We’re pleased to announce the poets who will serve as preliminary readers for Tupelo’s July Open Reading Period: Angela Narciso Torres, Jeffrey Pethybridge, and Andrea Witzke Slot.
Angela Narciso Torres’s poetry collection. Blood Orange, won the Willow Books Literature Award for Poetry. Her work appears in Spoon River Poetry Review, Nimrod, Colorado Review, Cimarron Review, Drunken Boat, and others. A graduate of Warren Wilson MFA Program and Harvard Graduate School of Education, Angela has received fellowships from Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Illinois Arts Council, and Ragdale Foundation. New City magazine named her one of Chicago’s Lit 50 in 2016. Born in Brooklyn and raised in Manila, she is a senior poetry editor for RHINO and a reader for New England Review. www.angelanarcisotorres.com
Jeffrey Pethybridge is the author of Striven, The Bright Treatise (Noemi Press 2013). His work appears widely in journals and anthologies such as Best American Experimental Writing, Chicago Review, Volt, Colorado Review, LIT, The Iowa Review, New American Writing, and others. He teaches in the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University where he is the Managing Director of the Summer Writing Program. He is also the North American Editor for Likestarlings, a web-archive of collaborative poetry and poetics. He lives in Denver with the poet Carolina Ebeid and their son Patrick; together they edit Visible Binary. He’s currently at work on a documentary project centered on the recently released torture memos entitled “Force Drift, an Essay in the Epic.” He grew up in Virginia.
Winner of Able Muse and Fiction International’s Fiction Prizes, Andrea Witzke Slot is author of the poetry collection To find a new beauty (Gold Wake Press). Her second poetry collection was recently shortlisted for Eyewear Press’s Beverly Prize, and her fiction, poetry, and essays appear in a variety of UK and US journals, including Ambit, Acumen, Nimrod, Bellevue Literary Review, Litro, Meridian, American Literary Review, Mid-American Review, Southeast Review, Tupelo Quarterly, and The Chronicle of Higher Education. Her academic essays on dialogism, poetry, and social change can be found in books by SUNY Press and Palgrave Macmillan. Her fiction and creative nonfiction is represented by Stephanie Sinclair at Transatlantic Literary Agency. She lives in London but visits Chicago regularly. Her website is www.andreawitzkeslot.com.