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Simone Savannah: Like Kansas // Black Girl Magic

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Simone Savannah launches her new chapbook from Big Lucks, LIKE KANSAS. Savannah is also featured in BREAKBEAT POETS vol 2: BLACK GIRL MAGIC. Both books will be for sale & signing at the event.

Special guests: Mercedes Lucero & Alyse Bensel.


SIMONE SAVANNAH is the author of Like Kansas (Big Lucks 2018). She is a 2017 finalist for the Rita Dove Award in Poetry. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Big Lucks, GlitterMob, The Fem, Powder Keg, The Continental Review, and The Pierian. She holds a Phd in Creative Writing from the University of Kansas. She was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio.

MERCEDES LUCERO is the author of Stereometry (forthcoming from Another New Calligraphy) and the chapbook In the Garden of Broken Things ​(Flutter Press). She is the winner of the Langston Hughes Creative Writing Award for Poetry. Her poems, stories, book reviews, and essays have appeared in New Orleans Review, Puerto del Sol, Fourteen Hills, Curbside Splendor, Paper Darts, The Chicago Tribune's Printers Row Journal, The Pinch, Heavy Feather Review, and Whitefish Review among others. She is a Glimmer Train "Short Fiction Award" Finalist and has received several Pushcart Prize nominations. She helps curate the Big Tent Reading Series held in Lawrence, KS, serves as the Nonfiction Editor of Beecher's Magazine, and is a member of BLACK Lawrence, an arts collective that seeks to elevate the dialogue around the meaning of being a black artist and creating black art. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Northwestern University and is currently pursuing her PhD in English Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Kansas.

ALYSE BENSEL's recent poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Pleiades, New South, Puerto del Sol, South Dakota Review, Poetry International, and elsewhere. Her nonfiction has been featured at Entropy and Pithead Chapel. She is the author of two poetry chapbooks: Not of Their Own Making (dancing girl press, 2014) and Shift (Plan B Press, 2012). She serves as the Book Reviews Editor at The Los Angeles Review, a literary journal from Red Hen Press. Her reviews have appeared in Colorado Review, Prairie Schooner, Literary Mama, Newpages, and many other journals.

A PhD candidate in Literary Studies and Creative Writing at the University of Kansas, Alyse is a 2017-2018 Richard and Jeannette Sias Fellow in the Humanities.