Local Poetry Stage presented by Java Monkey
Christeene Alcosiba is the manager of operations and public programming at Emory University's Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library, and an organizer with the Atlanta chapter of SURJ (Showing Up for Racial Justice). Her poems and articles have been published or forthcoming in Rattle, New York Quarterly, Forklift, OH, and English Journal, among others. Her first chapbook, Little Earthquakes, was the winner of the 2010 New York Book Festival Poetry Prize. She is currently working on her first full-length book of poems and prose, Doom Lyric.
Jericho Brown is the recipient of the Whiting Writers Award and fellowships from the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University and the National Endowment for the Arts. His first book, Please (New Issues, 2008), won the American Book Award, and his second book, The New Testament (Copper Canyon, 2014), was named one of the best poetry books of the year by Library Journal. His poems have also appeared in The Nation, The New Republic, The New Yorker, and The Best American Poetry. Brown earned a PhD from the University of Houston, an MFA from the University of New Orleans, and a BA from Dillard University. He is an associate professor in the creative writing program at Emory University.
Bruce Covey is the author of 6 books of poetry, most recently Change Machine from Noemi Press. He has taught at Yale University, Emory University, and the Atlanta College of Art. He lives in Atlanta, where he publishes Coconut Books. His seventh collection, Clear the Range, is forthcoming.
Madison Dalton is a senior at Emory University, majoring in creative writing and quantitative sciences with a focus in international studies. A strong believer in Emerson’s statement, “words are also actions and actions are a kind of words,” she hopes to combine writing, humanitarian fieldwork, ministry, and research to address global issues in a manner that is both effective and human-centric. Her specific areas of interest include decreasing human trafficking, giving local communities a greater voice in developmental aid plans, and improving women’s healthcare access. Madison believes language’s ability to invoke empathy and compassion is crucial to maintaining our humanity.
Hilleary Gramling is a recently graduated alumnus from Emory University with a BA in creative writing/English and art history. She graduated summa cum laude for her thesis, Siren, a collection of poems. Her favorite poets are Ai, Kim Addonizio, Jericho Brown, and Carl Phillips.
Katharine Johnsen received her MFA in creative writing from the University of North Carolina Wilmington, where she was the Bernice Kert Fellow, and is the recipient of a Sewanee Writers’ Conference scholarship and a Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Prize. Her poems have recently appeared or are forthcoming in Five Points, Southern Indiana Review, Ninth Letter, American Literary Review, Painted Bride Quarterly, Tupelo Quarterly, and elsewhere.
Caroline M. Schmidt is a graduate of Emory University, where she studied creative writing. A Beinecke Scholar, Emory Stipe Scholar, and recipient of a Bucknell Seminar for Undergraduate Poets fellowship, she served as the editor for nationally-renowned Lullwater Review from 2016-2017. Her work has appeared in Spires Magazine, the Agnes Scott Writers' Festival, and elsewhere. She plans to pursue graduate degrees in fiction and eighteenth-century literature.
A native Floridian, Alice Teeter graduated from Eckerd College in St. Petersburg. She moved to Atlanta in 1975 “just for the summer” and currently resides in Pine Lake. Her fifth book of poetry, Mountain Mother Poems, has just been published by Finishing Line Press, Georgetown, Kentucky. She taught beginning and intermediate poetry writing at Emory University for three years and is an Associate Editor for Calamaro in Atlanta, Georgia. Alice is a member of Alternate ROOTS, a service organization for artists doing community-based work in the Southeast; a member of the Artist Conference Network, a national coaching community for people doing creative work; and a member of the Atlanta Women’s Poetry Collective. She performs regularly with the Imprah!vables, a local theatrical improv troupe. With her spouse, Kathie deNobriga, she hosts a monthly Art Salon where artists of all kinds present finished work or work in progress to an intimate and appreciative audience.
A native of West Texas, Judith Carson has lived in Georgia for most of her life, completing her MA in English/creative writing at Georgia State in 2016. She still takes classes and is considering pursuing her Ph.D. in poetry. The strong community and group participation in the GSU program has enhanced her life and her writing. Her work has appeared in Borderlands, Texas Poetry Review; The LBJ/Avian Life Literary Arts journal; Sin Fronteras/Writers Without Borders; Borderlands/Texas Poetry Review; The Southern Poetry Anthology; Crosswinds Poetry Journal, and won first place for poetry in the Porter Fleming Literary Competition.