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About Our Readers


Jennifer Baumgardner is a feminist editor, magazine writer, author, lecturer, and filmmaker. Her six books include Manifesta and Look Both Ways: Bisexual Politics and she created the documentaries It Was Rape and I Had an Abortion. She led the Feminist Press from 2013-2107 and then launched Dottir Press in 2018.





Tara Skurtu is the author of The Amoeba Game and the forthcoming poetry collection Faith Farm. A two-time Fulbright grantee and recipient of two Academy of American Poets prizes and a Robert Pinsky Global Fellowship, she is the founder of International Poetry Circle and a steering committee member of Writers for Democratic Action. Tara is based in Bucharest, where she is a writing coach for clients around the world.




Robin MacArthur is the author of Half Wild: Stories (winner of the 2017 PEN New England award for fiction) and the novel Heart Spring Mountain. Her essays about place, home and climate change have appeared in Orion Magazine, Hunger Mountain, and NPR, and she is the founder of Word House, a fledgling literary arts space in Brattleboro, Vermont.




Trinie Dalton has authored, edited, and/or curated six books. Wide Eyed (Akashic) was a selection of Dennis Cooper’s Little House on the Bowery series and a finalist for The Believer book award. Dear New Girl or Whatever Your Name Is (McSweeney’s), co-edited with Lisa Wagner and Eli Horowitz, is an art book for which she transformed her archive of confiscated high school notes into a collaboration between fifty artists. Mythtym (Picturebox) is an art/fiction anthology based on mythological monsters and horror. Sweet Tomb (Madras Press) is a fairy tale novella. Baby Geisha (Two Dollar Radio), is her most recent story collection.



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Previous Spring 2021 Readings

  • April 16 — Ruben Quesada, Ken Chen, Youmna Chlala, Erika T. Wurth, Megan Fernandes
  • March 19 — Sean Prentiss, Lesley Nneka Arimah, Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, Douglas Kearney
  • February 19 — Tim Horvath, Shin Yu Pai, Prageeta Sharma, Lizzy Fox
  • February 5 — Amahl Khouri, Tim Kirkman, Felicia Rose Chavez, Evie Shockley