The Writers Place Reading Series presents Katheryn Nuernberger, Karen Craigo, Jennifer Givhan and Tera Swearnigin

The Poetics of Parenthood: Three poets read from their new collections, which are centered around themes of motherhood and gender politics. Funny, provocative, heart-breaking, and affirming, these poems are not just for mothers, but for anybody who has ever been born or loved someone who was.

Kathryn Nuernberger is the author of The End of Pink, which won the James Laughlin Prize from the Academy of American Poets and Rag & Bone, which won the Elixir Press Antivenom Prize. She is an assistant professor of creative writing at University of Central Missouri, where she also serves as the director of Pleiades Press.
 

Jennifer Givhan is a Mexican-American poet who won the 2015 Pleiades Press Editors Prize for Poetry from Landscape with Headless Mama. Recent poems appear in Best New Poets, AGNI, Praire Schooner, Indiana Review, Rattle, and Cream City Review. She received an MFA from Warren Wilson College and a 2015 individual arts grant from the NEA.
 

Karen Craigo's first full-length poetry collection, No More Milk, is a 2016 Sundress Publications release. She is also the author of two chapbooks, and her poetry and essays have appeared in numerous journals. She maintains the blog Better View of the Moon, where she offers daily posts on the subjects of writing and creativity. She is nonfiction editor of Mid-American Review, and also edits for Gingko Tree Review and SmokeLong Quarterly. She lives in Springfield, Missouri.

Tera Swearngin is a graduate of the University of Central Missouri. She's served as an editor for Arcade Magazine, the student-run literary magazine on campus. Her review of Katie Bickham's poetry collection, The Belle Mar recently appeared in The Chattahoochee Review. Several poems and a story have been published in Arcade. Her first poem was published when she was in the sixth grade, and she wishes she could go back and revise it.    

Tera Swearngin is a graduate of the University of Central Missouri. She's served as an editor for Arcade Magazine, the student-run literary magazine on campus. Her review of Katie Bickham's poetry collection, The Belle Mar recently appeared in The Chattahoochee Review. Several poems and a story have been published in Arcade. Her first poem was published when she was in the sixth grade, and she wishes she could go back and revise it.