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SHP Presents: An Evening with Liz Ahl, Spree MacDonald, Lillo Way, and Jianqing Zheng (via Zoom)

October 27, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Free – $25.00

Please join us on Zoom for the launch of the SHP fall reading series! We are thrilled to welcome four Slapering Hol Press contest winners as they read from their latest collections. This reading will take place via Zoom. The Zoom link will be emailed after registration. (Please check spam / promotions folder for this email and email [email protected] with any questions.) Donations toward the readers’ honoraria are much appreciated.

Liz Ahl is the author of Beating the Bounds (Hobblebush Books, 2017), Home Economics(Seven Kitchens Press, 2016), Talking About the Weather (Seven Kitchens Press, 2012), Luck (Pecan Grove Press, 2010), and A Thirst That’s Partly Mine (winner of the 2008 Slapering Hol Press chapbook contest). Her poems have appeared in numerous literary journals, among them Prairie Schooner, Sinister Wisdom, Measure, Nimrod, and Crab Orchard Review. Her work has also been included in several anthologies, including This Assignment is So Gay: LGBTIQ Poets on the Art of Teaching (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2013), COVID Spring: Granite State Pandemic Poems (Hobblebush Books, 2020), Show Us Your Papers (Main Street Rag, 2020), Visiting Bob: Poems Inspired by the Life and Work of Bob Dylan (New Rivers Press, 2018) and Nasty Women Poets: An Unapologetic Anthology of Subversive Verse (Lost Horse Press, 2017), among others. She has been awarded residencies at Playa, Jentel, the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, the Vermont Studio Center, and the Writers’ Colony at Dairy Hollow. She teaches writing at Plymouth State University in Plymouth, New Hampshire.

Spree MacDonald will read from his debut full-length collection, Konkababy which Ghirmai Negash, Professor of English & Postcolonial Literatures, calls “Deftly written, haunting, and enchanting.” Spree lives with his family in Albuquerque where he is a high school principal. Among other past lives, he has been a university instructor, drywaller, building painter, high school teacher, marina worker, tutor, fruit packer, grocery stocker, snow shoveler, cherry picker, and a teacher trainer in rural South Africa. He is the author of the poetry chapbook, Milksop Codicil (Slapering Hol Press), which won the SHP chapbook contest.

Lillo Way’s poetry collection, Lend Me Your Wings, described by Ellen Bass as “rich in music and in imagination…a celebration and a joy,” was released July 2021 by Shanti Arts Publishing. Her chapbook, Dubious Moon, won the  Slapering Hol Press Chapbook Contest. Her poems have won the E.E. Cummings Award and a Florida Review Editors’ Prize. Her writing has appeared in New Letters, Poet Lore, Tampa Review, Louisville Review, Poetry East, among others. Way has received grants from the NEA, NY State Council on the Arts, and the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation for her choreographic work involving poetry. www.lilloway.com You can purchase her new book here:

Jianqing Zheng  is the author of A Way of Looking (Silverfish Review Press, 2021), Enforced Rustication in the Chinese Cultural Revolution (Texas Review Press, 2019), Delta Sun (ebook by Red Moon Press, 2018), and The Landscape of the Mind (Slapering Hol Press, 2001), editor of six books including Conversations with Dana Gioia and African American Haiku: Cultural Visions (both from the University Press of Mississippi). He’s also the editor of Valley Voices: A Literary Review. His forthcoming book of poetry is The Dog Ears of Reeducation. His poetry has appeared in magazines including Mississippi Review, Spillway, Poetry East, and Hanging Loose.



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October 27, 2021
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Free – $25.00
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Hudson Valley Writers Center
Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States