The Red Earth MFA program at Oklahoma City University will host two free, public literary readings in July as part of its summer residency.
Nationally recognized writers and Red Earth faculty members will give a reading at the Edmond Public Library at 6:30 p.m. July 16. The residency’s two visiting writers will give a reading at 7 p.m. July 18 at OCU in the University Center Great Hall.
Books will be available for purchase and signing at both events.
The writers at the Edmond reading will include Allison Amend, author of “A Nearly Perfect Copy;” Lou Berney, author of “Whiplash River;” Kerry Cohen, author of “Seeing Ezra: A Mother's Story of Autism, Unconditional Love, and the Meaning of Normal;” Quraysh Ali Lansana, author of “mystic turf;” Kat Meads, author of “For You, Madam Lenin;” and Jeanetta Calhoun Mish, author of “Work Is Love Made Visible.”
The Edmond Public Library is located at 10 S. Boulevard.
More information on The Red Earth MFA faculty and their publications is available on the program's website at www.okcu.edu/english/redearthmfa.
The readings at the OCU session will include the two visiting writers for the summer residency — Dawn Lundy Martin and Margo Rabb.
Martin's first full-length collection, “A Gathering of Matter / A Matter of Gathering,” was selected by Carl Phillips for the 2007 Cave Canem Poetry Prize. Her second collection, “Discipline,” won the 2009 Nightboat Books Poetry Prize. Martin also co-edited “The Fire This Time: Young Activists and the New Feminism,” a book that describes and theorizes current activist work in the U.S. She is the co-founder of the Third Wave Foundation, an organization designed to “articulate a feminism appropriate to changing culture,” and she is a founding member of the Black Took Collective, an experimental performance art/poetry group. Martin currently teaches at the University of Pittsburgh.
Rabb is the author of “Cures for Heartbreak,” which was named a Best Book of 2007 by both Booklist and Kirkus. As M.E. Rabb, she published four titles in the Missing Persons YA series: “The Rose Queen,” “The Chocolate Lover,” “The Venetian Policeman” and “The Unsuspecting Gourmet.” Rabb's stories have been published in The Atlantic Monthly, Zoetrope: All Story, Seventeen, Best New American Voices, New Stories from the South, New England Review, One Story and others. They have also been broadcast on National Public Radio. One of her most recent essays, “Intensive Care,” appeared in March 2013 in The New York Times. She received the grand prize in the Zoetrope short story contest, first prize in The Atlantic Monthly fiction contest, first prize in the American Fiction contest, and a PEN Syndicated Fiction Project Award.
The Red Earth MFA is a low-residency creative-writing program. Students and faculty meet for 10-day residencies twice a year, then students complete their semesters at home and send their writing and other coursework to their faculty mentor.