F224. Voices of Main Street

Virginia Barber Middleton Stage, Sponsored by USC, Exhibit Halls D & E, Convention Center, Level Two
Friday, February 10, 2017
1:30 pm to 2:45 pm


Five winners of the Main Street Rag Poetry Book Award from 2009 to the most recent will read from their books. The reading will be moderated by Main Street Rag's publisher.


Katie Manning is the author of Tasty Other, winner of the 2016 Main Street Rag Poetry Book Award, and four poetry chapbooks, including The Gospel of the Bleeding Woman. She is an associate professor of writing at Point Loma Nazarene University and editor in chief of Whale Road Review.

Yehoshua November's debut poetry collection, God's Optimism, won the MSR Book Award and was named a finalist for the LA Times Book Prize in Poetry. His second poetry collection is titled Two Worlds Exist. November teaches at Rutgers University and Touro College.

Colin D. Halloran is a veteran of Afghanistan and author of the award-winning verse memoir Shortly Thereafter. His essays, poems, and photographs have been published internationally. He gives workshops and lectures on poetry and history, as well as veterans and writing, throughout the country.

Leslie McGrath is a poet and literary interviewer. She is author of Opulent Hunger, Opulent Rage; Out From the Pleiades: A Novella in Verse; and By the Windpipe, a chapbook on mental illness and stigma. She teaches at Central Connecticut State University and is series editor of The Tenth Gate poetry prize.

Charlie Bondhus’s second poetry book, All the Heat We Could Carry, won the 2013 Main Street Rag Award and the 2014 Thom Gunn Award for Gay Poetry. His work appears in Poetry, Columbia Journal, Missouri Review, and others. He is the poetry editor at The Good Men Project (goodmenproject.com).


February 7–10, 2024
Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City Convention Center