Jesse Lee Kercheval, Sara Eliza Johnson & Victoria Kelly
March 14, 2021 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm AKDT
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Jesse Lee Kercheval was born in Fontainebleau, France and raised in Washington, DC and Cocoa, Florida. She is a poet, fiction writer, memoirist, and translator. Kercheval is the author of 18 books including America that island off the coast of France, winner of the Dorset Prize in Poetry; Underground Women; Space, winner of the Alex Award from the American Library Association; Brazil, winner of the Ruthanne Wiley Memorial Novella Contest; Cinema Muto, winner of the Crab Orchard Open Selection Award; The Alice Stories, winner of the Prairie Schooner Fiction Book Prize; and The Dogeater, winner of the Associated Writing Programs Award for Short Fiction. She is a professor at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.
Sara Eliza Johnson grew up in Stratford, Connecticut. Her first book, Bone Map, won the 2013 National Poetry Series and was published by Milkweed Editions in 2014. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Alaska Quarterly Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, Boston Review, Copper Nickel, Blackbird, New England Review, Ninth Letter, Best New Poets, DIAGRAM, AGNI, Crazyhorse, Crab Orchard Review, Tampa Review, Memorious, Vinyl, Pleiades, Meridian, TriQuarterly Online, Gulf Coast, Grist, North Dakota Quarterly, Willow Springs, and Salt Hill, as well as the anthologies Read Women and February, and has been featured on Poetry Daily, Verse Daily, and the Academy of American Poets Poem-A-Day series.
She is the recipient of numerous honors, including a 2015 National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in poetry, a 2010 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award, a 2009-2010 and 2015-2016 Winter Fellowship from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and a 2011 work-study scholarship to the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, as well as fellowships from the University of Oregon and the University of Utah. She currently teaches creative writing at the University of Alaska–Fairbanks.
Victoria Kelly is the author of Homefront, Mrs. Houdini, When the Men Go Off to War, and Prayers of an American Wife. Her fiction and poetry have appeared in Best American Poetry, The Autumn House Anthology of Contemporary American Poetry, Prairie Schooner, Southwest Review, and numerous other journals and anthologies. Her novel Mrs. Houdini was a People Magazine Best New Book, a USA Today New and Noteworthy Book, a Jeopardy Pick, and a Publishers Weekly Starred Debut. Kelly published her first two poems in Alaska Quarterly Review.