Literary Lounge
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Literary Lounge
The Literary Lounge is now sponsored by the Jackson Center for Creative Writing at Hollins University.  Each month we'll showcase featured writers of various genres and also provide opportunities for emerging writers to share their work in a non-competitive, supportive environment. All work must be original and, for non-featured writers, no more than five minutes long.  The goal is to bring writers and listeners together in a community that is enthusiastic about sharing the written and spoken word.

Next event:  Dec. 4th @ 8 p.m.  Free!


Our readers will be Melanie Moro-Huber, poetry book review editor of the New York Quarterly, and John Gosslee, editor of Fjords Review, a biannual literary magazine that publishes poetry, short stories, translations, and works of art.


Melanie Moro-Huber's first full length poetry collection, Axe in Hand, will be published Jan 1, 2012 from NYQ Books. Her chap-sized collection, Memory of Paper appeared in Ahadada Reader 3, 2010. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Fjords, Connotations Press, YB, and Savvy Wit & Verse. She is presently the poetry book review editor for New York Quarterly, She received the Tennessee Williams Scholarship from Sewanee in 2010. To support her bad writing habit she works at an after school program for kids, she'll be teaching writing courses this winter through Roanoke County enrichment programs.

-----'To read Melanie Moro-Huber’s Axe in Hand, is to become enthralled in the voice of a poet living fully, and vital to such fullness is an awareness of “the hour time condenses,” the world when “our vanishing bodies will emboss the wall.” Her formal range combines with her fertile imagination to stunning effect, the collection “full of shining conduits."'------Claudia Emerson


John Gosslee was poet-in-residence for Attitude: The Dancers' Magazine
from 2008-2011. His first work "12" was published in French, Spanish and
English this October by Gival Press. He is the Editor of Fjords Review and
enjoys riding his motorcycle throughout the country.


Featured writers
for August 7, 2011
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David Gauly

S. H. Lohmann

Featured writers
for March 6, 2011
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Betsy Ashton

Roland Lazenby

Featured writers
for Nov. 7, 2010

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Keith Ferrell

Dan Smith

Jeanne Larsen

Featured writers
for Oct. 3, 2010

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Brandon Courtney

Ashley Clark Good

Meighan Sharp

Featured writers
for Sept. 5, 2010

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Josh Callum

Lesley Wheeler

Joseph Hasinger

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