Cebula, Suzor and McQuain: A Rare Chance Reading – Sunday, Nov. 9th, 2014

Nov. 9th at 5 pm at Head House Books, 19 S. 2nd Street in Philadelphia. Join the Jubilant Thicket Reading Series this Sunday for a rare chance to hear two stellar out-of-town poets, Travis Cebula and Sarah Suzor, and one local yokel (me). Travis has published many collections and spends his summers in Paris! Sarah’s won the Hudson Prize and publishes in amazing journals! Collectively, the two are connected to Naropa, the Left Bank Writers Retreat, Black Lawrence Press, Highway 101 Press, and so much more! I’m so happy to be reading with them. Come and help me give them a warm Philly welcome, and special thanks to Anne-Adele Wright for hosting the series and inviting us.


Travis Cebula lives with his wife and trusty dogs in Colorado, where he writes, edits and teaches creative writing. He graduated from the MFA program at Naropa University in 2009—the same year he founded Shadow Mountain Press, a small press that focuses on handmade editions of poetry chapbooks. His poetry, stories, essays, reviews, and photography have appeared internationally. He is the author of four full-length collections of poetry, including Ithaca, One Year in a Paper Cinema, and After the Fox with Sarah Suzor. You can find him in Paris every summer teaching with the Left Bank Writers Retreat.

Sarah Suzor’s full-length collection of poetry, The Principle Agent, won the 2010 Hudson Prize and was published by Black Lawrence Press in 2011. She also has a collaboration After the Fox, which is co-authored with Travis Cebula (Black Lawrence Press, 2014). Her reviews and interviews can be found in Tarpaulin Sky and Rain Taxi, and she has recently guest blogged for the Best American Poetry series. She lives in Venice, California, where she is a founding editor for Highway 101 Press, a correspondent for Omnidawn’s online magazine OmniVerse, and a guest lecturer for the Left Bank Writers Retreat in Paris.

Kelly McQuain’s newest poems appear in the anthologies The Queer South and Rabbit Ears: TV Poems and Out of Sequence: The Sonnets Remixed. His chapbook Velvet Rodeo was chosen by poet C. Dale Young for the annual BLOOM prize. McQuain’s other awards include fellowships from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts in fiction and nonfiction, and writing contest wins from The Philadelphia City Paper and Redivider magazine. His poetry and prose have appeared in The Pinch, Painted Bride Quarterly, Cleaver, Codex, Weave, Stone Highway Review, Paper Nautilus, Assaracus, Mead, and Kestrel, which nominated the lead poem in Velvet Rodeo for a Pushcart Prize last year. He helped create the creative writing program at Community College of Philadelphia, where he serves as an Associate Professor.


Travis and Sarah at one of their readings.


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