Travis Cebula

We are taking time out from Word Fest news to let you know about the next Yes! reading at the Social Justice Center (33 Central Ave., Albany) taking place next Friday night, April 26 at 8:00pm. This time Matthew Klane and company will be welcoming three great guests, Travis Cebula, Nicolas Thayer, and Paul Hannigan, to the stage.

Travis Cebula earned an MFA in Writing and Poetics from Naropa University’s Jack Kerouac School in 2009, the same year he founded Shadow Mountain Press. He teaches creative writing at The Writer’s Center in Bethesda, Maryland and is a member of the permanent faculty at the Left Bank Writers Retreat in Paris, France. His poems, essays, stories, and photographs have appeared in various print and on-line journals, including New American WritingVersalAufgabeFact-SimileThird Coast, andEleven Eleven. He is the author of five chapbooks, including Some ExitsSome Colors Will Touch Regardless, and, most recently, …but for a Brief Interlude at Versailles from Highway 101 Press (2011). He has written two full-length collections of poetry: Under the Sky They Lit Cities, published by BlazeVOX Books in 2010, and Ithaca, his most recent collection, available now from BlazeVOX Books. A new collaborative effort with Sarah Suzor, After the Fox, will be released in 2014 by Black Lawrence Press.

Nicholas Thayer is a media artist from Albany and Montreal. He primarily works in performance and video installation. Over the years his works have evolved around the interaction between performance and technology as well as conceptual conformity and the gaps brought about by its pursuit. His work has delved into the interaction between the human body and video processing. While in Montreal he created actor-driven characters involved in Reichian Therapy.

Paul Hannigan was born in Cambridge, MA in 1936. There, in and around the Boston poetry scene, he grew up as a poet in the company of writers such as Fanny Howe, Bill Knott, William Corbett, DeWitt Henry, Tom Lux, and James Tate. His publishing life extended from the late 60s to the late 70s with a small number of books and chapbooks. He taught at Emerson College and was an occasional editor/reviewer for Ploughshares and The Harvard Review. Hannigan suffered from a series of debilitating illnesses for most of his adult life, from which he eventually succumbed in 2000. He left behind a world of notebooks, unpublished poems, short stories, unfinished novels, fragments, comics and drawings. An edition of selected poems, The Problem of Boredom in Paradise, has recently been released by Flim Forum Press.