Karen Leona Anderson, Yona Harvey, Matvei Yankelevitch & Jenn Morea

Friday, May 15, 7pm

Karen Leona Anderson is the author of Punish honey, coming out this January from Carolina Wren Press. She has an MFA from the University of Iowa and a PhD from Cornell University, where she wrote a dissertation on poetry and science. She currently lives in Maryland, where she is an assistant professor at St. Mary's College of Maryland. Here's a poem.

Yona Harvey is a swish escaping the net. She rises in the light of blue curtains & sleeps with one ear open. She is a Cave Canem Fellow, maybe she is the water from which she pulls her baby son. Her work has appeared in Poem Memoir Story, Gulf Coast, Callaloo, Ploughshares, and Gathering Round: A Reader Celebrating Cave Canem's First Decade. ÊShe should keep better track of her volunteeringÑcarpooling, book sharing, telling the stories of Martin Luther King, Jr. She currently teaches in the Creative Writing Program at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, where she lives with her husband and two children. Next year, she'll probably go swimming in Tokyo. Read her here and here.

Matvei Yankelevich, is the author of a long poem, *The Present Work* (Palm Press, 2006) and the forthcoming book *Boris by the Sea* (Octopus, 2009). His writings and translations have appeared in Boston Review, Damn the Caesars, Fence, Open City, Circumference, Harpers and The New Yorker. His translation of *Today I Wrote Nothing: The Selected Writings of Daniil Kharms* (Overlook, 2007) has received praise from the Times Literary Supplement, The New York Times, and elsewhere. He is a co-translator of *OBERIU: An Anthology of Russian Absurdism* (Northwestern University, 2006) and his translation of Vladimir Mayakovsky's poem "Cloud in Pants" is included in *Night Wraps the Sky: Writings by and about Mayakovsky* (Farrar, Strauss & Giroux, 2008). He teaches Russian Lit. at Hunter College and edits the Eastern European Poets Series at Ugly Duckling Presse. Here are some of his poems and here.

Jenn Morea is a poet, writer, and educator. She has worked as a teaching artist in the Chicago Public Schools since 1996 and has edited more than twenty-five anthologies of writing by Chicago youth, including dream in yourself (Tia Chucha Press, 1997). Morea teaches with Project AIM at the Center for Arts Partnerships/Columbia College Chicago and with Young Chicago Authors. Her poems may be found in the online journals High Chair, Slope, and Wicked Alice.

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