The Boise State MFA program in creative writing will host poetry readings on three consecutive Fridays in October. Readings will take place at MING Studios, 420 S. 6th St. All readings will begin at 7:30 p.m. They are free and open to the public.
Friday, Oct 12: 7:30 p.m.: Poets C. Violet Eaton and Sara Nicholson will begin the fall reading series. Eaton is the author of “Some Habits” (winner of the 2013 Omnidawn Open prize) and “Quartet,” forthcoming from Ahsahta Press. Nicholson is the author of “What the Lyric Is” and “The Living Method,” both from The Song Cave. Eaton and Nicholson are married, and live in West Fork, Arkansas.
Friday, Oct. 19: This reading features poet Tom Pickard, author of more than a dozen books including “Fiends Fell” (Flood Editions, 2017), “Winter Migrants” (Carcanet, 2016), “Ballad of Jamie Allan” (Flood Editions, 2007), and “The Dark Months of May” (Flood Editions, 2004). In addition to his poetry, he has compiled several books of oral history, “Jarrow March” (Allison & Busby, 1981) and “We Make Ships” (Secker & Warbourgh, 1989). He has also directed and produced a number of documentary films for British television on the subject of shipbuilding and “work,” as well as a film on Roy Fisher, British poet and jazz pianist, “What I Think With.” Pickard grew up in the working-class suburbs of Newcastle upon Tyne, England.
Friday, Oct. 26: Sandra Simonds is the final writer in the series. She is the author of six books of poetry, “Orlando” (Wave Books, 2018), “Further Problems with Pleasure” (winner of the 2015 Akron Poetry Prize from the University of Akron Press), “Steal It Back” (Saturnalia Books, 2015), “The Sonnets” (Bloof Books, 2014), “Mother Was a Tragic Girl” (Cleveland State University Poetry Center, 2012), and “Warsaw Bikini” (Bloof Books, 2009). Her poems have been published in numerous literary journals. In 2013, she won a Readers’ Choice Award for her sonnet “Red Wand,” which was published on Poets.org, the Academy of American Poets website. She lives in Tallahassee, Florida and is an associate professor of English and humanities at Thomas University in Thomasville, Georgia.