Loft Mentor Series Reading With Abdul Ali

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The Loft presents a Loft Mentor Series Reading with mentor Abdul Ali and participants Angela Ajayi and Lorissa Gottschalk.

Advanced tickets guarantee a general admission seat and help cover the Loft's costs to host the event. Pay-what-you-can tickets are available at the door 30 minutes prior to the event on a first-come, first-served basis. No one turned away for lack of funds. Doors open 30 minutes before the event. Seating is general admission (not assigned).

Abdul Ali is the author of Trouble Sleeping, winner of 2014 New Issues Poetry Prize selected by poet Fanny Howe. He earned his M.F.A. in Creative Writing at American University. His poetry, essays, and interviews have appeared in Gargoyle, Gathering of Tribes, National Public Radio, The Washington Post magazine, New Contrast (South Africa), Academy of American Poets (, Poetry Foundation, Poet Lore and the anthology, Full Moon on K Street, among other publications. He has received grants, awards, and fellowships from The DC Commission of the Arts and Humanities, American University, College Language Association, and the Mt. Vernon Poetry Festival at George Washington University. He has taught writing at Towson University, Goucher College, and currently teaches in the graduate writing program at Johns Hopkins University.

Angela Ajayi’s essays, book reviews, and author interviews have appeared in The Common Online, Wild River Review, the Star Tribune and Afroeuropa: Journal of Afro-European Studies. She spent over ten years in publishing, mainly as a book editor at Africa World Press/The Red Sea Press. She holds a BA in English literature from Calvin College and an MA in comparative literature from Columbia University. Her first story, “Galina,” published in Fifth Wednesday Journal, won the 2017 PEN/Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize for Emerging Writers. Nigerian and Ukrainian by birth, and American by citizenship, she lives in Minneapolis with her husband and daughter.

Lorissa Gottschalk is a poet and writer whose work explores and embraces the influence of nature, grief, death, and mystery in our everyday lives. She holds an MFA in Creative Nonfiction Writing from Hamline University, where she was an Outstanding Thesis Award finalist. Lorissa studied with Philip Lopate and Patricia Hampl at the Prague Summer Writing Program through a scholarship from Western Michigan University. She was also a participant in the SASE Intermedia Arts Writer to Writer Mentor Series and the Orma Lerum Trust Soaring Garden Writing Residency. Her work has appeared in Water-Stone Review, Confluence and various academic publications. Most recently, Lorissa worked at Saint Catherine University as an Assistant Director in the Center for Community Work and Learning and as an adjunct professor in the English Department. She lives in Minneapolis with her husband where she is joyfully raising their two daughters full-time.
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By: The Loft Literary Center

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