Tim Tomlinson is the author of two books of poetry, Yolanda: An Oral History in Verse (a chapbook in the voices of survivors of super-typhoon Yolanda in the Philippines), and Requiem for the Tree Fort I Set on Fire, a collection suffused with “a Whitmanesque sense of acceptance and openness as well as an ultimate skepticism” (American Book Review). His most recent book, the story collection This Is Not Happening to You, has been likened to “licking something sharp from a very sharp knife” (TEXT). His work has been published in Australia, China, India, the Philippines, Singapore, and in numerous US venues. Forthcoming work will appear in anthologies dedicated to the Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds, and to stories by Italian-American writers. Tomlinson is a co-founder of New York Writers Workshop, and a professor in New York University’s Global Liberal Studies. Originally from Suffolk County, Long Island, he now lives in Brooklyn.
Pat Falk is Professor Emeritus at SUNY Nassau. She’s the author of In the Shape of a Woman, Crazy Jane and the forthcoming A Common Violence; the literary memoir, It Happens As We Speak: A Feminist Poetics; and her edited anthology Sightings: Poems on Discovery. The American Book Review calls her writing “visionary” and “uplifting,” saying she has created “a new language.” Wheelhouse calls her “a truly unique and honest voice in American poetry.” Her work has appeared in The New York Times Book Review, Thirteenth Moon, The Mickle Street Review, and Women Artists News. Her research and activism concern human rights, global ecology, and the integrity of all life in industrial and institutional settings. She's received awards from Creative Non-Fiction, National League of American Pen Women, The National Writer's Voice Project, Many Mountains Moving, Black Bear Review, and the Pushcart Press, among others. Originally from Queens, she lives on the south shore of Long Island.
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About the conveners: Dr. Carmen Bugan is an award-winning memoirist, poet, and critic whose work has received international praise. Her books are: Crossing the Carpathians, The House of Straw, Releasing the Porcelain Birds: Poems after Surveillance, Burying the Typewriter: Childhood Under the Eye of the Secret Police, and Seamus Heaney and East European Poetry in Translation: Poetics of Exile. Pramila Venkateswaran, poet laureate of Suffolk County 2013-15, is the author of Thirtha, Behind Dark Waters, and most recently, The Singer of Alleppey. She teaches at SUNY Nassau.