A reading to celebrate the 45th anniversary of Alice James Books, featuring readings by their authors francine j. harris, Phillip B. Williams, and Iain Haley Pollock.
francine j. harris is a 2015 NEA Creative Writing Fellow whose first collection, ALLEGIANCE, was a finalist for the 2013 Kate Tufts Discovery and PEN Open Book Award. Originally from Detroit, she is also Cave Canem fellow who has lived in several cities before returning to Michigan. She received an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Michigan, and currently teaches writing at Interlochen Center for the Arts. Her collection PLAY DEAD is the 2017 Winner of the Lambda Literary Awards, 2017 Winner of the Publishing Triangle Award and a 2017 Nominee for 2017 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Poetry.
Phillip B. Williams is a Chicago, Illinois native and the author of the chapbooks BRUISED GOSPELS (Arts in Bloom Inc. 2011) and BURN (YesYes Books, 2013). He is a Cave Canem graduate and received scholarships from Bread Loaf Writers Conference and a 2013 Ruth Lilly Fellowship. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Anti-, Callaloo, Kenyon Review Online, Poetry, The Southern Review, West Branch and others. Phillip received his MFA in Writing as a Chancellor’s Graduate Fellow at the Washington University in St. Louis. He is the poetry editor of the online journal Vinyl Poetry. His collection THIEF IN THE INTERIOR is the 2017 Etching Press Whirling Prize Winner, the recipient of a 2017 Whiting Award for Poetry, 2017's Kate Tufts Discovery Award Winner, a 2017 Lambda Literary Awards Winner and was nominated for the 2017 NAACP Image Awards for Outstanding Literary Work in Poetry.
Iain Haley Pollock's second collection of poems, GHOST, LIKE A PLACE, is forthcoming from Alice James Books in November 2018. His debut collection, SPIT BACK A BOY, won the 2010 Cave Canem Poetry Prize. He teaches English at Rye Country Day School in Rye, NY, and is a member of the poetry faculty at the Solstice MFA program of Pine Manor College.