WHAT: Poetry/Prose Reading — Markovitz, McQuain, Heston — celebrating works from The Head & The Hand, Bloom Books, and Finishing Line Press.
WHEN: Sunday, September 28th, 8 PM
WHERE: Tattooed Mom, 530 South Street, Philadelphia, PA
Jeffrey S. Markovitz is a Professor of English and Creative Writing and is the Director of the Creative Writing Certificate Program at the Community College of Philadelphia. His fiction, non-fiction, and poetry have appeared in a variety of print and online journals. His short-story chapbook, —for Olivia, was published by The Head and the Hand Press (2013) and can be ordered here: http://www.theheadandthehand.com/product/vending-machine-chapbook-collection/. His novel, Into the Everything was published by Punkin Books (2011) and can be ordered here: http://www.thebookpatch.com/BookStore/into-the-everything/042ed1c6-dc95-4add-a772-c1ad89682b3a. He lives in Philadelphia, an incredible place to write.
Kelly McQuain’s chapbook, Velvet Rodeo, was recently chosen by poet C. Dale Young for BLOOM magazine’s poetry prize. McQuain’s writing has appeared in such venues as Painted Bride Quarterly, Kestrel, The Pinch, Assaracus, The Harrington Gay Men’s Fiction Quarterly, and American Writing, as well as in numerous anthologies, including Best American Erotica, Men on Men, Between: New Gay Poetry, Drawn to Marvel: Poems from the Comic Books, The Queer South and Skin & Ink. His book reviews and essays on city life appear in The Philadelphia Inquirer. Among his writing awards are two fellowships from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. Visit him at http://www.kellymcquain.wordpress.com.
Brian Patrick Heston grew up in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His first book, “If You Find Yourself,” won the Main Street Rag Poetry Book Award and is available for preorder here: http://mainstreetrag.com/bookstore/product/if-you-find-yourself/. His poems have won awards from the Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Foundation, the Robinson Jeffers Tor House Foundation, and the Lanier Library Association. He is the author of the chapbook, “Latchkey Kids,” which is available from Finishing Line Press. His poetry and fiction have appeared in such publications as Many Mountains Moving, West Branch, Lost Coast Review, Rosebud, Harpur Palate, 5AM, The Spoon River Poetry Review, Poet Lore, South Carolina Review, and is upcoming in Tampa Review and Cider Press Review. Presently, he is a PhD candidate in Literature and Creative Writing at Georgia State University.