NATIONAL POETRY MONTH READING AT INKWOOD BOOKS
THURS. APR. 5, 6PM
SPREADING BIG POETRY LOVE:
Silvia Curbelo was born in Matanzas, Cuba, and emigrated to the U.S. with her family as a child. Her most recent poetry collection, Falling Landscape, was published by Anhinga Press in 2015. She is also the author of three other collections, The Secret History of Water (Anhinga Press), The Geography of Leaving (Silverfish Review Press), and Ambush (Main Street Rag Publishers). She has received poetry fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs, the Cintas Foundation and the Writer’s Voice, as well as the Jessica Noble Maxwell Memorial Poetry Prize from American Poetry Review. She is Assistant Editor of YellowJacket Press.
Ryan Cheng received his MFA in poetry from the University of South Florida. He was awarded the 2013 AWP Intro Journal Entry Award for poetry and the Bettye Newman Poetry Award in 2013. His poetry has appeared in Quarterly West, The Ignatian Literary Magazine, and elsewhere. He currently lives in Tampa, Florida where he teaches professional writing at the University of South Florida and serves as a board member of YellowJacket Press and Poetry Editor for Sweet.
Gianna Russo, founding editor of YellowJacket Press, is the author of the full-length poetry collection, Moonflower which won a Florida Book Award bronze medal, and two chapbooks, including one based on the art work of Vermeer, The Companion of Joy (Green Rabbit Press). A Pushcart Prize nominee, she has published poems in Ekphrasis, Crab Orchard Review, Apalachee Review, Florida Review, Florida Humanities Council Forum, Karamu, The Bloomsbury Review, The Sun, Poet Lore, saw palm, Kestrel, Tampa Review, Water-Stone, The MacGuffin, and Calyx, among others. In 2017, she was named Best of the Bay Local Poet by Creative Loafing. She is assistant professor of English and Creative Writing at Saint Leo University, where she is editor-in-chief of Sandhill Review and director of the Sandhill Writers Retreat.
Brendan Walsh is the author of the YellowJacket Press chapbook The Only Flesh to Feed You (2018). He has lived and taught in South Korea, Laos, and South Florida. His work appears in Glass Poetry, Indianapolis Review, Wisconsin Review, Mudfish, Baltimore Review, and other journals. He is the author of Make Anything Whole (Five Oaks Press), Go (Aldrich Press) and Buddha vs. Bonobo (Sutra Press). He’s online at www.brendanwalshpoetry.com.