FEATURED READER BIOGRAPHIES (no. 2)

GHOSTS & PROJECTOR’s May 12th reading will feature the following fierce poets (!!) (If these bios don’t convince  you to join us, I don’t know what will!)

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Through dynamic, riveting work on page and in performance, Kristen Smith’s work explores the intersection of feminine identity, humor, and survival. Suffused with imagery from pop culture, Smith’s poems send up the basic assumptions of our time while simultaneously narrating deeper personal truths. Smith transplanted herself from Denver to Boise in 2007 in order to pursue a degree in creative writing from Boise State University. Soon after her arrival, she won her way to the 2008 Boise Poetry Slam team and competed at the National Poetry Slam in Madison, WI. Since then she has also represented Boise at the 2009 National Poetry Slam and had her work featured as part of the 2009 Individual Poetry Slam Finals Showcase of Champions. Smith has performed and facilitated workshops at schools and venues throughout the Treasure Valley.

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Julie Strand writes poems. Currently, these poems weave around an obstacle course of unmanageable females, extraterrestrial marraige and sheep that eat their shepherds. Her poetics is a tangle of science-fiction, feminism, longing and the concrete.  Julie is in the MFA in Creative Writing program at Boise State University and works at The Cabin. She is the former Education Coordinator at Woodland Pattern Book Center, a literary center in Milwaukee, WI. Julie is the author of the chapbook The Mae West Defense, (Dancing Girl Press, 2009). Her poetry has appeared in Caffeine Destiny, FOURSQUARE, Wicked Alice, Arsenic Lobster, WOMB Poetry, Boo: A Journal of Terrific Things, Weave Magazine, Cant Journal, Delirious Hem’s 2010 Advent Calendar, O Sweet Flowery Roses, and others.
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Diane Raptosh teaches literature and creative writing at the College of Idaho. The recipient of three fellowships in literature through the Idaho Commission on the Arts, she has published three collections of poems, Just West of Now (Guernica Editions, 1992), Labor Songs (Guernica, 1999), and Parents from a Different Alphabet: Prose Poems (Guernica, 2008). She has also published widely in journals and anthologies. She lives in Boise with her family.

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