After Hours Poetry Hour

An Evening of Poetry with Hanna Andrews, Christine Bettis, Marty Cain, Mark Cirino, Vi Khi Nao and Michael Martin Shea

Hanna Andrews is a native New Yorker, co-founder of Switchback Books, and the author of Slope Move (Coconut Books, 2013). She is currently finishing a second book of poems. Her work can be found in journals including Interim, Everyday Genius, Caketrain, CutBank, DIAGRAM, and elsewhere. She lives in Las Vegas, Nevada where she is a doctoral candidate and Black Mountain Institute Fellow in Poetry.

Christine Bettis's chapbook Burnout Paradise, was published by Horse Less Press in 2016. She has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and Sundress Publications Best of the Net Anthology. Her work has been published in Action Yes, Prelude, Storm Cellar, Public Pool, and Helen. She was a finalist for the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival Poetry Prize. She is from Detroit and will graduate this semester from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas MFA program. In fact she is defending her thesis tomorrow, April 5th, yikes.

Marty Cain is the author of Kids of the Black Hole (Trembling Pillow Press, 2017). His work has appeared or will appear in Fence, Action Yes, Jacket2, Gigantic Sequins, The Pinch, and Tarpaulin Sky. He received an MFA from the University of Mississippi and presently lives in Ithaca, New York, where he is pursuing a PhD in English Language and Literature at Cornell University. With the poet Kina Viola, he runs Garden-Door Press.

Mark Cirino received his PhD at the Graduate Center-CUNY. He is the co-editor of Ernest Hemingway and the Geography of Memory and is the author of Ernest Hemingway: Thought in Action. He serves as the General Editor for Kent State University Press’s ‘Reading Hemingway’ series, for which he wrote the 2016 volume on Across the River and into the Trees.

Vi Khi Nao was born in Long Khánh, Vietnam. Vi’s work includes poetry, fiction, film and cross-genre collaboration. Her poetry collection, The Old Philosopher, was the winner of 2014 Nightboat Poetry Prize and is a finalist for a 2017 Lambda Literary Award. Her novel, Fish In Exile, was published in 2016 by Coffee House Press. She holds an MFA in fiction from Brown University.

Michael Martin Shea is the author of the chapbooks "Soon" (Garden-Door Press) and The Immanent Field (Essay Press), and the managing editor of the Best American Experimental Writing anthology series. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Conjunctions, Fence, jubilat, PEN Poetry Series, Pleiades, Realpoetik, and elsewhere. He teaches world history here in Las Vegas.