Public Poetry - ARTLINES

Monday, January 18, 2016 - 7:00pm
2421 Bissonnet Street
Houston, TX 77005



Carolyn Dahl’s essays and poems have been published in 25 anthologies including Women on Poetry, Goodbye Mexico, Beyond Forgetting and in journals such as Copper Nickel, Camas, Hawai’i Review, Pirene’s Fountain, and Colere. She was a PEN Texas literary competition finalist and a recipient of fellowships to Hedgebrook and the Vermont Studio Center. Also an artist, Carolyn is the author of Transforming Fabric (Krause Books) and Natural Impressions (Watson-Guptill), and co-author of The Painted Door Opened, a book of poetry and art.

Christa Forster a writer, teacher, performer and poet, earned her BA from Loyola Marymount and MFA from the University of Houston. Currently, her writing explores how race, identity, kinship and annexation conspire to determine a person’s (a family’s, a nation’s) fate. She teaches at The Kinkaid School.

Gabrielle Langley is a recipient of the Vivian Nellis Memorial Award for Creative Writing. Her poetry has appeared in Harbinger Asylum, Eunoia Review, GW Review, The Hatchet and Round Top Poetry Anthology. During the day, Ms. Langley works as a mental health professional. To safeguard her own mental health, she writes poetry and dances Argentine tango at night.

Tony Hoagland’s most recent books include Application for Release from the Dream: Poems (2015) and Twenty Poems That Could Save America and Other Essays (2014). Additional books of poetry include Unincorporated Persons in the Late Honda Dynasty (2010) Rain (2005); What Narcissism Means to Me (2003), a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award; Donkey Gospel(1998), winner of the James Laughlin Award; Sweet Ruin (1992), which was chosen for the Brittingham Prize in Poetry and won the Zacharis Award from Emerson College . He also wrote a collection of essays about poetry, Real Sofistakashun (2006). Hoagland’s many honors and awards include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center. He has received the O.B. Hardison Prize for Poetry and Teaching from the Folger Shakespeare Library, the Poetry Foundation’s Mark Twain Award and the Jackson Poetry Prize from Poets & Writers. Hoagland teaches in the Creative Writing Program at the University of Houston and in the Warren Wilson MFA program.

Fran Sanders is the Founder and Director of Pubic Poetry.

Dr. Anna Tahinci is Professor and Head of Art History at the Glassell School of Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. She has worked at the Musée Rodin, the Musée d’Orsay, the Harvard Art Museums, and the Louvre. She studied History and Archaeology in Greece, Museum Studies at the Ecole du Louvre, and Comparative Literature and Art History at the Sorbonne. She received her PhD from the Sorbonne with a specialization on 19th and 20th century French sculpture (dissertation on Rodin’s collectors during his lifetime). Dr Tahinci has taught at Boston University – Paris, the University of Minnesota, Macalester College, the Minneapolis College of Art and Design as well as at the University of Houston. She co-curated the sculpture exhibition for the Athens Olympic Games in 2004 and the exhibition Rodin and America at the Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University in 2011.

Roberto Tejada is author of the poetry collections Full Foreground (Arizona, 2012), Exposition Park (Wesleyan, 2010), and Mirrors for Gold (Krupskaya, 2006). Founder and co-editor of the multi-lingual journal Mandorla: New Writing from the Americas, he has translated work by Latin American writers including José Lezama Lima, Gerardo Deniz, Eduardo Milán, María Baranda, and Alfonso D’Aquino. An art historian, Tejada has also published National Camera: Photography and Mexico’s Image Environment (Minnesota, 2009), A Ver: Celia Alvarez Muñoz (Minnesota, 2009), the co-edited volume Modern Art in Africa, Asia and Latin America: An Introduction to Global Modernisms (Wiley-Blackwell, 2012), and essays in books on photographers Manuel Álvarez Bravo, Graciela Iturbide, and Luis Gispert. In 2014, he joined the faculty of the Creative Writing Department at the University of Houston.

Nancy Thorleifson was raised in New York. She received degrees in geology and leadership at Arizona State University and Stephen F. Austin State University respectively. She resides in Katy, Texas and is pursuing studies at the Glassell School of Art. Her poems have appeared in Houston Poetry Fest anthologies (2007, 2009) and will be included in the forthcoming Houston Nature, an anthology published by Mutabilis Press.

Justin Janisse is a graduate of Yale University and Iowa Writer's Workshop. He was formerly the Provost's Visiting Writer at the University of Iowa. His work has appeared in North American Review and Zocalo Public Square.