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What The Universe Is: Rob Arnold, Lisa Pegram, Robbie Gamble

July 8, 2021 @ 8:00 pm 9:00 pm EST

ROB ARNOLD is a Chamoru poet whose work has appeared in Ploughshares, Hyphen, Gettysburg Review, Poetry Northwest, RED INK, Yes Poetry, The Ocean State Review, Peripheries, and The Volta, among others. His poems have been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and have received support from the Somerville Arts Council, the Jack Straw Cultural Center, and Artist Trust. Rob has two decades of experience in literary publishing and related positions, most recently as an agent with Aevitas Creative Management and as events curator for Hugo House. Previously, he co-founded the online journal Memorious, and worked with Ploughshares, Fence, Beacon Press, PEN New England, The National Poetry Series, and Grid Books. He lives in Seattle, where he is writing a manuscript that explores indigeneity through violence and survival, divisions of self and fragmentations of family.

LISA PEGRAM, MFA (Poetry, June 2012), is a Washington, DC native writer, educator, literary publicist and acquisitions editor. Author of Cracked Calabash (Central Square Press) and winner of the DC Mayor’s Arts Award, her work has been published in anthologies by Random House and Black Classic Press, and magazines such as L’Officiel and Atlas Obscura. Lisa was DC WritersCorps program director for a decade and has over 20 years of experience in literary program design for such organizations as the Smithsonian Institute, Corcoran Gallery of Art and National Geographic. In 2018, she completed an Executive Certification in Arts & Culture Strategies from UPenn. She is currently based on the Caribbean island of St. Martin.

ROBBIE GAMBLE (Poetry/Nonfiction, January 2017/June 2020) (he/him) received an MFA in Creative Writing from Lesley University. His poems and essays have appeared in the Atlanta Review, Cutthroat, Poet Lore, RHINO, Rust + Moth, and Tahoma Literary Review, among others. He was the winner of the 2017 Carve Poetry prize, and was a 2019 Peter Taylor Fellow at the Kenyon Sumer Writers Workshop. Robbie is the Associate Poetry Editor at Solstice: A Magazine of Diverse Voices. He worked for many years as a nurse practitioner at Boston Healthcare for the Homeless Program, and now divides his time between Boston and Vermont.

Michael Mercurio

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