Dire Literary Series, 1/7/11
January 7, 2011
One hour open mic followed by features: Growing up in Atlanta, G.A., Steven Lee Beeber (or "Beeb!" as he was then known) bemoaned not just the fact that none of The Beatles were Jewish, but that Barry Manilow and Neil Sedaka were. If not for the examples made by Lou "the Jew" Reed and Joey "Jewy" Ramone, he might have simply given up and become an accountant. ... The editor of the forthcoming anthology AWAKE! A Reader for the Sleepless (including work by such greats as James Tate, Margaret Atwood, Louise Bourgeois, and the Suicide Girls), Beeber’s work has appeared in The Paris Review, Fiction, Bridge, The New York Times, Spin, MOJO, Maxim, Details, Conduit, Rain Taxi, and elsewhere. He also blew sax for the Atlanta-based Gospel-punk band The Chowder Shouters. Once or twice, anyway. Howard Goldowsky lives near Boston, Massachusetts, with his family. He has contributed to a variety of chess magazines, including Chess Life and ChessCafe.com, and has won numerous awards for his writing. His formal education is in physics and electrical engineering, but what he likes about chess and writing is that both present rich challenges in the craft of expressing ideas. The skilled chess player develops ideas, using pieces; the skilled writer develops ideas, using words. Laura Cherry's first full-length collection of poetry, Haunts, is now available from Cooper Dillon Books. Her chapbook, What We Planted, was awarded the 2002 Philbrick Poetry Award by the Providence Athenaeum. She is co-editor of the anthology Poem, Revised (Marion Street Press). Her work has been published in journals, including Forklift: Ohio, H_NGM_N, The Vocabula Review, Newport Review, LA Review, and Naugatuck River Review. It has also appeared in the anthologies Present Tense (Calyx Press) and Vocabula Bound (Vocabula Books). She received an MFA from Warren Wilson College. She lives near Boston, where she works as a technical writer.