Siwar Masannat, Broc Rossell, & Lee Upton (AWP Reading, Minneapolis)

  • Instinct Art Gallery 340 Nicollet Mall Minneapolis, MN, 55401 United States

Siwar Masannat is an Arab writer from Amman, Jordan currently pursuing a Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. She is a co-founder of Gazing Grain Press, an inclusive feminist chapbook contest funded by the Fall for the Book literary festival. 50 Water Dreams, was selected by Ilya Kaminsky for the 2014 First Book Prize and will be published by the Cleveland State University Poetry Center this spring.

Broc Rossell is from California and lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, where he teaches at Simon Fraser University. His work has appeared in 1913, Boston Review, Denver Quarterly, Fence, Harvard Review, jubilat, iO, Los Angeles Review of Books, The Laurel Review, Volt, and other places. His first book, Festival, will be published by the Cleveland State University Poetry Center this spring.

Lee Upton is the author of The Tao of Humiliation: Stories, the essay collection Swallowing the Sea: On Writing & Ambition Boredom Purity & Secrecy; the novella The Guide to the Flying Island; and several collections of poetry. Bottle the Bottles the Bottles the Bottles was selected by Erin Belieu for the 2014 Open Book Prize and will be published by the Cleveland State University Poetry Center this spring.