Theodore Dreiser Visiting Writers Series featuring Allison Joseph and Callista Buchen
Thursday, October 22, 6:00 pm (ET)
This series is made possible by support from the Indiana Arts Commission and Arts Illiana. The event is free and open to the public. Please register at the Zoom link below to receive an event link:
Meeting ID: 914 2307 9105
Born in London, England to parents of Caribbean heritage, Allison Joseph grew up in Toronto, Canada, and the Bronx, New York. A graduate of Kenyon College and Indiana University, she serves as poetry editor of Crab Orchard Review, the publisher of No Chair Press, and the director of Writers in Common, a writing conference for writers of all ages and experience levels. In 2014, she was awarded a Doctor of Letters honorary degree from the undergraduate alma mater, Kenyon College.
Her books and chapbooks include What Keeps Us Here, Soul Train, In Every Seam, Worldly Pleasures, Imitation of Life, Voice: Poems, My Father’s Kites, Trace Particles, Little Epiphanies, Mercurial, Mortal Rewards, Multitudes, The Purpose of Hands, Double Identity, Corporal Muse, What Once You Loved, and Confessions of a Barefaced Woman, which won the 2019 Feather Quill Book Awards in poetry and was nominated in the poetry category of the NAACP Image Awards in 2019. Confessions of a Barefaced Woman was also a 2019 finalist for both the Montaigne Medal and the Da Vinci Eye Book awards, sponsored by the Eric Hoffer Book Awards.
Allison Joseph lives in Carbondale, Illinois, where she directs the MFA Program in Creative Writing at Southern Illinois University.
Callista Buchen holds an MA from the University of Oregon, an MFA from Bowling Green State University, and a PhD from the University of Kansas. She is an assistant professor at Franklin College in Indiana, where she directs the creative writing program, advising the student literary magazine, The Apogee, and curating the visiting writers reading series.
The winner of DIAGRAM’s essay contest and the Lawrence Arts Center’s Langston Hughes Award, she is the author of the full-length collection Look Look Look (Black Lawrence Press, October 2019), the chapbooks The Bloody Planet (Black Lawrence Press, October 2015) and Double-Mouthed (dancing girl press, October 2017). Her poetry appears in Harpur Palate, Puerto del Sol, Fourteen Hills, Salamander, and others, while her reviews have been published in journals like Prick of the Spindle, The Literary Review, and The Collagist. She also writes frequently with the poet Amy Ash. Their collaborative work has appeared in journals like BOAAT and Poetry South, as well as been featured in the Inflectionist Review and in They Said: A Multi-Genre Anthology of Contemporary Collaborative Writing.