R129. We’re Having a Party: Building a Literary Community Through Event Series

Room 305, Western New England MFA Annex, Level 3
Thursday, February 27, 2014
9:00 am to 10:15 am


Language is, in essence, a form of communication. Literary reading series provide a public space for writers to connect with the community and collaborate with each other and artists of other mediums. This panel focuses on creating a home for independent authors and artists who are traveling by promoting their work alongside local creative communities. Panelists will address issues of event space, curating, funding, press, hosting, and establishing a nonprofit organization.



Cindy St. John is the author of I Wrote This Poem and several other chapbooks including Be the Heat and City Poems. She is editor of a poetry and art collaboration called Headlamp and co-curates a reading series called Fun Party.

Dan Boehl is founding editor of Birds, LLC, an independent poetry publisher, which put out his book Kings of the F**king Sea. He is editor of the First Four Books of Sampson Starkweather, a freelance arts writer, and he organizes an Austin-based reading series, Fun Party, with Cindy St. John.

Chris Tonelli is one of the founding editors of the independent poetry press, Birds, LLC. He also founded and curates the So & So Series and edits So & So magazine. He is the author of five chapbooks, most recently Increment, and his first full-length collection is The Trees Around.

Matthew Henriksen organizes the Burning Chair Readings, founded in Brooklyn and currently happening in Fayetteville, Arkansas, and he co-curates Vino and Verse at the 21C Museum in Bentonville. In 2008 he put together the Frank Stanford Literary Festival and plans for another in 2015.


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