Chin Music: The Pacific Standard Poetry Reading Series
Featuring Nick Laird, Jason Myers, and Austin LaGrone
Thursday, February 26th, 2009 @ 7:00 PM
Please join us for the next evening of Chin Music, the Pacific Standard Poetry Reading Series. On February 26th we are excited to present three poets: Nick Laird, Jason Myers, and Austin LaGrone. Series curated by Colin Cheney. Other writers to be featured in Chin Music this season include Sophie Cabot Black, Major Jackson, James Hoch, Anna Journey, Rebecca Keith, Cecily Parks and David Baker.
Born in Co. Tyrone, Northern Ireland in 1975, Nick Laird has received many awards for his fiction and poetry, including the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature, the Ireland Chair of Poetry Award and the Betty Trask Prize. His most recent collection, ON PURPOSE, published by W.W. Norton in 2008, received a Somerset Maugham award and the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize. His new novel, GLOVER’S MISTAKE, will be published by Viking Penguin in August.
Jason Myers was born in a small town. He has nothing against a big town. He went to Bennington College in Vermont where he was named Catherine Osgood Foster Scholar by poet Mary Oliver. This fall he will become a Master of Divinity student at the Candler School of Theology at Emory University. His writing has appeared in Agni, Euphony, The Paris Review, Poet Lore, Tin House, and West Branch. He lives in Atlanta, Georgia.
Born and raised in Louisiana, Austin LaGrone put himself through school bolting four hundred and fifty transmissions a day to Chevy S-10 engine blocks. He hiked the Annapurna Circuit in flip-flops before earning his master's degree in Liberal Arts at St. John's College in Annapolis. His poems have recently appeared in Brilliant Corners. He currently lives in Brooklyn and is pursuing an M.F.A. in Creative Writing at New York University.