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Mia Leonin is the author of four poetry collections: Fable of the Pack-Saddle Child (BkMk Press), Braid, Unraveling the Bed, and Chance Born (Anhinga Press), and a memoir, Havana and Other Missing Fathers (University of Arizona Press). Leonin has published poetry and creative nonfiction in New Letters, Prairie Schooner, Alaska Quarterly Review, Indiana Review, Witness, North American Review, River Styx, Chelsea, and others. She teaches creative writing at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida.

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Gustavo Adolfo Aybar is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Kansas City where he received his MA in Romance Languages & Literature. His chapbook is Between Line Breaks from Spartan Press and his first full-length collection is We Seek Asylum. He was the 2016 Grand Prize Winner for Poetry from Willow Books, and in 2017 Willow Books awarded him the 2017 Recipient of the Willow Books Emerging Writer Fund. Aybar is a Cave Canem and Artist Inc.  and also translated work by Mexican author/playwright Glafira Rocha; some can be found in Asymptote, EZRA and in InTranslation journals.


Matthew Salesses was adopted from Korea. He is the author of The Hundred-Year Flood; I'm Not Saying, I'm Just Saying; Different Racisms; and other books. Forthcoming are a new novel, The Murder of the Doppelgänger, and a collection of essays, Own Story. He has written about adoption, race, and parenting for The New York Times, NPR, Salon, and elsewhere. He is the Website Editor for Pleiades, where he writes about creative writing pedagogy

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Earlier Event: September 16
Later Event: September 24
The Writers Place Open Mic Night