Episode 2.5: Scene Reports Feat. Poets Yolonda J. Franklin and Jason Carney

This week's microcast features a pair of scene reports from the Mid-South Book Festival in Memphis and The Union Square Slam in New York City with poetry by Yolonda J. Franklin and Jason Carney. We also preview next week's episode with Sundress Academy for the Arts founder Erin Elizabeth Smith.

About the Guests:

Yolanda J. Franklin's work is forthcoming or has appeared in African American Review, Kweli, PMS:poemmemoirstory, Sugar House Review, Crab Orchard Review's American South Issue, The Hoot & Howl of the Owl Anthology of Hurston Wright Writers' Week, SPECS: Journal of Arts & Culture's Kaleidoscopic Points Issue. Her awards include a 2012 Cave Canem fellowship, the 2013 Kingsbury Award, and several scholarships, including a summer at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Indiana Writer's Week, and Colrain Poetry Manuscript Workshop. Her collection of poems, Ruined Nylons, was a finalist for the 2013 Crab Orchard Series in Poetry Award. She is a graduate of Lesley University's MFA Writing Program and is a doctoral candidate at Florida State University.

Jason Carney, a performance poet from Dallas, Texas, is a four-time National Poetry Slam Finalist, honored as a Legend of the Slam in 2007. He appeared on three seasons of the HBO television series Russell Simmons’ Def Poets. Jason has performed and lectured at some of our nation’s finest colleges and universities as well as high schools and juvenile detention centers from California to Maine. A graduate of Wilkes University MFA Program for Creative Writing, where he was an honored winner of the Etruscan Prize, the Bergman Foundation Scholarship, and the Norris Church-Mailer Scholarship. He is Co-founder and Artistic Director of the non-profit Young DFW Writers.


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