Susan Sonde and Adam Lauver read from and perform their work. Includes open mic and literary trivia quiz.
Susan Sonde is an award-winning poet and short story writer. Her debut collection, In the Longboats with Others (New Rivers Press) won the Capricorn Book Award. The Chalk Line was a finalist in the National Poetry Series. In a busy 2019, The Arsonist (Main Street Rag) was released, Evenings at the Table of an Intoxicant was a finalist in the New Rivers New Voices contest, and The Last Insomniac, a chapbook, now working its way to a full collection, was a finalist for the James Tate Award. Individual poems have appeared in many prestigious journals such as the North American Review, the Southern Humanities Review, and New Letters. She has received a National Endowment Award in poetry, grants from the Maryland State Arts Council, and the Gordon Barber Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America.
Adam Lauver is an actor, comedian, and recovering PhD student. His work includes dialogic communication research and practice, social justice activism, and facilitating workshops in prisons and jails. In 2018 he coauthored a book chapter titled "The Big Worlds Swirled": Dialogue, Reciprocity, and Rigorous Critical Pedagogy in a Prison Classroom. His first book, an experimental play titled The Last Thing I'll Ever Write (Part One), was published by Plays Inverse Press in January 2019. He also wrote and stars in The Podney Dangercast, a 40-minute audio drama podcast about Rodney Dangerfield.