Meetings & Events
Join managing and fiction editor, Stephen Scott Whitaker, Poetry and Interview Editor, Kari Ann Ebert, special guest Michael Chang, as well as Katherine Gekker, Liz Holland, Margot Douaihy, and Max Kruger-Dull for a reading and Q&A session spotlighting local Delaware favorite, The Broadkill Review.
Stephen Scott Whitaker is a member of the National Book Critics Circle, a teacher, and a grant writer. The winner of the 2021 Pink Poetry Prize Whitaker’s writing has appeared in Tupelo Quarterly, The Rumpus, The American Journal of Poetry, Great River Review, The Maine Review, and other journals. The author of four chapbooks and a broadside from Broadsided Press, Whitaker is the recipient of fellowships from Maryland Humanities, Maryland State Arts Council, the Virginia Commission for the Arts, and the Witter Bynner Foundation of Poetry for bringing poetry into classrooms and communities on the Eastern Shore of Maryland and Virginia. Whitaker is the fiction editor and managing editor of The Broadkill Review. Mulch, their novel of weird fiction is forthcoming from Montag Press in early 2023.
Kari Ann Ebert is the Poetry & Interview editor for The Broadkill Review. Winner of the 2020 Sandy Crimmins National Prize in Poetry and the 2018 Gigantic Sequins Poetry Contest, Kari’s work has appeared in journals such as The Night Heron Barks, Mojave River Review, Philadelphia Stories, The Main Street Rag, The Ekphrastic Review, and Gargoyle as well as several anthologies. Her honors include a residency at Virginia Creative Center for the arts (2021), Individual Artist Fellow in Literature: Poetry, Delaware Division of the Arts (2020), and fellowships from MidAtlantic Arts Foundation (2021), The Shipman Agency (2020), BOAAT Press (2020), and Brooklyn Poets (2019). Kari lives in Dover, Delaware where she serves on the board of the Dover Art League and is active in the arts community there. Read more of her work at kariannebert.com.
Michael Chang (they/them) is the author of several collections of poetry, including Boyfriend Perspective (Really Serious Literature, 2021), Almanac Of Useless Talents (CLASH Books, 2022), & Synthetic Jungle (Northwestern University Press, 2023). Tapped to edit Lambda Literary's Emerge anthology, their poems have been nominated for Best New Poets, Best of the Net, & the Pushcart Prize. They were awarded the Poetry Project's prestigious Brannan Prize in 2021, & serve as a poetry editor at the acclaimed journal Fence.
Katherine Gekker’s poetry has been called “affecting” and “elusive” by the New York Times and has been published by Little Patuxent Review, Broadkill Review, and many other journals.
The author of In Search of Warm Breathing Things (Glass Lyre Press, 2019), Gekker serves as Poetry Assistant Editor for Delmarva Review.
A collection of Gekker’s poems called “…to Cast a Shadow Again” was set to music by composer Eric Ewazen. Composer Carson Cooman set a seasonal cycle of her poems, “Chasing the Moon Down,” to music. Both have been performed nationally and internationally and are available on CD and through various online music platforms.
She studies poetry in classes, workshops, and overseas retreats with Ellen Bass, Marie Howe, and Mark Doty.
Gekker was born in Washington, DC. In 1974, she founded a commercial printing company and sold it 31 years later. She lives with her wife in Arlington, Virginia.
Liz Holland is a poet with her MFA in Creative Writing & Publishing Arts from the University of Baltimore. Nominated for ‘Best of the Net’ in 2021, her work can be found in Remington Review, Broadkill Review, Little Patuxent Review, Welter, and several other literary journals. Her debut book of poetry Let the bees rest can be found via her Instagram and Twitter handle @cottonswords. She lives in Baltimore with her fur-son Brax.
Margot Douaihy, PhD, is the author of Bandit/Queen: The Runaway Story of Belle Starr, Scranton Lace, and Girls Like You (Clemson University Press). Her writing has been featured in Colorado Review, Diode, Florida Review, North American Review, PBS NewsHour, Portland Review, and elsewhere. She serves as a Section Editor of Journal of Creative Writing Studies and teaches Creative Writing at Franklin Pierce University.
Max Kruger-Dull holds an MFA in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts. His recent work has appeared or is forthcoming in The MacGuffin, Litro Magazine, the tiny journal, Baby Teeth Journal, and others. He lives in New York with his boyfriend and two dogs.
This generative session will explore how being fully present to a place and time can then lead you to explore the past and future, placing your writing in a broader, interconnected context. Drawing inspiration from a poem by Brenda Shaughnessy and the graphic novel Here by Richard McGuire, we'll offer a series of guided prompts to get you writing. In honor of National LGBTQ+ Pride Month.
