Upcoming Mongoose Versus Cobra Reading Series Information

MVSC is pleased to announce upcoming dates for the Mongoose Versus Cobra Reading Series.  The MVSC Reading Series is curated and hosted by Shafer Hall and Kristin Kostick.  The series has featured many great poets and writers over the last year, including but not limited to Nick Flynn, Sampson Starkweather, and Martha Serpas.

The MVSC Reading Series will continue every second Monday of the coming months, and it will feature such distinguished readers as Michael Snediker, Olga Mexina, Danniel Schoonebeek, Sam Mansfield, Shane Lake, Peter Hyland, Bridget Lowe, Phong Nguyen, Michelle Oakes, and others.

The reading series meets at 8PM every second Monday of the month.

October 14th welcomes Michael Snediker, Olga  Mexina, and Danniel Schoonebeek.

Danniel Schoonebeek’s first book of poems, American Barricade, will be published in 2014 by YesYes Books. A chapbook, Family Album, is forthcoming from Poor Claudia this fall. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Tin House, Boston Review, Fence, Guernica, Denver Quarterly, Gulf Coast, jubilat, BOMB, Verse Daily, Drunken Boat, and elsewhere. He writes a monthly column on poetry for The American Reader, hosts the Hatchet Job reading series in Brooklyn, and edits the PEN Poetry Series.

Michael D. Snediker is the author of The Apartment of Tragic Appliances (punctum books, 2013), and two chapbooks, Bourdon (White Rabbit Press) and Nervous Pastoral (dove|tail). He’s also the author of Queer Optimism: Lyric Personhood and Other Felicitous Persuasions (U.Minnesota, 2009, nominated for the Christian Gauss Award and the Alan Bray Book Prize) and Contingent Figure: Aesthetic Duress from Nathaniel Hawthorne to Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick (under contract, U.Minnesota). His poems have appeared in journals including Black Warrior Review, Court Green, Crazyhorse, jubilat, and Maggy. He’s an Associate Professor of American Literature at the University of Houston.

Originally from St. Petersburg, Russia, Olga Mexina was transported to New York City at the age of twelve.  She grew up in Brooklyn and received her BA from New York University. Olga spent a third of her life on airplanes between New York and Moscow. Currently she is a third-year MFA candidate in Poetry at the University of Houston, where she is a Teaching Fellow. Olga also teaches for WITS. Her work appeared in The Pedestal Magazine, Mad Hatter’s Review, Big Pulp and others.  Olga lives with her four-year-old daughter, Elsa.

Sam Mansfield (M.F.A., poetry) grew up in Peterborough, New Hampshire. He enjoys well-marinated tempeh, bike routes, and murder ballads. His work has appeared in Explosion-Proof magazine

Shane Lake was born and raised in Mattapoisett, MA. He left the Bay State for Pennsylvania, where he was a student in the creative writing program at Susquehanna University. In 2012 he received an MFA in poetry from Arizona State, and he is currently a doctoral student in Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Houston.

Peter B. Hyland holds a BFA in drawing and painting from the University of North Texas, and an MFA in poetry from the University of Houston Creative Writing Program. He is a director of development at the Menil Collection.

Phong Nguyen is the author of MEMORY SICKNESS AND OTHER STORIES (Elixir Press 2011) and PAGES FROM THE TEXTBOOK OF ALTERNATE HISTORY (Queen’s Ferry Press 2014). He is Associate Professor of English at the University of Central Missouri, where he edits the journalPLEIADES and the Unsung Masters book series, for which he edited the volume NANCY HALE: THE LIFE AND WORK OF A LOST AMERICAN MASTER.

Bridget Lowe is the author of the book of poetry At the Autopsy of Vaslav Nijinsky (Carnegie Mellon University Press, 2013). Her poems have appeared in American Poetry ReviewPloughsharesBest American PoetryBoston ReviewThe New Republic, Beloit Poetry Journal, andDenver Quarterly, among other publications. She is a graduate of Syracuse University’s MFA program, and has received a “Discovery”/Boston Review prize, the 2011 Rona Jaffe Foundation Fellowship to The MacDowell Colony, and a scholarship to attend the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. She lives in Kansas City.

Michelle Oakes is an MFA candidate at the University of Houston, and a poetry editor for Gulf Coast. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The Laurel Review, Rhino,and Inscape.

The Mongoose Versus Cobra Reading Series is curated and hosted by Kristin Kostick and Shafer Hall.

Kristin Kostick is a poet and medical anthropologist. She is the former curator of a long-running reading series at Real Art Ways in Hartford, Connecticut, and her poems have appeared in Forklift, Ohio, Open Letters, and a number of other journals. 

Shafer Hall is the proprietor of Mongoose versus Cobra. For five years he curated the Frequency Reading Series in New York City, he is a senior editor for Painted Bride Quarterly and Lungfull! magazine. Never Cry Woof, his full-length collection of poetry, was published in 2005 by No Tell Books.  His poems have appeared in the Indiana Review, jubilat, and many other journals.

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