An Afternoon of Poetry with Andrea Eames & Jenna Martin Opperman
Jenna Opperman has a BA in English Literature from The University of Texas at Austin and an MFA in Poetry from New England College. Despite being published in a wide variety of poetry journals and magazines, she prefers the thrill and terror of performing before a live audience. She works and plays with the printed word every day as an English teacher, as the owner of Red Planet Audiobooks, and as the co-founder of INF Press. Her poetry comes from a place of ferocity, of playfulness, of emotional urgency, and of hope. Her goal is to write as she lives, with honesty, with conviction, and with a dash of nerve.
Andrea Eames is a poet and novelist living in Austin after eight years in New Zealand and seventeen in Zimbabwe. She has a BA in English and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, as well as a post-graduate diploma in Book Publishing from Whitireia Arts College, Wellington. She has released two critically acclaimed novels so far, both published by Harvill Secker (an imprint of Penguin Random House UK) and set in Zimbabwe: The Cry of the Go-Away Bird (2011) and The White Shadow (2012). The White Shadow was shortlisted for the 2012 Dylan Thomas Prize. Andrea aims to be vulnerable, vivid and honest in her poetry and prose. She plans to release her first poetry collection, The Making of Stones, early in 2016.