Thu 2/13 7pm – 8 pm
Flyleaf Second Thursday Poetry Reading, Featuring Sandy Longhorn & Maura High
About this month’s featured poets:
Sandy Longhorn is the author of The Girlhood Book of Prairie Myths, winner of the 2013 Jacar Press Full Length Poetry Book Contest, and Blood Almanac, winner of the 2005 Anhinga Prize for Poetry. New poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Crazyhorse, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Hotel Amerika, The Southeast Review, and elsewhere. Longhorn teaches creative writing and composition at Pulaski Technical College in North Little Rock, AR, where she directs the Big Rock Reading Series. She also teaches for the low-residency MFA Program at the University of Arkansas Monticello. In addition, she co-edits the online journal Heron Tree and blogs at Myself the only Kangaroo among the Beauty. Her poetry inspirations include Lucie Brock-Broido, Quan Barry, Traci Brimhall, Li-Young Lee, and Lucille Clifton. When she isn’t reading or writing, she is exploring art through small, paper collages.
Maura High was born in Wales and spent much of her childhood overseas, where her father was posted as a soldier. After graduating from Bristol University, she worked first in Nigeria then immigrated to the United States, where she received a master’s degree from Columbia University, Teachers College, specializing in teaching English to speakers of other languages. She now lives in Carrboro, North Carolina, where she works as a freelance copy editor and translator, and as a volunteer in the prescribed burn program of the North Carolina chapter of The Nature Conservancy; she also practices Zen at the Chapel Hill Zen Center (and, when in Rome, at the Centro Zen l’Arco). Her chapbook, The Garden of Persuasions, draws on all these currents in her life. Her poems have also been published in, most recently, the Southern Review, New England Review, and Tar River Poetry.
This monthly reading series is co-hosted by Stan Absher and Debra Kaufman and sponsored by Flyleaf Books. An informal get-together before the reading will begin around 5:45 at the Chapel Hill Foster’s, next door to Flyleaf. Please join the group for an hour of conversation. Featured readers will each read for approximately 20 minutes and, after a short break for the readers to sign books, there will be an open mic. Please sign up to read no later than 7 pm.