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Writers Place Reading Series presents David Baker, Kathryn Nuernberger, Tera Swearngin, and Leslie Ullman

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David Baker is author of sixteen books of poems and prose about poetry, most recently Scavenger Loop (poems, W. W. Norton, 2015) and Show Me Your Environment (essays, Michigan, 2014).  His Never-Ending Birds was the Theodore Roethke Memorial Poetry Prize, and his work lately appears in American Poetry Review, The Atlantic, The Nation, The New Yorker, Poetry, Slate, The Yale Review, and elsewhere.  He’s a native Missourian and lives now in Granville, Ohio.  He teaches at Denison University, the MFA program at Warren Wilson College, and serves as Poetry Editor of The Kenyon Review.

Leslie Ullman is the author of four poetry collections, most recently Progress on the Subject of Immensity, released in 2013 from University of New Mexico Press. Her awards include the Yale Series of Younger Poets Award, the Iowa Poetry Prize, and two NEA fellowships. Progress on the Subject of Immensity won a 2014 New Mexico/Arizona Book Award in Poetry. Now Professor Emerita from University of Texas-El Paso, where she founded and directed the Bilingual MFA Program, she currently teaches in the MFA Program at Vermont College of the Fine Arts. She also does freelance manuscript consultantations and, in the winters, teaches skiing at Taos Ski Valley. In addition to poems, she has published craft essays in several magazines, including Numero Cinq and The Writer’s Chronicle, and links to some of these can be accessed through her website,   

Kathryn Nuernberger is the author of Rag & Bone, a collection of poems that won the Elixir Press prize. More recent poems and lyric essays have appeared in Green Mountains Review, Indiana Review, Prairie Schooner, West Branch, and a number of other journals. Much of her writing is inspired by strange science and quirky history, and she has received research fellowships from the American Antiquarian Society and the Bakken Musuem of Electricity in Life. She teaches creative writing at the University of Central Missouri, where she also serves as the Director of Pleiades Press.  She has a new book forthcoming from BOA in 2016.  

 Tera Swearngin is a senior at the University of Central Missouri. She’s an editor for Arcade Magazine, the student-run literary magazine on campus. Her review of Katie Bickham's poetry collection, The Belle Mar recently appeared in The Chattahoochee Review. Several poems and a story have been published in Arcade. Her first poem was published when she was in the sixth grade, and she wishes she could go back and revise it.