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Come on out to hear our 2019 Jane Underwood Poetry Prize winner and scholarship recipients read their poetry and prose! Emily Marciel and Mae Ramirez, our two scholarship recipients, will kick off the reading. John Sibley Williams, the Jane Underwood Poetry Prize winner, will close out the evening.
The reading will take place over Zoom. To attend the reading, please RSVP by 5pm on August 14. We will email the Zoom link to everyone who has RSVP'd.
Emily Marciel is a Bay Area Native. She decided to intentionally pursue writing during her final year of middle school, after her favorite English teacher spoke with her about her natural talent for creative writing and her potential to be a writer. In 2012, Emily graduated from CSU Channel Islands, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in English with a creative writing emphasis. She enjoys memoir writing and the challenge of creating a piece that allows readers to be fully immersed in a personal experience. Emily currently works as a Security Guard at 3 Crosses Church in Castro Valley.
Mae Ramirez is a Chicanx poet and mother originally from Los Angeles. She holds an MFA from California State University Long Beach and is currently working on her first full-length manuscript, Moonward Delirium. She has been awarded the Writing Salon Scholarship, the Gerald Locklin Writing Prize, and was a finalist in the 2018 Not a Cult Press Poetry competition. In 2020 she was named a Sustainable Arts Foundation Award recipient. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Frontier Poetry, The Acentos Review, and American Mustard. She resides in Albany, CA. maeramirez.com
John Sibley Williams is the author of As One Fire Consumes Another (Orison Poetry Prize, 2019), Skin Memory (Backwaters Prize, University of Nebraska Press, 2019), Summon (JuxtaProse Chapbook Prize, 2019), Disinheritance, and Controlled Hallucinations. A twenty-three-time Pushcart nominee, John is the winner of numerous literary awards, including the Wabash Prize for Poetry, Philip Booth Award, and Laux/Millar Prize. He serves as editor of The Inflectionist Review and teaches for Literary Arts. He also works as a poetry editor, writing coach, workshop leader, and literary agent. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Rivier University and an MA in Book Publishing from Portland State University. Visit him at https://www.johnsibleywilliams.com.