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Megan Blankenship
   Hail Mary

Levis Remembered
   Reading Loop Introduction & Table of Contents

Larry Levis
   In 1967
   Manuscript: In 1967

Solmaz Sharif
   Force Visibilty
   Mess Hall

A Conversation with Solmaz Sharif audio

20th Annual Levis Reading Prizeaudio

with a reading by prize winner Solmaz Sharif; commentary by John Ulschneider, Gregory Donovan, and Emily Block.

Victoria C. Flanagan
   Review | Look, by Solmaz Sharif

Lisa Coffman
   Poem after the Equinox, 2015
   Why I Love the Fiddle

Peter Kline
   Mirrorform: Shapeshifter
   Mirrorform: The Living Dead
   Mirrorform: Visionary

Miguel Murphy
   Fukushima Winter

Lee Conell
   Here, Beauties

Jessica Franck
   Eve as 16-Year-Old Girl Who Eats an Earthworm on a Dare
   Eve as Girl with Snake Duty in 7th Grade Science

Laura Mccullough
   Icarus in the House of Spirits
   The Troubles of Men: Holometaboly

Caitlin Mullen

Raena Shirali
   daayan, feet facing forward
   the procession

Jenn Givhan
   Warn the Young Ones

Riley Kross
   Strange Fire

Bruce Bond

Karrie Waarala
   How to Remember
   Memory of Museum of Memory
   The Morning After

Catherine Pierce
   From The Compendium of Romantic Words: Delicatessen
   From The Compendium of Romantic Words: Undone
   Poem for the Speakeasy

Nicky Beer
   Tapping the Glass: On Poems, Aquariums, and Form

Erica Dawson
   Eve, clownin’ Adam
   God asked me, like he asked Job, Can you loosen Orion’s belt?

Leah Falk
   The Machine's Guide to Grief
   Out and Back
   Sara Turing’s Archive
   States and Instructions for the Universal Machine

Norman Dubie
   The Nine Solitary Plasters of a Comedy
   That Century

Serhiy Zhadan
   The Air We Breathed
   Orange in a Schoolbag
   Year’s Middle

Virginia Konchan
   Helen Keller at the Rodeo

Ken Weitzman
   Three Plays: Introduction & Table of Contents

Ed Falco
   While Falling to Sleep

Elisabeth Murawski
   The Barn

Peter Taylor
   The Oracle at Stoneleigh Court

Joy Priest
   My Father Teaches Me How to Handle a Pistol
   Spell to Reverse Loss of Memories

Anne Dooley
   Ida's Boots

Fleda Brown
   The Art of Composition

Lesley Wheeler
   Pushing toward the Canopy

Susan Elbe
   Loose Page Found Inside a Notebook
   Of Time and North

Chloe Honum
   Love Is a Wound that Will Happen
   Stopping at a Gas Station on the Third Day of Driving Across the Country

MFA Alumni Reading  

Sarah Maclay
   The Glass Sonata
   Soft Action

Chard deNiord
   Sunday Drive

Ryo Yamaguchi
   The Weeknight Showing

Jesse Hassenger
   The Summer Birthdays

A Reading by Colson Whitehead   

Hal Crowther
   The Twilight of Truth?

A Conversation with Dorothy Allison  

Sophie Klahr
   From Like Nebraska

Joshua Robbins
   Eschatology in Crayon Wax

Amina Gautier

LeRoy Henderson  
   This is My Proof

Kelly Cherry
   Dmitri In The Year Of The October Revolution, 1917

1917 Suite  
   The NAACP’s Silent Parade
   In conversation with our own historical moment,
   this suite features material on violence leading to
   1917’s Negro Silent Parade in New York City.

Alexandra Teague
   Audrey Munson, The American Venus, Reimagines Her Life as Still Life
   Baba Yaga Invites Fort Worth Girl Scout Troop #23 for a Campout
   Pandora Opens USA Today, December 3, 2015, and Drafts an Editorial

A Reading by Mary Lou Hall & Hanna Pylväinen  

Emily Block
   Review | Fish in Exile by Vi Khi Nao

Gabriel Boudali
   Review | The Worlds We Think We Know by Dalia Rosenfield

Kelly Cherry
   Review | Orexia: Poems by Lisa Russ Spaar

Chelsea Gillenwater
   Review | Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust

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