Jessica Jacobs is the author of Take Me with You, Wherever You’re Going (Four Way Books), one of Library Journal’s Best Poetry Books of the Year, winner of the Devil’s Kitchen and Goldie Awards, and a finalist for the Brockman-Campbell, American Fiction, and Julie Suk Book Awards. Her debut collection, Pelvis with Distance (White Pine Press), a biography-in-poems of Georgia O'Keeffe, won the New Mexico Book Award in Poetry and was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award. An avid long-distance runner, Jessica has worked as a rock-climbing instructor, bartender, and professor, and now serves as the Chapbook Editor for Beloit Poetry Journal. She lives in Asheville, NC, with her wife, the poet Nickole Brown, with whom she co-authored Write It! 100 Poetry Prompts to Inspire (Spruce Books/PenguinRandomHouse). Her collection of poems in conversation with the Book of Genesis will be published by Four Way Books in 2024.
Nickole Brown is the author of Sister: A Novel-in-Poems (Red Hen Press, Sibling Rivalry Press) and Fanny Say: A Biography-in-Poems (BOA Editions). Currently, she lives in Asheville, North Carolina, where she periodically volunteers at several animal sanctuaries. Since 2016, she’s been writing about these animals, and To Those Who Were Our First Gods, a chapbook of these first poems, won the 2018 Rattle Prize. Her essay-in-poems, The Donkey Elegies, was published by Sibling Rivalry Press in 2020. In 2021, Spruce Books of Penguin Random House published Write It! 100 Poetry Prompts to Inspire, a book co-authored with her wife Jessica Jacobs, and they regularly teach together as part of their SunJune Literary Collaborative. Every summer, she teaches at the low-residency MFA at the Sewanee School of Letters.
Many writers are drawn to write about painful subjects. Writing can be therapeutic. But it’s often overwhelming to start and find a complimentary vehicle for writing about traumatic experiences. In this session, I will share insightful information I learned at this year’s AWP Conference on using poetic forms to write about trauma. Attendees will have the opportunity to write and share their own poems about trauma and PTSD. This session is in recognition of PTSD Awareness Month (June 2022).
This session is brought to you through a community partnership which includes Eastern Shore Writers Association, Tish Fine Art Plus, Kent County Public Library, The Bookplate, and Kent Cultural Alliance.
Please note: This session is open to attendees 18 and over. We will be reading and sharing poetry about traumatic experiences and PTSD that may include mature content.
Beth Dulin lives on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. She is a graduate of The New School’s Eugene Lang College. Her poems have appeared in The American Journal of Poetry, Atlanta Review, Beltway Poetry Quarterly, and Yes, Poetry, among others, and are forthcoming in Gargoyle. Her poetry has been nominated twice for a Pushcart Prize. She is the author and co-creator of Truce, a limited edition artists’ book, in the collections of the Brooklyn Museum and the Museum of Modern Art. Visit her online: https://www.bethdulin.com/
Announcing a new generative monthly workshop! We’re pleased to bring you a new monthly session with an award-winning Eastern Shore teaching artist! Art at Night—Ekphrastic Writing with Jen Pitoniak will help us explore the lives, techniques, and works of famous artists, allowing us to deep dive into ekphrastic writing. What is ekphrasis? According to the Poetry Foundation, ekphrasis means: “Description in Greek. An ekphrastic poem is a vivid description of a scene or, more commonly, a work of art. Through the imaginative act of narrating and reflecting on the “action” of a painting or sculpture, the poet may amplify and expand its meaning.” Not a poet? No fuss, ekphrasis can be explored through any genre of writing.
This Month’s Session: Trevor Nickolls was an Australian indigenous artist who is considered one of the foremost voices of Aboriginal art. He spent much time exploring the connection between the urban landscape and the inner mind. This month we will investigate his amazing work and consider the art he used to speak for a population that has rarely been given a voice.
JEN PITONIAK An award-winning educator on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, artist Jen Pitoniak currently teaches both adaptive and traditional art to students of all aptitudes and grade levels in Wicomico County. In previous phases of her life, she has worked in jobs as diverse as children’s minister, intern for The National Clearinghouse on Runaway and Homeless Youth, and as assistant to a private investigator—all of which have added panache to her art. A Regional Representative for the Maryland Art Education Association, Jen also serves on the advisory council for The Water’s Edge Museum in Oxford, Maryland. Although she enjoys working in and exploring all artistic forms, her preferred medium is currently acrylic paint. Jen is primarily a semi-abstract painter and loves transforming both traditional and non-traditional canvases into something different and whimsical.
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