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The Bridge PAI Reading Series: May 2014

Bridge PAI Reading Series

We’re excited to provide you with the line-up of fabulous readers in the Bridge PAI Reading Series, occurring on the third Friday of every month at 7pm. Bring your glorious self and your cherished chums over to the Bridge for a night of literary good times.

May 16, 2014, 7pm: Mark Jay Brewin, Jr. & Alexander Lumans

Mark Jay Brewin Jr is a graduate of the MFA program of Southern Illinois University-Carbondale.  His poems have been published or are forthcoming in numerous journals including Beloit Poetry Journal, Southern Humanities Review, Antioch Review, The Hollins Critic, North American Review, Greensboro Review, Prairie Schooner and elsewhere.  His first book Scrap Iron won the 2012 Agha Shahid Ali Prize in Poetry at the University of Utah Press and was a finalist for the 2013 Julie Suk Award at Jacar Press. Brewin is currently the Poetry Editor for the online publication Saxifrage Press, Contributing Editor for the poetry journal Cave Wall, and Guest Editor this fall at

Alexander Lumans is currently the Spring 2014 Philip Roth Creative Writing Resident at Bucknell University. He has been awarded fellowships and scholarships to the MacDowell Colony, Blue Mountain Center, ART342, Norton Island, RopeWalk Writers Retreat, Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and Sewanee Writers’ Conference. He received the 2013 Gulf Coast Fiction Prize, 3rd place in the 2012 Story Quarterly Fiction Contest, and the 2011 Barry Hannah Fiction Prize from The Yalobusha Review. His fiction has appeared in Story Quarterly, Gulf CoastBlackbird, Cincinnati Review, Black Warrior Review, Greensboro Review, and The Normal School,among others. He is co-editor of the anthology Apocalypse Now: Poems and Prose from the End of Days (Upper Rubber Boot Books). He graduated from the M.F.A. Fiction Program at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

Future Readers:

June 20, 2014: Sarah McCartt-Jackson & Emma Rathbone
July 18, 2014: Sarah Crossland & Graelyn Brashear
August 15, 2014: Lindsay Turner & TBD
September 12, 2014 (second Friday, just to make sure you’re paying attention): James Miller & TBD
October 17, 2014: Molly Minturn & Nell Boeschenstein

This event is part of a series, brought to you by the Arts Incubator.  The night is free and open to the public.