This Saturday, October 9th, Bozarts Gallery and Vox Press are teaming up to present an evening of poetry and music featuring poets Joshua Marie Wilkinson, Jaswinder Bolina, and Abraham Smith and banjo player Solan Jensen. Chili and refreshments will be provided so come famished. Events start at 7:00 at Bozarts Gallery located at 403 Main Street in Water Valley.
Born and raised in Seattle, JOSHUA MARIE WILKINSON is the author of five books of poetry, most recently Selenography (featuring Polaroids by Tim Rutili) and The Book of Whispering in the Projection Booth. He has also edited two anthologies for University of Iowa Press, including the just-released Poets on Teaching, including 99 short essays by 101 poets. He lives in Chicago and teaches at Loyola University.
JASWINDER BOLINA received his MFA from the University of Michigan in 2003 and his PhD from Ohio University in 2010. His first book, Carrier Wave, won the 2006 Colorado Prize for Poetry and was published in 2007. Poems from his new manuscript have appeared in recent issues of American Poetry Review, Black Warrior Review, Ploughshares, and other journals. He is the 2010-11 Liberal Arts and Sciences Emerging Poet-in-Residence at Columbia College Chicago.
ABRAHAM SMITH hails from Ladysmith, Wisconsin. Action Books published his first book of poems Whim Man Mammon, and his brand new book, Hank, is just out this fall from Action Books as well. His journal credits include American Poetry Review, jubilat, Northwest Review, Denver Quarterly, Typo, and Ninth Letter, among others. He was a 2004-05 Writing Fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown, MA. Presently, he teaches literature and creative writing at the University of Alabama. He lives in Tuscaloosa.
Banjo player, SOLAN JENSEN works in travel and education, dividing his time between Antarctica, Alaska, and the Arctic. Educated in philosophy and biogeography, Solan’s current projects include the forthcoming tour documentary on the band Califone, co-directed with Joshua Marie Wilkinson, entitled Made a Machine By Describing the Landscape due out in 2011. He lives in Juneau, Alaska.