KGB: Stonecoast MFA reading

January 04, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Jeanne Marie Beaumont is the author of Letters from Limbo (CavanKerry Press, 2016), Burning of the Three Fires (BOA Editions, 2010), a finalist for the Writers’ League of Texas Book Award, Curious Conduct (BOA Editions, 2004), and Placebo Effects, selected by William Matthews as a National Poetry Series winner (Norton, 1997). She is coeditor of The Poets’ Grimm: 20th Century Poems from Grimm Fairy Tales. Her poems have been published in numerous anthologies and magazines including Good Poems for Hard Times, Harvard Review, The Manhattan Review, The Nation, Ploughshares, Poetry Daily, The Year’s Best Fantasy & Horror 2007, and many others. She won the 2009 Dana Award for Poetry. She currently teaches at the Unterberg Poetry Center of the 92nd St. Y and in the Stonecoast low-residency MFA program at the University of Southern Maine. Since 1983, she has made her home in Manhattan.

Elizabeth Searle has a new novel, We Got Him (New Rivers Press), and four prior books: My Body to You (winner of the Iowa Short Fiction Prize), A Four-Sided Bed (in development as a feature film), Celebrities in Disgrace (produced as a short film) and Girl Held in Home.  Her theater work Tonya & Nancy: the Rock Opera—based on the Harding/Kerrigan ice skating scandal-- has drawn national and international media and has run at the New York Musical Theater Festival in NYC in 2015 as well as in Boston and Chicago (2016).  Her one-act play Stolen Girl Song has been performed in ME and MA.  Her fiction has appeared in over thirty magazines such as AGNI, Ploughshares and Kenyan Review and in over a dozen anthologies.  Elizabeth teaches Fiction, Pop Fiction and Scriptwriting at Stonecoast MFA.  Elizabeth’s website:

Breena Clarke is the author three novels, most recently completed, Angels Make Their Hope Here, set in an imagined mixed-race community in 19th century New Jersey. Breena’s debut novel, River, Cross My Heart (1999) was an Oprah Book Club selection. Her critically reviewed second novel, Stand The Storm, is set in mid-19th century Washington, D.C. Breena Clarke is a member of the board of A Room Of Her Own Foundation; is a member of the fiction faculty of The Stonecoast MFA Creative Writing program at The University of Southern Maine; and is co-organizer of The Hobart Book Village Festival of Women Writers.