Monday, February 23, 2009

March 24: Doug Bauer and Lisa Starr

Douglas Bauer’s books include the novels, Dexterity, The Very Air, and The Book of Famous Iowans, and the non-fiction books, Prairie City, Iowa and The Stuff of Fiction. He’s also edited two anthologies, Prime Times: Writers on Their Favorite Television Shows and Death by Pad Thai and Other Unforgettable Meals. His stories and essays have been appeared in Esquire, The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic, Harper’s, Sports Illustrated, Tin House, Agni, and many other magazines. He’s received grants from The National Endowment for the Arts, and The Massachusetts Arts Council.

Doug previously worked as a magazine editor and for several years as a free-lance magazine writer. Since 2004, he’s been a professor of English at Bennington College and, starting in 1994, a member of the core faculty of the Bennington Writing Seminars. He lives in Boston with his wife and their two dogs.

Lisa Starr’s latest collection of poems is Mad with Yellow, which was just published. Rhode Island’s poet laureate, she moved to Block Island in 1986 and never wanted to leave. With her husband, Champlin, and their children Orrin and Camille, Lisa owns and operates the Hygeia House. Lisa is a two-time Rhode Island poetry fellowship winner, a basketball coach, and a former college instructor and waitress. Her two previous collections are Days of Dogs and Driftwood (1993) and This Place Here (2001), and her individual works have appeared in journals and publications around the country. Lisa is the founder and director of the Block Island Poetry Project.