The reading will be led by the resident poet Megane Levadand will feature a special 2022 performance from Mariposa County poetry out loud Champion, Maegan Matchett. After the readings, members of the public are encouraged to participate in an open question and answer session.
Registration for this event is open now by clicking here or by calling the Canada Council at 209-966-3155.
This spring, the Arts Council was able to offer Matchett the opportunity to work with Karyna McGlynn in preparation for the state final of Poetry Out Loud. Along with Megan Levad, they practiced emotive delivery, poetry understanding, performance techniques, and overall helped Matchett flourish as a poet and performer. A testament to their work together, Matchett made it to the top 13 finalists in one of the nation’s most competitive poetry-aloud contests.
In addition to supporting Maegan Matchett, this virtual reading gives members of the community privileged access to interact and hear from great contemporary poets Karyna McGlynn and Michael Mlekoday. The event aims to inspire and expand concepts of what poetry can be, which is an accessible form of individual, cultural and social expression. McGlynn and Mlekoday are prime examples of poets breaking the academic stereotype of poetry, delivering work that revels in pop culture, hip-hop, gothic literature, and celebrations of self.
Karyna McGlynn is an award-winning writer, teacher and visual artist. She is the author of three books of poetry Books of Sarabande: “50 things Kate Bush taught me about the multiverse”, “Hothouse” and “I have to go back to 1994 and kill a girl. McGlynn holds a master’s degree in poetry from the University of Michigan, a doctorate in creative writing and literature from the University of Houston, and a Wisconsin Institute of Creative Writing Fellowship. Recent accolades include the New York Times Editor’s Choice, the Rumi Prize for Poetry, and the Florida Review Editors’ Choice Award for Fiction. With Erika Jo Brown and Sasha Debevec-McKenney, she co-edits the anthology “Clever Girl: Witty Poetry by Women”. She also designs a glued tarot deck called “Paper Arcana”. This summer, she will begin her position as director of creative writing at Interlochen Arts Center. Discover his work on www.karyna.io or on Instagram and Twitter at @karynamcglynn.
Joining McGlynn is Michael Mlekoday, an award-winning poet from coastal California. Mlekoday lives in California’s Putah Creek watershed, teaching classes in hip-hop, gothic literature, and wild poetry. National Poetry Slam Champion, Mlekoday co-founded Publish Buttons and is currently the poetry editor of Magazine Ruminate.
Mlekoday’s first book, “The Dead Eat Everything”, was chosen by Dorianne Laux as the winner of the Stan and Tom Wick Poetry Prize. Their second book, “All Earthly Bodies”, was chosen by Patricia Smith for the Miller Williams Poetry Series. Their work has won the Florida Review Editors’ Prize, the AWP Intro Journals Award, and the Katharine Bakeless Nason Fellowship from the Bread Loaf Environmental Writers Conference. Mlekoday is descended from the West Slavic tribes of Central Europe and was born on the banks of the Mississippi River – in lands that the Dakota people and their ancestors have called home for thousands of years. They currently live in the native lands of the Patwin people. Learn more about Michael at www.michaelmlekoday.com or explore Button Poetry on Instagram at @buttonpoetry.
Poetry Out Loud coordinator and coach Megan Levad will host the virtual reading. She is the author of “Why We Live in the Dark Ages” and “What Have I to Tell You”. A recent MacDowell Scholar, her poems have appeared in Tin House, the San Francisco Chronicle and more. She also writes lyrics and librettos, including “When There Are Nine,” a song cycle about Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg composed by Kristin Kuster, which recently debuted at the Cabrillo Festival in summer 2019, where Megan Levad was the writer. in residence. She is now artistic director of Fahey Associatesand teaches courses in ethics and social justice for Boise State from her home with her husband and son in Midpines.
The Arts Council is an incorporated non-profit organization established to promote and support all forms of cultural arts, for all ages, throughout Mariposa County and is supported in part by the Mariposa Countythe National Foundation for the Artsa federal agency, and the California Arts Councila state agency.