John Reed, Annie Christain, Chris Campanioni, Ashley M. Jones and Meredith Nnoka

Murky Personal Histories, Conspiracy Theories and Art Trolls. C&R authors John Reed, Annie Christain, and Chris Campanioni read and discuss their latest books with editor John Gosslee. With PANK co-editor Ashley M. Jones and C&R Press chapbook winner Meredith Nnoka.

Annie Christain is an assistant professor of composition and ESOL at SUNY Cobleskill with poems appearing in Seneca Review, Oxford Poetry,The Chariton Review, and The Lifted Brow, among others. She received the grand prize of the 2013 Hart Crane Memorial Poetry Contest, the 2013 Greg Grummer Poetry Award, the 2015 Oakland School of the Arts Enizagam Poetry Award, and the 2015 Neil Shepard Prize in Poetry. Additional honors include her being selected for the Shanghai Swatch Art Peace Hotel Artist Residency and the Arctic Circle Autumn Art and Science Expedition Residency. Her first book of poetry is Tall as You are Between Them (C&R Press).

Meredith Nnoka is a Smith College graduate with a degree in Afro-American Studies and English. She currently teaches English in France and will be attending graduate school at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the fall. Her poetry can be found in Mandala Journal and her fiction in The Cadaverine.

Chris Campanioni has worked as a journalist, model, and actor, and he teaches literature and creative writing at Baruch College and Pace University, and interdisciplinary studies at John Jay. His “Billboards” poem that responded to Latino stereotypes and mutable—and often muted—identity in the fashion world was awarded the 2013 Academy of American Poets Prize and his novel Going Down was selected as Best First Book at the 2014 International Latino Book Awards. His book Death of Art (C&R Press) is a cross-genre memoir. He edits PANK and lives in Brooklyn.

Ashley M. Jones received an MFA from Florida International University. She was a finalist in Hub City Press’ New Southern Voices Contest, Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award Contest, and the National Poetry Series. Her work has been published by the Academy of American Poets, pluck!, PMSPoemMemoirStory, Prelude, Kinfolks Quarterly, and other journals. She received a 2015 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer's Award and a 2015 B-Metro Magazine Fusion Award, and her debut poetry collection, Magic City Gospel, is forthcoming from Hub City Press in January 2017. She is an editor of [PANK] Magazine, and she teaches creative writing at the Alabama School of Fine Arts.

John Gosslee's work appears in Yale Review, Poetry Ireland, Rhino and who cares. His cross-discipline book, Blitzkreig (Rain Moutain Press) won no awards. He edits PANK, Fjords Review and directs C&R Press. His favorite magazines are Prelude, Zymbol and NOUS.