Sunday August 15, 2010
Featuring Simki Ghebremichael and Michael Luis Medrano
Busboys and Poets
14th & V St., NW
Hosted by Katy Richey and Katherine Howell
Co-Sponsored by Busboys and Poets and Split This Rock
Open mic at each event!
Admission free, donations encouraged
For more info: www.BusboysandPoets.com
Simki Ghebremichael's poetry explores the personal and political in many cultures from America to Africa, Asia, and Eastern Europe. Her journal excerpt on the invasion of Iraq is included in the anthology Keeping Time, 150 Years of Journal Writing. Her poems have recently appeared in the Feminist Journal, So to Speak, and are forthcoming in Tough Times Companion and the eco-journal Captalism Nature Socialism. Her non-fiction account of her journey to Eritrea with her two daughters and ex-husband will be in the Spring issue of Gargoyle magazine. She just completed her MFA at American University in June 2010.
Michael Luis Medrano, born and raised in Fresno, California, the heart of the San Joaquin Valley, is the author of Born in the Cavity of Sunsets (Bilingual Press, 2009). He holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, and he has performed his work at Stanford University, The Loft Literary Arts Center in Minneapolis, and the University of Colorado, Boulder. He served as poetry editor for the literary journal Flies, Cockroaches, & Poets, is featured on the spoken word CD "The Central Chakrah Project" (Metamorfosis Productions), and has taught writing workshops in Fresno and Minneapolis. Once again based in Fresno, Medrano is teaching, hosting a literary radio show, and writing a novel and a second collection of poetry.