Writers Series: Three Fresh Voices
An Evening of Poetry and Stories
Thursday, November 8, 2012
Ellison Campus Center, MLK Room
Free and open to the public.
Sponsored by the Salem State University English department and the Center for the Creative and Performing Arts.
Alexandria Peary is the author of two books of poetry, Fall Foliage Called Bathers & Dancers (2008) and Lid to the Shadow (2010). The latter was selected for the 2010 Slope Editions Book Prize. Her work has also received the Joseph Langland Award from the Academy of American Poets and has appeared in The Denver Quarterly, New American Writing, Fence, The Gettysburg Review, Crazyhorse, and The Massachusetts Review. She has published literary essays on the poets Caroline Knox and Laura Jensen as well as humor and scholarly articles. She is an associate professor in the English department at Salem State University.
Enzo Silon Surin is a Haitian-born poet, playwright, speaker, and social advocate. He earned an MFA in Creative Writing from Lesley University and is currently an adjunct faculty member in English at Bunker Hill Community College. His chapbook, HIGHER GROUND (Finishing Line Press, 2006), was nominated for a Massachusetts Book Award. His poetry has appeared in numerous publications and has won several prizes and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Surin also teaches in the PEN New England Prison Writing Program and curates the monthly coffeehouse series Lynn: City Unplugged.
Ayshia Stephenson, a Brooklynite, fuses poetry and storytelling with a provocative and spiritual performance, both in her writing and on stage. She received her MFA in Writing from the California Institute of Arts, in 2009. Also a social scientist, Ayshia holds an MA in Applied Sociology from the University of Massachusetts, Boston. She is most interested in looking at race, gender and culture through a narrative and ethnographic lens. Her interdisciplinary work has been published by TESOL Review, Seoul Writer’s Anthology, Seoul National University, A Gathering of the Tribes, the Clarion, and Drury University. She most recently won Grace & Notes’ 2011 Gold Prize First Book Award for her poetry manuscript black hands of a morning calm about her three-year expatriate experience in Seoul, South Korea. Boston is her new home again, where she is a visiting lecturer at Salem State University’s English department. Ayshia Stephenson spends her free time, whether real or imagined, soaking up the natural hot springs of Southern California and enjoying long road trips and camping under the stars.