Fall 2023


Thursday October 26, 2023, 7-8pm, Northern Center Peninsula II:
Authors: Christina Olson and Matthew Minicucci


BIO (Olson):

Christina Olson's latest book is The Anxiety Workbook (Pitt Poetry Series, 2023). Her chapbook The Last Mastodon won the Rattle 2019 Chapbook Contest. Other work appears in The Atlantic, The Missouri Review, The Nation, Scientific American, Virginia Quarterly Review, and The Best Creative Nonfiction. She is an associate professor at Georgia Southern University and tweets about coneys and mastodons as @olsonquest.

BIO (Minicucci):

Matthew Minicucci is the award-winning author of three collections of poems. His next, Dual, will be published in Fall 2023 by Acre Books. His poetry and essays have appeared in journals including American Poetry Review, The Believer, the Kenyon Review, Ploughshares, POETRY, and The Southern Review. His work has garnered numerous awards including the Stafford/Hall Oregon Book Award and the Stan and Tom Wick Poetry Prize, along with fellowships from organizations including the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Dartmouth College, the National Parks Service, and the James Merrill House, among others. He is currently an Assistant Professor in the Blount Scholars Program at the University of Alabama.

Winter 2024


Thursday February 29, 2024, 7-8pm, Northern Center Peninsula II:


Author: Tyehimba Jess


Tyehimba Jess is the author of two books of poetry, Olio and Leadbelly. Olio won the 2017 Pulitzer Prize. In it, Jess presents the sweat and story behind America’s blues, worksongs and church hymns. The book won numerous other awards and was nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award Leadbelly, was a winner of the 2004 National Poetry Series. It is a biography in poems that examines the life and times of the legendary blues musician. The Library Journal and Black Issues Book Review both named it one of the best poetry books of the year. Jess' fiction and poetry have appeared in many journals, as well as anthologies such as Angles of Ascent: A Norton Anthology of Contemporary African American Poetry; and Beyond The Frontier: African American Poetry for the Twenty-First Century.