Join us for a reading with poets Nathan Brown and Jena Kirkpatrick. Nathan will also provide us with some musical entertainment!
Nathan Brown is a songwriter, photographer, and award-winning poet from Norman, Oklahoma. He is also serving as the current Poet Laureate of the State of Oklahoma for 2013 to 2014. He holds an interdisciplinary PhD in English and Journalism but mostly travels now, performing readings and concerts, as well as leading workshops and speaking in high schools, universities, libraries, and community organizations on creativity, creative writing, and the need for readers to not give up on poetry. He has published nine books. Less Is More, More or Less just came out. And Karma Crisis: New and Selected Poems, released last summer, was a finalist for the 2013 Paterson Poetry Prize and the Oklahoma Book Award. A previous book, Two Tables Over, won the 2009 Oklahoma Book Award. He has two Pushcart Prize nominations, and his CD, Gypsy Moon, came out in 2011.
Jena Kirkpatrick, Poet for Hire, is editor of the poetry anthology Writing for Positive Change, for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Texas. She is co-editor of the diverse-city Youth Anthology for the Austin International Poetry Festival. Jena is an artist instructor for Badgerdog Literary Publishing through the Friends of Austin Public Libraries and in Boys and Girls Club locations throughout central Texas. Jena tours nationally, opening for musicians and leading creative writing workshops as a member of the Trio of Poets who just released their first self-titled CD. Jena writes Poems on the Spot on her antique typewriter at local farmers markets and events. Jena was recently a featured artist in Poets and Writers, the Daily Texan and the Austin American Statesman. Over the last two decades, Jena has self-published seven books; co-written, directed and produced three multi-media performance art shows; competed in two National Poetry Slam competitions; and released her first poetry and music compilation CD, Dangerous Snakes. Any weekend it’s warm here in Texas, Jena can be found surfing behind a speedboat on Canyon Lake.