June 14th, 2017: Steven Reigns, Collin Kelley & Julie E. Bloemeke

Steven Reigns

Steven ReignsReigns was the inaugural City Poet Laureate for West Hollywood (2014-2016) and is the creator of The Gay Rub, a collaborative project showcasing a collection of 100 rubbings from important markers of LGBTQ history. His debut poetry collection was published in 2001 and he has since published six chapbooks. Reigns organized and taught the first-ever autobiographical poetry workshop for LGBT seniors and edited an anthology of their writings, “My Life is Poetry.” His latest poetry collection is “Inheritance,” published by Sibling Rivalry Press. www.stevenreigns.com

Collin Kelley

Collin KelleyCollin Kelley is the author of the American Library Association-honored poetry collection Render (Sibling Rivalry Press) and Better To Travel (Poetry Atlanta Press). Sibling Rivalry Press is also the publisher of his acclaimed Venus Trilogy of novels, Conquering Venus, Remain In Light and Leaving Paris. A recipient of the Georgia Author of the Year Award, Deep South Festival of Writers Award and Goodreads Poetry Award, Kelley’s poetry, reviews, essays and interviews have appeared in magazines, journals and anthologies around the world. www.collinkelley.com

Julie E. Bloemeke

Julie E. Bloemeke’s poetry manuscript, Slide to Unlock, was chosen as a 2016 finalist for the May Swenson Poetry Award. Her manuscript has also placed as a recent semifinalist in six other book prizes. A graduate of the Bennington Writing Seminars and a 2016 fellow at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, her work has appeared or is forthcoming in various publications including Gulf Coast, Chautauqua Literary Journal, Poet Lore, Crab Orchard Review, White Stag, Four Chambers, and Bridge Eight among others. In 2015 she won the ekphrastic poetry competition at the Toledo Museum of Art where her work was on view with the Claude Monet collection. She recently served as the inaugural poetry director for the Milton Literary Festival in Georgia.Julie E. Bloemeke