Amber Fraley has Kansas in her bones, silliness in her heart and fierce stubbornness in her brain. She has written hundreds of magazine articles and a collection of humorous essays. In the last few years, she has delved back into poetry. Poems from a Midlife Crisis is her first chapbook.
Joseph Harrington is the author of Of Some Sky (BlazeVOX [books] 2018); Things Come On (an amneoir) (Wesleyan UP 2011); the chapbooksGoodnight Whoever’s Listening (Essay Press 2015) and Earth Day Suite (Beard of Bees 2010); and the critical work Poetry and the Public (Wesleyan UP 2002). His creative work has appeared in BAX: The Best American Experimental Writing 2016, Bombay Gin, Hotel Amerika, and Colorado Review,among other periodicals. Harrington is the recipient of a Millay Colony residency and a Fulbright Chair. He teaches at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, USA.
Andrea Hoag will read a new essay from her work-in-progress collection that explores her lifelong love affair with all things Italian. The linked essays in the collection cover topics as disparate as love and heartbreak, raising art-loving biracial children as global citizens in an age of increased nationalism, and the true meaning of “success” in a materialistic culture.
Hoag was born and raised in Lawrence, and she holds bachelor of arts degrees in Italian and art history from the University of Kansas. A longtime book critic, over the past two decades her reviews, author interviews and travel writing have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Philadelphia Inquirer, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, USA Today and dozens of other American newspapers and magazines. In addition to her literary work, she owns a full-service public relations agency, Fusion Social Media Group, managing all aspects of her clients’ online presence. Andrea is a single mother of two well-traveled teenagers, Alana, 18, and Miles, 14, who make frequent appearances in her essays and travel writing.