Wednesday February 23rd: Daniel Khalastchi, Dora Malech, and Srikanth Reddy
Born and raised in Iowa, Daniel Khalastchi is a first-generation Iraqi Jewish American. A recent fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, he is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor of English at Marquette University. His first collection of poetry, Manoleria (2011), was awarded the Tupelo Press/Crazyhorse First Book Prize, and his poems have appeared in numerous journals, including Kenyon Review, jubilat, MAKE, and Denver Quarterly. He lives in Milwaukee where he is also the co-editor of Rescue Press.
Dora Malech is the author of two books of poems, Say So (Cleveland State University Poetry Center, 2011) and Shore Ordered Ocean (Waywiser Press, 2009). Her poems have appeared in The New Yorker, Poetry, Best New Poets, Poetry London, Denver Quarterly, and American Letters & Commentary, among other publications. She the recipient of a Ruth Lilly Poetry Fellowship, a Writer's Fellowship at the Civitella Ranieri Center in Italy, and a Glenn Schaeffer Poetry Fellowship. She has taught writing at Saint Mary's College of California, Victoria University in New Zealand, Augustana College in Illinois, and the University of Iowa. She lives in Iowa City and is the Executive Director of the Iowa Youth Writing Project.
Srikanth Reddy is the author of two books of poetry, "Facts for Visitors" (2004) and "Voyager" (2011), both published by the University of California Press. A book-length collaboration with the poet Daniel Beachy-Quick is forthcoming from 1913 Press in 2012. Reddy is currently an assistant professor at the University of Chicago.