Friday, June 11th, 8PM Central
Please join us for our June 11th Zoom reading featuring Michelle Pond, Divya Ramesh and Chloe Wagner.
To attend, please register for the reading at https://squoom.com/z/rfz210611, and you will be provided with the information needed to join the reading.
Michelle Pond is a poet and photographer who likes sports, jazz and art inspired by other art. She also is a veteran who served in the U.S. Marine Corps. She published a chapbook of grief poems, I Keep You with Me. Her work also has appeared in publications such as Thorny Locust, The Enigmatist and Kansas Time + Place--An Anthology of Heartland Poetry. She combines original photographs and poems into visual art pieces that are exhibited in the Kansas City, Missouri, metropolitan area.
Divya Ramesh has moved across many states and has lived in many cities. She is grateful for a fluidity of geography that has allowed her to intimately see and understand this country. She moved to Kansas in 2017 quite by accident for a job in early childhood education research and sprouted trenchant roots in prairie sod faster than she could've imagined, so although Arizona is home now, Kansas also holds a place in a motley heart. Divya has held many different jobs--most of them involving working with children or writing in some capacity. One of her hopes as a writer is to encourage children and youth to use poetry as a way to capture and engage forgotten histories. Divya has coordinated poetry and writing workshops for children and child advocacy professionals in almost all the cities in which she has lived. Her poems have appeared in Appalachian Heritage, The Latin American Literary Review, American Chordata, and a few other publications. Some of her favorite poets include her undergraduate mentor and professor, Gregory Djanikian, Kasey Jueds, Ada Limón, Beth Ann Fennelly, and J.H. Yun. Divya moonlights as an aspiring picture book writer and graduate student. Anyone who knows Divya well reminds her to go to sleep.
Chloe Wagner, whose name means young grass, a profusion of blooms, and the Greek goddess of unripe corn, has had her poems featured in the art show "Nature and the Poet," a collection of poems by local artists profoundly moved by nature, cosponsored by the Liberty Arts Commission and Carol Kariotis. Although she has submitted her work far too infrequently and often after being asked, she has been published in Friends Journal, The Montucky Review, and Thorny Locust, and can be heard on the CDs Jump Start Art's Poetry Sampler #1 and Johnson County Library's PoetryBlitz! She has been a featured reader at Morning Day Cafe in Liberty, Mo. and at the Neon Gallery and the 51st Street Coffeehouse in Kansas City, MO. She has read several times in the poetry slam hosted by Marc Smith at the Green Mill in Chicago, where Marc invented poetry slams in 1987, and has been a featured reader at Morning Day Cafe in Liberty, MO and at the Neon Gallery and the 51st Street Coffeehouse in Kansas City. She is working on putting together a collection of her poems called Eating Light.