of Washington and the Iowa Writers' Workshop, where he was an Arts Fellow, and has lived and taught in Seattle, Rome, and Iowa City. Recent work appears in The Claudius App: A Journal of Fast Poetry.

He reads a selection of poems