Local Poetry Stage presented by Java Monkey
Diebert is author of Life
Outside the Set (Sweatshoppe, 2013), poetry editor for The Chattahoochee Review, president of Georgia Poetry Society,
volunteer at Lifeline Animal Project, and two-time cancer survivor. Recent poems have appeared in The Tusculum Review, Muse/ A, New Haven Review,
and Pembroke Magazine. He is working on a new poetry manuscript, as-yet
untitled. In his spare time, Michael
teaches writing and literature at the Clarkston campus of Perimeter College,
GSU. He is a resident of Avondale
Estates, where he lives with his wife and his two dogs.
Frank Holt is associate professor of English and Humanities at Perimeter College, Georgia State University, Clarkston campus, and has B.A. degrees in both English and Creative Writing from Agnes Scott College. He is a frequent participant in open mics at Java Monkey and Regency House, and serves as organizer of the Faculty Poetry Reading at Clarkston campus. Frank has also served as guest editor for Share Magazine at Kennesaw College. Notably, he still has a copy of his first published poem in second grade.
Louise McKinney’s first volume of poetry, The Woman Who Drank Her Own Reflection, was published by Guernica Editions in spring 2013 and was shortlisted for the Texas Review annual poetry prize. She’s a Canadian expat author, originally from Toronto and currently lives in Lawrenceville. Her book of creative nonfiction, Cities of the Imagination: New Orleans (Oxford University Press USA, 2006), chronicles the time she spent living in that city. Currently, Louise is at work revising a poetry manuscript about New Orleans entitled MEGA. She is a member of the English faculty at Perimeter College of Georgia State University, where she’s also a faculty reader for The Chattahoochee Review.
Gregg Murray is the Editor-in-Chief of Muse /A (myoo-zay) Journal. His poems have appeared in Caketrain, DIAGRAM, Pank, Birmingham Poetry Review, Carolina Quarterly, and elsewhere. He is the author of Ceviche, a poetry chapbook from Spittoon Press. Gregg also writes for The Huffington Post, The Fanzine, Real Pants, and others.
Katherine D. Perry is an associate professor of English at Perimeter College of Georgia State University. Her first book of poetry, Long Alabama Summer, will be released later in 2017. Her poems have been published or are forthcoming in Women’s Studies Quarterly, The Dead Mule School of Southern Literature, Eco-Chick, Poetry Quarterly, Melusine, Southern Women’s Review, Bloodroot, Borderlands, Women’s Studies, RiverSedge, Rio Grande Review, and 13th Moon. She works in Georgia prisons to bring literature and poetry to incarcerated students, and is currently building the Georgia State University Prison Education Project to bring college courses into Georgia state and federal prisons. She lives in Decatur, Georgia with her spouse and two children.