Tuesday, July 6, 2010

July Reading

Please join us Thurs., July 15, at 7 p.m. for the Bon Mot/ley Reading Series, featuring Neelanjana Banerjee, Ellen Elder, and Aryanil Mukherjee. It’s the last reading of the 2009/2010 season, and we’d love to see you there.

Neelanjana Banerjee is a writer, editor and teacher based in San Francisco. She is a co-editor of Indivisible: An Anthology of South Asian American Poetry (University of Arkansas Press, 2010) – the first anthology to feature American poets with roots in Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Her fiction and poetry have appeared in The Literary Review, The Asian Pacific American Journal, A Room of One’s Own, Nimrod, Desilit Magazine and the anthology Desilicious (Arsenal Press, 2004). She is the Books and Lit editor for Hyphen, an Asian American arts and culture magazine, and spent the last year teaching creative writing to high school students with the San Francisco WritersCorps.

Most recently, Ellen Elder was a runner-up in the annual Poetry Center of Chicago Juried Reading Contest. She has degrees from The University of Chicago, Miami University, and The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where she received a PhD in English. She spent her childhood summers growing up in Ireland and is a native Cincinnatian. Her fiction was nominated for the 2006 Best New American Voices and her poetry can be found online at Exquisite Corpse and DMQ Review and is forthcoming The Cento: A Collection of Collage Poems (Red Hen Press). She also writes memoir.

Aryanil Mukherjee is a Bengali language poet who also writes in English (mostly by means of transcreation). He has authored six books of poetry in two languages and three collections of essays and hybrid-prose. Second gen. editor of Kaurab literary mag & webzines. Aryanil grew up in Kolkata, India and has lived in Cincinnati since 1999. He works as an engineering mathematician.

The Bon Mot/ley Reading Series takes place in the Clifton Cultural Arts Center on the second Thursday of each month. The CCAC is located at 3711 Clifton Ave., and you can learn more about the center here: www.cliftonculturalarts.org. Readings are free and open to the public.

Audio files of previous readings are also available on our reading series blog: www.bonmotley.blogspot.com.

We hope to see you Thursday, and we thank you for your continued support of the series. Stay tuned for news about the 2010/2011 season.

Kristi Maxwell & Michael Rerick
Series Curators