This will be the first West coast reading by poet Charlene Fix. She is a Professor of English at Columbus College of Art Design. A member of The House of Toast Poets, a performance and workshop group, she has received poetry fellowships from the Ohio Arts Council and the Greater Columbus Arts Council, and has published poems in various literary magazines, among them Poetry, Literary Imagination, Hotel Amerika, Mudfish, The Antioch Review, The Ohio Review, Chicago Review, The Journal, The Manhattan Review, Birmingham Poetry Review, Artful Dodge, Rattle, The Cincinnati Review, and Alimentum. Her chapbook Mischief is available from Pudding House Publications, Charlene Fix Greatest Hits 1999-2011 is available from Katywompus Press, and her collection of poems, Flowering Bruno, with illustrations by Susan Josephson, a finalist for the 2007 Ohioana Book Award in Poetry, is available from XOXOX Press. Eleanor Wilner chose ten of Charlene's poems for the Robert H. Winner Memorial Award from The Poetry Society of America in 2007, David Lehman selected her poem, "On the Outskirts of Veritgo" for the Louis Hammer Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America in 2011. Her study of Harpo Marx in the thirteen Marx Brothers films, Harpo Marx as Trickster is available from McFarland Publishers (released 2/2013). And her collection of poems, Frankenstein's Flowers, first runner up for Ashland University's Snyder Prize in 2012, is forthcoming from CW Books in Cincinnati in 2014.
Author/memoirist Rita Williams will read from her book "If the Creek Don't Rise" and a forthcoming novel.
Rounding out the evening, Alma Garnett will sing original songs by Maddie Fix.
This is a free event - with complimentary refreshments.