KGB: Monday Night Poetry - William Wenthe + Jill Allyn Rosser + Martin Rock

March 13, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

J. Allyn Rosser’s fourth collection of poems, Mimi’s Trapeze, appeared in 2014 from the University of Pittsburgh Press.  Her work has been awarded the Morse Prize, the New Criterion Poetry Prize, and Poetry magazine’s Bock and Wood prizes. She has been the recipient of fellowships from the Lannan Foundation, the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Ohio Arts Council. Her work has appeared in four editions of the Best American Poetry series, and in such journals as Poetry, The Atlantic, The Paris Review, The Kenyon Review, and The Georgia Review.  She teaches at Ohio University, where she also served as the Editor of New Ohio Review for the past eight years. 

William Wenthe’s fourth book of poems is God’s Foolishness, published by LSU Press in 2016.  He has received poetry fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Texas Commission on the Arts, and two Pushcart Prizes.  His poems have appeared in Poetry, The Paris Review, The Georgia Review, TriQuarterly, Ninth Letter, The Southern Review, Shenandoah, Open City, Tin House; and other journals and anthologies.  Critical essays on the craft of poetry have appeared in The Yale Review, Kenyon Review, American Poetry Review, and others.  Born and raised in New Jersey, he received a Ph.D. in English from the University of Virginia; and now teaches creative writing and modern poetry at Texas Tech University.

Martin Rock is the author of Residuum (2015 Editor’s Choice Award, Cleveland State University Poetry Center), as well as the chapbooks Dear Mark (Brooklyn Arts Press, 2013) and Fish, You Bird (Pilot, 2010, co-written with Phillip D. Ischy). With Kevin Prufer and Martha Collins, he co-edited the Unsung Masters volume, Catherine Breese Davis: On the Life and Work of an American Master. His poems have appeared in the Academy of American Poets’ “Poem-a-Day,” Missouri Review’s “Poem of the Week,” AGNI, Best New Poets 2012, Black Warrior Review, Conduit, DIAGRAM, and other journals. He has taught writing at New York University, Berkeley College, Jackson Hole Writers Conference and University of Houston’s Boldface Writers’ Conference. Martin lives in Oakland and is a member of the Poetry Society of America’s Bay Area Advisory Board. His website is