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Thorpe Moeckel, Michael Keenan, Marta Ferrer, Daniella Gitlin & Chet'la Sebree

A Poetry, Translation and Nonfiction Reading hosted by Leah Zander

Thorpe Moeckel’s most recent works are the nonfiction book Watershed Days: Adventures (A Little Thorny & Familiar) in the Home Range, and Arcadia Road: A Trilogy. He is author of the three prior books of poetry — Odd Botany, Making a Map of the River, and Venison. Chapbooks include Meltlines, The Guessing Land, and Off Owl’s Head. Recently he co-edited with Casey Clabough the Virginia edition of Best Creative Nonfiction of the South. Moeckel’s writings have appeared widely in journals, magazines, and anthologies. Awards include Jacob Javits Fellowship, the Henry Hoyns Fellowship, the George Garrett Award from The Fellowship of Southern Writers, the Kenan Visiting Writership at UNC-Chapel Hill, a Nonfiction Promise Award from the Sustainable Arts Foundation, and a National Endowment of the Arts Fellowship. He has worked as a river guide, a handyman, in restaurants, retail, residential construction, and as an adventure-based counselor for court-ordered teens. For the last ten years, he has lived near the Upper James River in Western Virginia, where he teaches in the MFA Program at Hollins University and serves as Director of the Jackson Center for Creative Writing.

Daniella Gitlin received her MFA in nonfiction writing from Columbia University. Her English translation of Argentine author Rodolfo Walsh's 1957 classic work of investigative journalism, Operación Masacre, was published by Seven Stories Press in 2013, and her writing and translation have also been published in Huffington Post, Senses of Cinema, CineAction, and Asymptote Journal. This past fall, she began a doctoral program in comparative literature at NYU. Daniella lives in Washington Heights, where she also helps run Word Up, a community bookshop and arts space.

Michael Keenan’s first book of poems, "Translations On Waking In An Italian Cemetery," was released by A-Minor Press in 2014, and his second, "For Night," will be released by BlazeVOX Books later this year. His poems have appeared in Colorado Review, Verse Daily, the PEN Poetry Series and Fence, among others. Michael is often seen driving from one all-night Bar BQ joint to another with poet Carlos Lara.

Chet'la Sebree is the 2014-2016 Stadler Fellow at Bucknell University's Stadler Center for Poetry. She currently serves as the Stadler Associate Editor for West Branch, Bucknell's nationally recognized literary magazine. In addition to her editorial duties, she is a Program Associate for the Bucknell Seminar for Younger Poets, a three-week residential program for undergraduate poets, and a part of the Stadler Center for Poetry's staff. While at Bucknell, she's working on her first collection of poems. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from American University, where she also taught freshman composition. While a student at American, she was one of the program's 2011-2012 Folger Shakespeare Library Lannan Fellows. In July 2015, she joined Duke University's W.R.I.T.E summer camp program for high school students. Her work has appeared in jubilat and is forthcoming in a University of Virginia Press anthology edited by Lisa Russ Spaar. Her name is pronounced Shayla. She promises not to be offended if you mispronounce it the first time.

Marta Ferrer is a PhD candidate and Teaching Fellow at Columbia University. She is the co-editor of the graduate journal Singladuras, an open space for students in which they can write both creatively and academically. Obliquely, she is currently the social media manager at Wallach Art Gallery. When not in the library stacks or teaching, Marta likes to translate wonderful lines into Norwegian, drink coffee, and wander around the city until getting lost.