September – November 2014
Penny Guisinger lives and writes on the easternmost tip of the United States. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in many literary journals and her reviews appear regularly in The Quoddy Tides and The Review Review. Her essay “Coming Out” was named as a finalist in the 2013 Fourth Genre essay contest, and the essay “Provincetown” was awarded an editor’s choice award from Solstice. She is the founding organizer of Iota: The Conference of Short Prose. A graduate of the Stonecoast MFA program at the University of Southern Maine, Penny shares her home with her wife and the two most beautiful, talented children in the world. Guisinger will talk about “Living a Writerly Life.”
William Trowbridge’s latest poetry collection, Put This On, Please: New and Selected Poems, was published by Red Hen Press in 2014. His other collections are Ship of Fool, The Complete Book of Kong, Flickers, O Paradise, and Enter Dark Stranger. Trowbridge lives in the Kansas City area and was Poet Laureate of Missouri from 2012 to 2014. He’ll speak on humor in poetry.
Michelle Garcia graduated from SUNY Oswego with a degree in journalism, minoring in political science and women’s studies. All of that, plus her concentration in creative nonfiction writing and editorship at The Oswegonian, came in handy when she was hired as an editorial assistant at The Advocate. She was promoted as an associate editor in 2009, and then commentary editor in 2012. In September 2013, she was named managing editor of Advocate.com. Garcia studied screenwriting and producing at UCLA, as well as improv at Upright Citizens Brigade in Los Angeles and sketch comedy at Improv Olympic, where she writes for a weekly topical sketch show, Top Story! Weekly. She lives in Santa Monica, with her comedy-writing husband. Garcia will talk about writers having a post-college career plan and related topics.