In collaboration with Montclair's Halfway There reading series, we've gathered a group of both established and emerging writers who have written about grief in non-fiction, poetry, or fiction. The evening will feature 7 short readings to be followed by an audience Q & A session.
JENNIFER POTEET is a longtime Montclair resident and works in Manhattan as a fundraiser for public television. She has had poems published in a number of online and print journals, including the Cortland Review, Pedestal Magazine, The Naugatuck Review and others. Her first poetry collection will be published in the fall of 2017 by Dancing Girl Press.
JESSICA WOLF is a writer and editor of (mostly) creative non-fiction. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Reader’s Digest, Huffington Post, and various blogs and literary magazines. She is co-author with Jillian Pransky of Deep Listening: Healing Practices to Calm Your Body, Clear Your Mind, and Open Your Heart, due out from Rodale Press in October 2017. She is also a writing coach at Montclair’s EssayHouse where she leads creative writing workshops for middle and high-school students.
KRISTIN WALD is an educator and reader and writer and reviewer. She also dabbles in social media, social activism, and being socially awkward. Kristin's ramblings are at That Unique* Weblog, VegBooks, and Baristanet.
MAYA STEIN is the co-owner of The Creativity Caravan. She has published four collections of personal essays, poetry and photographs, including the most recent - “How We Are Not Alone” – a compilation of writings from her poetry blog. Since 2005, she has been keeping a weekly poetry practice and her “10-line Tuesday” poems now reach more than 1,000 people around the world every Tuesday. You can sign up here.
RENEE FOLZENLOGEN is a writer, artist, art therapist, and family support counselor, whose personal essays have appeared in the NY Times, and Sun Magazine. She believes that beauty feeds the soul, and writes about life altering experiences at her blog: Dad's American Beauty.
TEKA LARK-LO is a freelance journalist, essayist and poet who has had a tumultuous relationship with dramatic monologue, 80s punk and satire. She is the co-founder of the bicycle advocacy group VELO Bloomfield. She is a segment producer on KPFK's Feminist Magazine. Her writing has appeared in the Village Voice's LA Weekly, USA Today, Ebony, Counterpunch, Time, Streetsblog, KCET and Zocalo. Her book Queen of Inglewood will be released on Word Palace Press in May 2017. She lives in the New York metropolitan area.
TARA SPINELLI is a writer, UX designer, green/wellness advocate, and mother of two great kids. You can find her at https://www.taraspinelli.com/