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May 10, 2013
Chris Mattingly is the author of Scuffletown (Typecast Publishing, 2013) and A Light for Your Beacon, translations of Anglo-Saxon riddles (Q Avenue Press). His poems have lately appeared in River Styx, The Lumberyard, Still, Louisville Review, Sawmill Magazine, and Forklift, OHIO. Chris cultivates a great big vegetable garden, plays the fretless banjo, and is the eighth generation Mattingly to live in Kentucky. He holds an MFA in Poetry from Spalding University and lives in southeast Georgia where he teaches at East Georgia State College.
Slow Charleston has been making music together for most of a decade. Recently, Chris Rodahaffer, Mick Sullivan, Dustin Baron and Jon Gardner have created a live theatre score with Will Oldham, provided music for a Humana Festival square dance and performed music by South American composer Astor Piazzolla onstage at the University of Louisville. Pulling from thousands of sources and distilling them with Kentucky authenticity, they’ve successfully worked to avoid stereotypes an audience may have about traditional bluegrass instrumentation. But above all, they have fun.
September 13, 2013
Marci Rae Johnson holds an MFA in Poetry Writing from Spalding University. She currently teaches at Valparaiso University, where she serves as Poetry Editor for The Cresset and on the English department reading series committee (Wordfest). She is also the Poetry Editor for WordFarm press. Her poems appear or are forthcoming in The Valparaiso Poetry Review, Perihelion, The Louisville Review, Phoebe, The Christian Century, Strange Horizons, and 32 Poems, among others. Her first collection of poetry won the Powder Horn Prize and was published by Sage Hill Press this year.