Dire Literary Series, August 6
July 20 - August 6, 2010
Open mic at 8PM followed by features: Eric Nelson is a true native son of New Jersey, having grown up in both the northern and southern parts of the state. He attained a B.A. in Literature from Ramapo College of New Jersey and has lived in Boston, Brooklyn and Queens, where he currently resides. A prolific writer, he is active in the zine subculture, continuing to produce self-published works such as the “The Cup and Saucer Chronicles” and “Wait, Where Are You Going?” which contains interviews with Henry Rollins, Ayun Halliday, and Joe Biel. He is currently at work on his debut novel. Jonathan Weinert was born in Boston and grew up in Wellesley, Massachusetts. He is a graduate of Brandeis University and the Spalding University MFA in Writing Program. Jonathan's first book, In the Mode of Disappearance (Nightboat Books, 2008), was selected by Brenda Hillman for the 2006 Nightboat Poetry Prize, and was named a finalist for the 2009 Norma Farber First Book Award from the Poetry Society of America. Jonathan's poems and reviews appear in many journals, including American Letters & Commentary, Pleiades, Ploughshares, The Kenyon Review, Harvard Review, 32 Poems, and Blackbird. He is an interdisciplinary advisor at the Low-Residency MFA Program in Creative Writing at Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Jonathan lives in Concord, Massachusetts, with the poet Amy M. Clark and their son Jonah. Amy M. Clark’s first book of poems, Stray Home (University of North Texas Press, 2010), was selected by Beth Ann Fennelly for the Vassar Miller Prize in Poetry 2009. Her poems and short fiction have appeared in several journals, including The Cincinnati Review, Cream City Review, Natural Bridge, Poet Lore, The Seattle Review, Southern Poetry Review, Sou’wester, and 32 Poems. Clark grew up in San Luis Obispo, California. She is a graduate of Carleton College, and holds degrees from the University of Nevada, Reno, and the Spalding University MFA in Writing Program. She works as a freelance editor and lives in Concord, Massachusetts, with the poet Jonathan Weinert and their son, Jonah.