Monsters of Poetry October 2016

Please help Monsters of Poetry celebrate both its 7th anniversary and final reading (for the forseeable future). Monsters of Poetry is honored to be going out in a blaze of glory with Matt Hart, Amanda Smeltz, Natalie Eilbert, and Jamel Brinkley reading from their work, and the music of El PAVEMENTE, a Pavement cover band featuring members of Madison music legends El Valiente, Oedipus Tex, and Cribshitter. Doors = 7:30pm, Reading = 8pm.

Matt Hart

Matt Hart’s most recent books are Radiant Action (H_NGM_N Books, 2016) and Radiant Companion (Monster House Press, 2016). A co-founder and the editor-in-chief of Forklift, Ohio: A Journal of Poetry, Cooking & Light Industrial Safety, he lives in Cincinnati where he is Associate Professor in Creative Writing and the Chair of Liberal Arts at the Art Academy of Cincinnati. He plays guitar and shouts in the bands TRAVEL and THE LOUDEST SOUNDER.

Poet Amanda Smeltz

Amanda Smeltz is the author of Imperial Bender (Typecast Publishing), her debut poetry collection, which was mentioned by the Chicago Tribune and The Poetry Foundation as one of the notable poetry titles of 2013. She is the assistant poetry editor of Forklift, Ohio. Her work has appeared in Prelude, [PANK], The Best American Poetry blog, Barrow Street, and others. She lives and works in NYC.

Jamel Brinkley

Jamel Brinkley was raised in Brooklyn and the Bronx, New York. He is a Kimbilio Fellow and is an alum of the Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop. He has been awarded scholarships from the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, as well as from the Napa Valley Writers’ Conference and the Tin House Writers’ Workshop. He recently graduated as a Dean’s Fellow from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, was the Provost’s Visiting Writer in Fiction at the University of Iowa, and is the current Carol Houck Smith Fiction Fellow at the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing. His short stories have appeared in A Public Space, and his debut collection, A Lucky Man and Other Stories, is forthcoming in Spring 2018 from Graywolf Press.

Natalie Eilbert

Natalie Eilbert is the author of Indictus, winner of Noemi Press's 2016 Poetry Contest, slated for publication in late 2017, as well as the debut poetry collection, Swan Feast (Bloof Books, 2015). She is the recipient of the 2016 Jay C. and Ruth Halls Poetry Fellowship at University of Wisconsin–Madison, where she is serving a one-year academic appointment. Her work has appeared in or is forthcoming from The New Yorker, Tin House, The Kenyon Review, jubilat, and elsewhere. She is the founding editor of The Atlas Review.

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