KGB: At The Inkwell

March 09, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

OMAR MUSA is a Malaysian-Australian author, rapper and poet from Queanbeyan, Australia. He is the former winner of the Australian Poetry Slam and the Indian Ocean Poetry Slam. He has released three hip hop albums, two poetry books (including “Parang”), appeared on ABC’s Q&A and received a standing ovation at TEDx Sydney at the Sydney Opera House. His debut novel “Here Come the Dogs” was published by Penguin Australia in 2014. “Here Come the Dogs” was long-listed for the International Dublin Literary Award and Miles Franklin Award and he was named one of the Sydney Morning Herald’s Young Novelists of the Year in 2015. He is currently working on a new album and a novel that is set in Malaysia and Indonesia.

JEN FITZGERALD is a poet, essayist, and a native New Yorker who received her MFA in Poetry at Lesley University.  She is the host of New Books in Poetry Podcast as part of the New Books Network, a member of New York Writers Workshop, and was a Bread Loaf 2014 Conference attendee. Her first collection of poetry, “The Art of Work” is forthcoming with Noemi Press in Spring 2016. Her work has been featured on PBS Newshour and Harriet: The Poetry Foundation Blog and in Tin House, Salon, PEN Anthology, and AAWW: Open City, among others. She is at work on her memoir.

CLAUDIA SEREA is a Romanian-born poet who immigrated to the U.S. in 1995. Her poems and translations have appeared in Field, New Letters, 5 a.m., Meridian, Word Riot, Apple Valley Review, and elsewhere. She is the author of Angels & Beasts (Phoenicia Publishing, Canada, 2012), A Dirt Road Hangs From the Sky (8th House Publishing, Canada, 2013), To Part Is to Die a Little (Cervena Barva Press, 2015), and Nothing Important Happened Today (Broadstone Books, 2016). Serea co-hosts The Williams Readings poetry series in Rutherford, NJ, and she is a founding editor of National Translation Month. More at

SANDEE GERTZ is a writer from Western Pennsylvania, now living in Nashville, and the author of The Pattern Maker’s Daughter, a poetry collection with Bottom Dog Press (2012). Her collection has been required reading at the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon, and she has published in numerous literary journals. She is currently shopping a memoir manuscript to agents as well as working on a novel.

LYNN LEVIN’s recent books include Miss Plastique, Poems for the Writing: Prompts for Poets, and a translation from the Spanish, Birds on the Kiswar Tree by Peruvian poet Odi Gonzales. The recipient of eleven Pushcart Prize nominations, Levin’s work has appeared in Ploughshares, Boulevard, The Hopkins Review, Verse Daily, and on Garrison Keillor’s The Writer’s Almanac. Her website is

KIMBERLY G. JACKSON is the author of Tesseract (Finishing Line Press, 2015).  Her poetry and flash fiction have appeared in journals including Rattle, Spillway, Literal Latte, Corium, Wild Violet, Kind Over Matter, and Mobius:  A Journal of Social Change, which nominated one of her poems for the Pushcart Prize.

CHRISTINA M. RAU is the author of WakeBreatheMove (Finishing Line Press, 2015) and For the Girls, I (Dancing Girl Press, 2014). She founded Poets in Nassau and has contributed poetry to The Ekphrastic Poster Show, The Living Poetry Project, and journals including The Main Street Rag and Parenthetical.

AMBER WEST is the author of Daughter Eraser (Finishing Line Press, 2015), the director of the Alphabet Arts artist collective, and the artistic director of the Puppets & Poets festival.  She has published in journals including Calyx, The Feminist Wire, and Furies: A Poetry Anthology of Women Warriors.