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Join poets Courtney Marie, Leah Tieger, Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam, Fatima-Ayan Malika Hirsi and Bess Whitby who are working to bring attention to the city’s writers from the ground up. Each writer will perform their own work and then sit on a panel, moderated by arts writer Lauren Smart, about the DIY literary community.

Courtney Marie is a writer and artist currently living in Denton, Texas. she enjoys working with text as an art medium and performance object. Her work has appeared in Crab Fat Magazine, Spooky Girlfriend Press, Literary Orphans, Black Sun Lit, The Thing Itself, etc. but also in basements and museums, street corners and art galleries; in cities all over the country. She is the co-founder and primary organizer of spiderweb salon, an art collective based out of Denton, co-host of Pegasus Reading Series in Dallas, and the host of Spiderweb Salon’s literary podcast, produced by Pariah Art. She writes a lot of letters.

Leah Tieger is a graduate of Bennington College and will become an M.A. candidate at the University of North Texas this fall. She is a fiction reader for The Boiler, co-founder and host of WordSpace’s Looped readings in Dallas, and a finalist for the 2016 Raynes Poetry Prize. She has performed readings in bars, houses, and hot tubs, and her poems can also be found in Rattle, Gravel, Menacing Hedge, Off the Coast, and Route 7 Review.

Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam’s genre-straddling fiction has appeared in magazines such as The Toast, PRISM International, Clarkesworld, and Hobart. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the USM’s Stonecoast program and curates the annual Art & Words Show in Fort Worth, Texas. You can visit her on Twitter @BonnieJoStuffle or at www.bonniejostufflebeam.com. She is represented by Ann Collette at Rees Literary for her first novel about a mother, a daughter, and a siren.

Fatima-Ayan Malika Hirsi is the founder of Dark Moon Poetry & Arts, a platform of expression for North Texas women artists. She teaches poetry workshops in schools, shelters, and community centers as an educator for the Writer’s Garret. Her work has been featured in a few journals and many venues across the state. She likes to write poems for strangers on her typewriter to drink and whiskey in her tea. See her work at flowerwordspoetry.com.

Bess Whitby holds an MA in Creative Writing from the University of North Texas. Her reviews appear in Mid-American Review. She is an active participant in Spiderweb Salon, a DFW-based arts collective, and a frequent contributor to their DIY zine. By day Bess works as an executive assistant; by night she continues to write, revise, and create.
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