Contributors and editors of The Little Patuxent Review gather for a reading from the recent issues. Readers include Anthony «Akewi» Barrnes, Ann Bracken, Clarinda Harriss, Steven Leyva, Ann Quin, and Jean Kim.
Anthony «Akewi» Barnes is an aspiring artist from West Baltimore who uses his creativity to liberate the souls of hopeless minds. He is a freshman at Baltimore City Community College but a senior in the struggle!
Ann Bracken is the author of two collections of poetry, No Barking in the Hallways: Poems from the Classroom (2017) and The Altar of Innocence (2015), both published by New Academia Publishing, Scarith Imprint, and she serves as a deputy editor for Little Patuxent Review. Her poetry, essays, and interviews have appeared in anthologies and journals, including Bared: Contemporary Poetry and Art on Bras and Breasts, New Verse News, Reckless Writing Anthology: Emerging Poets of the 21st Century, and Women Write Resistance: Poets Resist Gender Violence among others. Ann’s poetry has garnered two nominations for the Pushcart Prize. She offers poetry and writing workshops in prisons and schools.
Clarinda Harriss, a professor emerita of English at Towson University, has been in charge of BrickHouse Books, Inc., for almost half a century. (Just out from BhB: Tarwood, What the Waking See, Richardson, ReUnions; Wasowicz, Daingerfield Island, About to come out: McLucas, Dialogues on the Beach.) Her own most recent book is The White Rail, a short fiction collection. She is working on another short story collection as well as a group of poems, possibly book-length, having to do with a romance that started in high school and ended in Alzheimer's.
Jean Kim is a physician and writer living in Howard County, MD. She received her M.A. in Writing at Johns Hopkins. She was a Notable Essayist in 2016’s Best American Essays, and was nominated for 2016 Best of the Net and 2017 Best New Poets. She has been published in The Rumpus, Bethesda Magazine (2014 Essay Contest winner), Tishman Review, Storyscape Journal, Little Patuxent Review, and more.
Steven Leyva was born in New Orleans, Louisiana and raised in Houston, Texas. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in 2 Bridges Review, Fledgling Rag, The Light Ekphrastic, The Cobalt Review, and Prairie Schooner. He is a Cave Canem fellow, the winner of the 2012 Cobalt Review Poetry Prize, and author of the chapbook Low Parish. Steven holds a MFA from the University of Baltimore, where he teaches in the School of Communication Design.
Ann Quinn’s poetry was selected by Stanley Plumly as first place winner in the Bethesda Literary Arts Festival poetry contest, and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Her poetry is published in Potomac Review, Little Patuxent Review, Beechwood Review, Haibun Today, and Snapdragon, and is included in the anthology Red Sky: Poetry on the Global Epidemic of Violence Against Women. Ann lives in Maryland with her family where she teaches music and plays clarinet with the Columbia Orchestra. She is in the midst of an MFA program in Creative Writing at Pacific Lutheran University, and her chapbook, “Final Deployment,” will be published by Finishing Line Press in 2018. annquinn.net