Thumbnail image with text- In Print XV Festival of First Books
Start: March 18, 2020 7:30 p.m.
End: March 18, 2020 9 p.m.
Location: Art and Journalism Building, Room 175

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Sean Lovelace
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This year's festival features poet Jake Skeets, fiction writer Hadley Moore, creative nonfiction writer Noam Dorr, and editor/publisher Eric Obenauf

This event is free and open to the public.

Jake Skeets is Black Streak Wood, born for Water’s Edge. He is Diné from Vanderwagen, New Mexico. He is the author of Eyes Bottle Dark with a Mouthful of Flowers, a National Poetry Series-winning collection of poems. He holds an MFA in poetry from the Institute of American Indian Arts. Skeets is a winner of the 2018 Discovery/Boston Review Poetry Contest and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Skeets edits an online publication called Cloudthroat and organizes a poetry salon and reading series called Pollentongue, based in the Southwest. He is a member of Saad Bee Hózhǫ́: A Diné Writers’ Collective and currently teaches at Diné College in Tsaile, Arizona.

Noam Dorr is the author of Love Drones (Sarabande Books), which was recently featured in Poets & Writers Magazine as one of the best debut nonfiction books of 2019. His work has appeared in Gulf Coast, Seneca Review, Passages North, and other places. His essay, "Love Drones," won the Gulf Coast Essay Prize and was a notable essay in the Best American Essays 2016. Born and raised in Kibbutz Givat Haim, Israel, he is a former Fulbright scholar and received his MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Arizona. Dorr is currently a doctoral candidate in the Literature and Creative Writing Ph.D. program at the University of Utah and the International Essayists Columnist at Essay Daily.

Hadley Moore's collection Not Dead Yet and Other Stories won Autumn House Press’s 2018 fiction contest and was published in September 2019. Her fiction has appeared in McSweeney's, Witness, Amazon’s Day One, the Alaska Quarterly Review, the revived december, the Indiana Review, Midwestern Gothic, and elsewhere. She is at work on a novel and another collection, and is an alum of the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College. She lives near Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Eric Obenauf founded the publishing company Two Dollar Radio with his wife, Eliza. Their publications have been honored by the National Book Foundation, named Notable Books at the New York Times, finalists for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and placed on best-of-year lists at O, The Oprah Magazine, the Washington PostNPR, and others. He was included in Publishers Weekly‘s ’50 Under 40’ list, and was a finalist in the magazine’s 2016 “Star Watch” program. Two Dollar Radio runs The Flyover Fest, a multidisciplinary festival featuring artists working in music, literature, and film over the course of 4 days in Columbus, Ohio, and in 2017 opened a bookstore/bar/plant-based cafe and event space called Two Dollar Radio Headquarters.

Event Contact: Sean Lovelace, salovelace@bsu.edu