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Friday, May 1 • 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Reading: Jill McDonough, Lloyd Schwartz & Their UMass Boston MFA Students *Student Track* LIMITED

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Jill McDonough and Lloyd Schwartz will read with a handful of students from the MFA program at Umass Boston, where they both teach.


Lewis Feuer

Lewis Feuer is a MFA candidate at UMass Boston. His essay [Listening] was recently published by Harvard’s Woodberry Poetry Room as part of their Catalyst series. His work has also appeared in or is forthcoming from NO INFINITE a Journal of Art, Poetry & Protest. He teachings Creative Writing at UMB, and serves on the organizing committee for the Graduate Employee Organization UAW Local 1596.

Joshua Jones

Joshua Jones, originally from the Shenandoah Valley, is a candidate for the MFA in creative writing at UMass Boston. He has poems published in or forthcoming from Fourteen Hills, Coldnoon: Travel Poetics, and The Mayo Review. He lives in Dorchester with his wonderfully nerdy wife Lesleigh and their miniature dachshund Guinivere.
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Jill McDonough

Lannan Fellowship and three-time Pushcart prize winner, Jill McDonough’s books of poems include Habeas Corpus (Salt, 2008), Oh, James! (Seven Kitchens, 2012), and Where You Live (Salt, 2012). The recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Fine Arts Work Center, the New York Public Library, the Library of Congress, and Stanford’s Stegner program, she taught incarcerated college students through Boston University’s... Read More →
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Lloyd Schwartz

Frederick S. Troy Professor of English, University of Massachusetts Boston
Lloyd Schwartz is Frederick S. Troy Professor of English at the University of Massachusetts Boston and teaches in the MFA program. He is a commentator on music and the arts for National Public Radio's Fresh Air, Senior Editor of Classical Music for New York Arts, and Contributing Arts Critic for WBUR’s The ARTery. For 35 years he was the Classical Music Editor of The Boston Phoenix, for which he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism... Read More →
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Lori Zimmermann

Lori Zimmermann is an MFA candidate in poetry at UMass Boston. She writes poems about apocalypses and the telegraph. She is also the Tumblr Editor for small publisher/guerrilla art project Broadsided Press. When she is not clacking away at her typewriter or laptop, she enjoys spinsterly hobbies like knitting and talking about her cat. Publication credits include poems in Broad!, Window Cat Press, and Paragraph magazine.

Friday May 1, 2015 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Old Town Hall, 2nd floor