October 12, 2006 - 6 pm

Sarah Dowling is originally from Regina, Saskatchewan, and lives in Philadelphia. She recently completed an M.A. in creative writing at Temple University and is currently a doctoral student at the University of Pennsylvania. Her work has previously appeared or is forthcoming in How2, Descant, In/Vision, Taproot II, and The Mitre.

Read her poems from "Keepness"

Jena Osman's most recent book of poems is An Essay in Asterisks (Roof Books, 2004). Her book The Character (Beacon Press, 1999) was the winner of the 1998 Barnard New Woman Poets Prize. Other publications include Jury(Meow Press), Amblyopia (Avenue B), and Twelve Parts of Her (Burning Deck Press). Her poems have appeared in Big Allis, Conjunctions, Hambone, O-blek, Verse, and elsewhere. Osman is the editor, with Juliana Spahr, of the literary magazine Chain. She has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and the Fund for Poetry, and has been a writing fellow at the MacDowell Colony, the Blue Mountain Center, the Djerassi Foundation, and Chateau de la Napoule. In 2006, she was awarded the Pew Fellowship in the Arts for poetry.

Osman received an M.A. in poetry and playwriting from Brown University, and a Ph.D. in English from the Poetics Program at the State University of New York at Buffalo. She is the director of the creative writing program at Temple University, where she teaches poetry workshops and seminars on contemporary poetry and poetics. Recent courses have included "Documentary Poetics" and "Hybrid Genres: Visual, Sound, and Performance Poetries."

Read her poem "Flag of My Disposition"