Join us in celebrating the launch of Todd Hawkins’ chapbook Ten Counties Away (Finishing Line Press, 2017). With readings from Todd, Ken Fontenot, and Judy Jensen.
Professional editor and amateur soccer coach Todd Hawkins writes and lives in Crowley, Texas. His poetry has appeared in AGNI, The Bitter Oleander, American Literary Review, Bayou Magazine, Modern Haiku, and elsewhere. In 2011, he won the Texas Poetry Calendar Award, judged by Cyrus Cassells. He holds an MA in Technical Communication, loves the blues, and nightly loses to his wife at Mortal Kombat while the kids sleep.
Ken Fontenot received an MA in German Language and Literature from the University of Texas at Austin. During the school year 1986-87 he was awarded a DAAD fellowship to study in Freiburg, Germany. Author of the novel For Mr. Raindrinker set in 1970s New Orleans and published by Slough Press, he also published three books of poems, the second of which won the Austin Book Award, the third In a Kingdom of Birds having won the 2013 Texas Institute of Letters award for best poetry book in Texas. His translations of contemporary poems from the German have appeared widely. A native New Orleanian, he lives and works in Austin, Texas.
Judy Jensen earned a MFA in creative writing from Vermont College and has received two Pushcart Prize nominations. Her poems have appeared in International Poetry Review, Borderlands, and other anthologies and journals. She was a co-founder of the KinCity reading series and is a co-founder of Float Press, letterpress printing on a 1908 Golding Jobber #6. You might know her from her long-time volunteer work at Poetry at Round Top or her supernatural ability to attract stray animals like Merle, a peacock.