The Kalamazoo Book Arts Center announces a next installment in their “Poets in Print” reading series, featuring poets Matt Hart, Gina Myers, and Roy Seeger. The event will be held on Saturday, May 16th, in Suite 103 A of the Park Trades Center at 326 W. Kalamazoo Ave in downtown Kalamazoo. Doors open at 6:30 and the reading starts at 7:00 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.
Matt Hart is the author of the poetry collections Who’s Who Vivid (Slope Editions, 2006) and YOU ARE MIST (MOOR Books, forthcoming), as well as the chapbooks, Revelated (Hollyridge Press, 2005), Sonnet (H_NGM_N Books, 2006), and Simply Rocket (Lame House Press, 2007). Additionally, a collaborative chapbook, Deafening Leafening, with poet Ethan Paquin, has just been published by Pilot Books. His poems and reviews have appeared in many print and online journals, including Coldfront, Gulf Coast, Harvard Review, Jubilat, and Octopus. He lives and teaches in Cincinnati where he edits Forklift, Ohio: A Journal of Poetry, Cooking, & Light Industrial Safety.
Gina Myers is the author of the chapbooks Behind the R (ypolita press, 2008) and Fear of the Knee Bending Backwards (H_NGM_N B_ _KS, 2006). She currently lives in Saginaw, MI, where she makes books for Lame House Press. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in CARVE, The Canary, H_NGM_N, No Tell Motel, and elsewhere.
Roy Seeger earned his M.A. in poetry from Ohio University in 2000 and his M.F.A in poetry from Western Michigan University in 2005 where he was Poetry Editor for Third Coast. He is currently a Full English Professor at the University of South Carolina, Aiken where he lives with his wife, the poet Amanda Rachelle Warren, and their small gray dog, Bruce. His chapbook, The Garden of Impro-bable Birds (2007) is available through Gribble Press, and his collection The Boy Whose Hands Were Birds (2008) was the winner of the 2008 Main Street Rag Poetry Book Contest. His poems have appeared in Painted Bride Quarterly, 32 Poems, Mississippi Review, Verse, Gulf Coast, Hotel Amerika, The Laurel Review, Southeast Review, Main Street Rag, Quarter After Eight as well as other journals.
A broadside created by artist Jeff Abshear featuring works by the poets will be available for sale at the event. Jeff Abshear, the Director of the KBAC, was a Fulbright Research Scholar to Venice, Italy, where he worked at the Accademia di Belle Arti and studied the history of Italian printing, bookbinding, and papermaking. He has also taught Book Arts to children at the Scuola Didactica di Thiesi in Sardinia, Italy, and at Interlochen Center for the Arts.