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TWP Reading Series Presents Marjorie Saiser, Melissa Fite Johnson, and Al Ortolani

Marjorie Saiser has five collections of poetry, including LOSING THE RING IN THE RIVER (University of New Mexico Press, 2013), which won the Willa Award. She was nominated for a Pushcart Prize by the editors of Prairie Schooner and her work has been published in Rattle, RHINO, Nimrod, Chattahoochee Review, Writer's Almanac, PoetryMagazine.com, and poetmarge.com.

Melissa Fite Johnson’s poetry has appeared in such publications as Valparaiso Poetry Review, Broadsided Press, and velvet-tail.  Her first collection, While the Kettle’s On (Little Balkans Press, 2015), won the Nelson Poetry Book Award and is a Kansas Notable Book.  Melissa teaches English and lives with her husband in Kansas. 

Al Ortolani’s prose and poetry has appeared in Rattle, New Letters, the New York Quarterly, The Midwest Quarterly, The English Journal, The QuarterlyThe Laurel Review, Prairie Schooner, and others. He is the author of  Slow Stirring SpoonThe Last Hippie of Camp 50Finding the EdgeWren’s House, a collection of haiku, Cooking Chili on the Day of the DeadWaving Mustard in Surrender, Francis Shoots
Pool at Chubb's Bar
, and Paper Birds Don't Fly

Al Ortolani

Al Ortolani

Marjorie Saiser

Marjorie Saiser

Melissa Fite Johnson

Melissa Fite Johnson