Last night’s reading event with Travis Mossotti and Justin Phillip Reed reminded me of how much I love the part of the evening when the readers of Prose|Poem exchange work. I always harbor hope that the exchange takes place before the event, but often that’s not possible, so the poet and writer give cold readings of the work. And for a few lines that may show, but sooner or later they settled into each other’s words and that’s where the magic happens.
Next week, Prose|Poem gets to explore the new space (with table service!) at Stone Spiral Gallery. More importantly, Justin Phillip Reed and Travis Mossotti get to explore the venue as a performance space.
Justin Phillip Reed attends the MFA program at Washington University in St. Louis. His poems are forthcoming or appear most recently in Vinyl Poetry, joINT., Boston Review, PLUCK!, and Muzzle. YesYes Books will release his chapbook,A History of Flamboyance, in September 2015. He was born and raised in South Carolina.
Travis Mossotti was awarded the 2011 May Swenson Poetry Award for his first collection of poems About the Dead (USU Press, 2011), and his second collection Field Study won the 2013 Melissa Lanitis Gregory Poetry Prize (Bona Fide Books, 2014). Mossotti has also published two chapbooks, and recent poems of his have appeared in issues of the Antioch Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, Southern Review, and elsewhere.