Tuesday, January 17, 2012

February Castalia

Get ready for February Castalia! This month we have a full line-up, featuring first year poet Jay Yencich. The second year ladies have a bit of a monopoly, as we'll be hearing from poets Erika Wilder and Katherine Eulensen, as well as prose writer Piper Daniels. We'll get another dose of poetry from alum Emily Beyer. Beyer is a poet living and working in Seattle, Washington. She holds an MFA in Poetry from the University of Iowa and a BA in English from the University of Washington. Her poems have appeared in The Seattle Review, Mare Nostrum, The Diagram, Prairie Schooner, and other publications.

Our featured faculty writer this month is David Shields whose recent book Reality Hunger has put nonfiction on the map and made us reconsider our genre boundaries. He has been hailed by the New York Times as "mind-bending." He has authored eight other books, has been a finalist of the National Book Critics Circle Award, and has won the PEN/Revson Award and the PEN Syndicated Fiction Award. This past year he co-edited The Inevitable: Contemporary Writers Confront Death and he has several books forthcoming. Read more at http://www.davidshields.com/index.html