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IBD Reading! Tim Fitts, John Wall Barger, and Emily Abendroth

Penn Book Center
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Join us on April 28th, Independent Bookstore Day,
at 3 pm
for a reading by

Tim Fitts, John Wall Barger, and Emily Abendroth

Tim Fitts is the author of two short story collections: Hypothermia (MadHat Press) an Go Home and Cry for Yourselves (Xavier Review Press), and his novel, The Soju Club, was published by Loupe in 2016 as a Korean translation. His stories have been published by Granta, The Gettysburg Review, Shenandoah, among others. He is on the editorial staff of the Painted Bride Quarter and is a frequent guest on the Painted Bride Quarterly’s podcast, SLUSH PILE. Tim Fitts is the founder of the Philly Homebrew Reading Series and currently teaches in the Liberal Arts Department of the Curtis Institute of Music.

John Wall Barger’s poems have appeared in The Cincinnati Review, Rattle, The Awl, Subtropics, and Hotel Amerika. His third collection, The Book of Festus (Palimpsest), was a finalist for the 2016 JM Abraham Poetry Award. His poem, “Smog Mother,” was co-winner of the Malahat Review’s 2017 Long Poem Prize.

Emily Abendroth is a poet, teacher and anti-prison activist. Much of her creative work investigates state regimes of force and power, as well as individual and collective resistance strategies. Her books include ]Exclosures[ from Ahsahta Press and The Instead, a collaboration with fiction writer Miranda Mellis, from Carville Annex. Her works are often published in limited edition, handcrafted chapbooks by small and micropresses such as Belladonna, Horse Less Press, Little Red Leaves, Albion Press, and Zumbar. She has been awarded residencies at the MacDowell Colony, the Millay Colony and the Headlands Center for the Arts, and was named a 2013 Pew Fellow in Poetry. She is an active organizer with the Coalition to Abolish Death By Incarceration (a grassroots campaign working to end life without parole sentencing in Pennsylvania) and is co-founder of Address This! (an education and empowerment project that provides innovative, social justice correspondence courses to individuals incarcerated in Pennsylvania) as well as the media project LifeLines: Voices Against the Other Death Penalty.