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Legit Lit Reading Series – Live Streaming!

The Muse Writers Center Presents

Legit Lit reading series – Live Streaming!

Vol. 1 

Flash Prose and Poetry

Join us for the words of:

Craig Beaven

Desiree Cooper

Cristina Flores

Luisa A. Igloria

Tom Yuill

Live Streaming Right Here!

About our readers:

Craig Beaven was born and raised in Kentucky and earned a PhD from the University of Houston. His poems have appeared in Best New Poets 2016, Tin House, Third Coast, Pleiades, Rattle, and many other publications. His book of poetry, Natural History from Silverfish Review Press is the winner of The 2017 Gerald Cable Book Award. He currently lives with his wife and children in Tallahassee, Florida.

A 2015 Kresge Artist Fellow, Desiree Cooper is a former attorney, Pulitzer Prize-nominated journalist and community activist. She is an evocative speaker on the themes of racial and gender equality, reproductive freedom, family-positive public policy and the welfare of women and girls. As a full-time caregiver for her aging parents, she writes widely about women, self-care and reinvention. A sought-after creative writing instructor, she conducts readings from her flash fiction collection, Know the Mother, like an “instant book club.”

Cristina Flores received a B.A. in English from the University of Texas and an M.A. in English literature from the University of Vermont. Her work has appeared in Hippocampus and Pomme Journal. She resides in Portsmouth, Virginia, with one husband, two dogs, and three chickens. When she isn’t writing, she is teaching literature and philosophy to high school students and earnestly trying to start her new and productive life.

Luisa A. Igloria is one of 2 Co-Winners of the 2019 Crab Orchard Poetry Open competition for her manuscript Maps for Migrants and Ghosts (forthcoming from Southern Illinois University Press in 2020). In 2015, she was the inaugural winner of the Resurgence Prize (UK), the world’s first major award for ecopoetry, selected by former UK Poet Laureate Sir Andrew Motion, Alice Oswald, and Jo Shapcott. Former US Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey selected her chapbook What is Left of Wings, I Ask as the 2018 recipient of the Center for the Book Arts Letterpress Poetry Chapbook Prize. Other works include The Buddha Wonders if She is Having a Midlife Crisis (Phoenicia Publishing, Montreal, 2018), Ode to the Heart Smaller than a Pencil Eraser (2014 May Swenson Prize, Utah State University Press), and 12 other books. She is a Louis I. Jaffe Endowed Professor and University Professor of English and Creative Writing, and teaches on the faculty of the MFA Creative Writing Program at Old Dominion University, which she directed from 2009-2015; as well as at The Muse Writers Center, where she also serves as member of its board of directors.

Tom Yuill’s first book of poetry, Medicine Show, is published by the University of Chicago Press. He has poetry, translations and interviews published or forthcoming in Great River Review, A Public Space, Newsday, Literary Imaginations, Salamander and Dalhousie Review and featured on Poetry Daily, among others. Yuill is also writing a literary biography of Francois Villon containing his own translations of Villon’s poetry. He teaches in the Honors College, English Department, and World Languages and Cultures Department, and guest lectures in the French Department, at Old Dominion University, and is nearing completion of his next book of poetry, whose working title is “American Bull Terrier.” Last October he delivered a paper on Frederick Douglass’ influence on poetry called “Douglass, Poetry and the Atmosphere of History” at the Association of Literary Scholars, Critics and Writers conference at College of the Holy Cross. Yuill teaches various poetry classes of his own design at the Muse, his current one being a creative exercise in learning new ways to write your own poems by riffing off of Ancient Greek and Latin poems, with other literary works from other periods as well, called “Ancients.”

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