Poetry Launch: with the dogstar as my witness by John Fry
Come join us for a poetry reading by John Fry, Sequoia Maner, and Katelin Kelly to celebrate the release of John's first collection, with the dogstar as my witness!
Originally from South Texas, John Fry is the author of with the dogstar as my witness (Orison Books, 2018), which was a finalist for the Orison Poetry Prize, the Dorset Prize, and the Nightboat Poetry prize. His poems have appeared in Denver Quarterly, West Branch, Blackbird, Colorado Review, Tupelo Quarterly, and Waxwing, among others. He edits poetry for Newfound Journal, studies medieval literature as a doctoral candidate at UT-Austin, and lives in the Texas Hill Country.
Sequoia Maner is an Andrew Mellon Teaching Fellow of Feminist Studies at Southwestern University, where she teaches classes in African American literature and performance. She received her BA in English from Duke University and her MA and PhD in English from UT Austin. Her first book project is titled Liberation Aesthetics in the #BlackLivesMatter Era: Poetry, Protest, and Social Justice. She is also at work on a co-edited anthology entitled Revisiting the Elegy in the Black Lives Matter Era, due from Routledge Press in 2019. Her poem “upon reading the autopsy of Sandra Bland” was a finalist for the 2017 Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Prize and can be found in Obsidian. Other critical and creative work can be found in The Feminist Wire, Meridians, and The Langston Hughes Review and elsewhere. Sequoia is also a contributing poetry editor for Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review.
A poet and educator, Katelin Kelly was born in Lexington, KY. After teaching on the Pine Ridge Reservation, she moved to Austin to pursue her MFA at The New Writers Project through The University of Texas. Her work can be found in Narrative Magazine, Sonora Review, Electric Lit, and elsewhere. Katelin currently serves as programs coordinator for the Austin Public Library Foundation.