Live Prose and Poetry: PANK Magazine Invades New Orleans
Event: Nov 18, 2011
7:00pm - 9:00pm


Room 220 is pleased to host a group of writers brought to New Orleans by PANK Magazine at 7 p.m., on Friday, Nov. 18, at the Antenna Gallery.

PANK is an literary undertaking that includes periodicals both print and online, as well as a chapbook imprint. Its editors occasionally muster PANK‘s national network of writers and friends to stage “invasion” events in select cities. Past invasions have occurred in Chicago, Brooklyn, Denver, Washington, D.C., and San Francisco.

For its first New Orleans invasion, PANK is bringing writers from throughout the city, region, and country to the Antenna Gallery. Check out the Facebook event page.

A bit about the writers:

Claire Burgess hails from Birmingham, Alabama, where she was many things: a writing tutor, a library clerk, a house-sitter, a frozen yogurt swirler, a writer of magazine articles on linguistics and lost Native American tribes and MRI machines. Now she lives in Nashville, Tennessee, where she just finished her MFA in creative writing at Vanderbilt University and is a fiction editor at Nashville Review. She has been the recipient of the Hackney Literary Award and was a finalist in Redivider’s 2010 Quickie contest.

Antonia Crane is a writer from Los Angeles who earns her keep pole dancing in New Orleans. Her nonfiction has appeared or is forthcoming in Black Clock, SLAKE, Word Riot, PANK, The Rumpus, and other places. She interns at ZYZZYVA, volunteers at Write Girl and edits The Citron Review. She wrote a memoir about the sex industry and her mother’s illness called SPENT.

Tessa Fountaine grew up among Redwood trees and hippies in Woodacre, California, and now lives in Tuscaloosa, Alabama with kudzu, feral cats, and railroad tracks. She’s the nonfiction editor of Black Warrior Review. Her work can be found in Creative Nonfiction, The Normal School, Brevity, and a chapbook entitled “My Poems” she stapled together in the fourth grade.

Michael Glaviano will have a BA from LSU once some paperwork gets sorted out. His work has appeared in Whiskey Island, Everyday Genius, and Verse Daily. He lives in New Orleans.
Anya Groner‘s writing has appeared or is forthcoming in journals including Ninth Letter, Juked, The Rumpus, and Storysouth. She received her MFA in fiction from the University of Mississippi where she was a John and Renee Grisham fellow. She currently lives New Orleans.
Jenn Marie Nunes holds an MFA from LSU. Her poetry and fiction have appeared in such journals as spork, Drupe Fruits, Monkeybicyle, Alice Blue Review, elimae and the Sonora Review. She is a member of New Orleans. Some say she has pretty eyes. She is author of the chapbook Strip.
Robbi Pounds is author of the memoir/nonfiction novel Rubble Fever. She is an instructor of English at Xavier University and has impressive marks at She lives in New Orleans.
J.R. Ramakrishnan’s journalism has appeared in the Chicago Tribune, Harper’s Bazaar and, amongst other publications. Her first made-up story was recently published in PANK. She lives in New Orleans.
M. Bartley Seigel (Matt) is Assistant Professor of Creative Writing & Diverse Literatures at Michigan Tech and is founding editor of PANK. He is the author of the poetry collection This Is What They Say, forthcoming from Typecast Publishing. His writing has appeared in or is forthcoming from The Lumberyard Magazine, secretjournalmagazine, H_NGM_N, Michigan Quarterly Review, Forklift, Ohio, Monkeybicycle, Wheelhouse, DIAGRAM, and elsewhere. He lives in Houghton, Michigan, with his family.
Michael Shea‘s work has previously appeared or is forthcoming in Ninth Letter, RATTLE, Salt Hill, and elsewhere. He is currently an MFA candidate at the University of Mississippi, where he is the recipient of the John and Renée Grisham Fellowship in poetry.
Gary Sheppard lives in Oxford, Mississippi where he edits The Yalobusha Review. His writing can be found in recent or upcoming issues of New York Tyrant, Word Riot and Everyday Genius.
Bradley Warshauer is a writer from New Orleans and South Mississippi and also New York.
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