Thursday, February 19, 2009

Julien Poirier, Derek Fenner & Ryan Gallagher

Thursday, February 19th at 7:30

Derek Fenner is an artist/writer and the author of MY FAVORITE COLOR IS RED and his recently published his first assemblage novel, I NO LONGER BELIEVE IN THE SUN: LOVE LETTERS TO KATIE COURIC. He is a graduate of the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics and currently resides in Lowell, MA. He is the project director of "Unlocking the Light: Integrating the Arts in Juvenile Justice Education", a program he designed to incorporate art in the educational classrooms for students and teachers in MA Department of Youth Services residential facilities. He is one of the founders of Bootstrap Press.

Ryan Gallagher lives in Lowell, MA with his wife and daughter. He is the author of PLUM SMASH AND OTHER FLASHBULBS published in 2005 and THE COMPLETE POEMS OF GAUIS VALERIUS CATULLUS, a project he began at the Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics where he completed his MFA and where he was the recipient of the William Burroughs scholarship. He received his B.A. in Literature from Boston College. He also studied Thangka painting, traditional Tibetan Buddha paintings, for two years and is an accomplished oil painter. Ryan currently teaches high school literature and is one of the founders of Bootstrap Press.

Julien Poirier was born in San Francisco in 1970. As well as writing poems, he has done time as an editor (Ugly Duckling Presse, Gneiss Press) and as a public school poetry teacher in New York City. He prefers to work to a captive audience of 5th-graders in the outer boroughs of that city. Books include Absurd Good News (Insert Press, 2006) and Living! Go and Dream (UDP, 2005).

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