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Mia Leonin is the author of four poetry collections: Fable of the Pack-Saddle Child (BkMk Press), Braid, Unraveling the Bed, and Chance Born (Anhinga Press), and a memoir, Havana and Other Missing Fathers (University of Arizona Press). Leonin has published poetry and creative nonfiction in New Letters, Prairie Schooner, Alaska Quarterly Review, Indiana Review, Witness, North American Review, River Styx, Chelsea, and others. She teaches creative writing at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida.

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Gustavo Adolfo Aybar is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Kansas City where he received his MA in Romance Languages & Literature. His chapbook is Between Line Breaks from Spartan Press and his first full-length collection is We Seek Asylum. He was the 2016 Grand Prize Winner for Poetry from Willow Books, and in 2017 Willow Books awarded him the 2017 Recipient of the Willow Books Emerging Writer Fund. Aybar is a Cave Canem and Artist Inc.  and also translated work by Mexican author/playwright Glafira Rocha; some can be found in Asymptote, EZRA and in InTranslation journals.


Max McBride is a Durwood Fellow and third year candidate in the MFA Creative Writing program at UMKC. In addition to his own work, he is a translator of Russian and Spanish literature. His poetry has most recently been featured in New Letters.

Earlier Event: September 18
Later Event: September 24
The Writers Place Open Mic Night