Voices from Independent Presses: Rita Mae Reese, Okla Elliott, and Garnett Kilberg-Cohen

Event date: 
Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 6:00pm

A Room of One's Own looks forward to welcoming three strong voices from independent publishers. Please join us for a reading and book signing from Okla Elliott, Rita Mae Reese, and Garnett Kilberg-Cohen.

Okla Elliott

Okla Elliott is currently an Illinois Distinguished Fellow at the University of Illinois, where he works in the fields of comparative literature and trauma studies. He also holds an MFA from Ohio State University. His nonfiction, poetry, short fiction, and translations have appeared in Another Chicago Magazine, Harvard Review, Indiana Review, The Literary Review, The Los Angeles Review, among others. He is the author of the fiction collection From the Crooked Timber and a poetry collection, The Cartographer’s Ink . His novel, The Doors You Mark Are Your Own (co-authored with Raul Clement), is forthcoming in early 2015 from Dark House Press, and his book of translation Blackbirds in September: Selected Shorter Poems of Jürgen Becker is forthcoming in late 2015 from Black Lawrence Press.



Rita Mae ReeseRita Mae Reese is a recipient of a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award, a Stegner fellowship in fiction, a “Discovery”/The Nation award, and a Pamaunok Poetry Prize, among other awards. Her first book, The Alphabet Conspiracy, is available from Arktoi Books. An animated video of the title poem was created by Flavor to showcase at the Association of Independent Commercial Producers Midwest Trade Show and can be viewed on her website at www.ritamaereese.com.



Garnett Kilberg Cohen has published two collections of short stories: Lost Women, Banished Souls (U of Missouri Press) and How We Move the Air (Mayapple Press). Her fiction has garnered many awards, including the Crazyhorse Fiction Prize and a Special Mention from the Pushcart Prize. She is a professor in the Creative Writing Department at Columbia College Chicago. The central motif and conflict that runs through Kilberg Cohen's newest collection, Swarm to Glory, is that of endings. Some may be monumental endings, such as the end of a relationship in “Bottle of Wine,” or the end of life itself in “Appropriate Behavior.” Then again, some may be considered superficial endings, such as in "The Woman With the Longest Hair," where a haircut is significant only to the characters involved. In the face of such endings, Garnett's characters must decide whether they will be ruled by them, or whether, in spite of the ephemeral nature of all things, they will swarm to glory.

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The Alphabet Conspiracy Cover Image
ISBN: 9780980040739
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Published: Red Hen Press - February 1st, 2011

SKU: 9780615968483