This evenings event will feature S. Portico Bowman and Laura Washburn.
S. Portico Bowman has been a professor and the gallery director at Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Kansas,since 2001. She graduated from the University of Saskatchewan in Canada with a BFA with Distinction in 1985. After acareer as a fine-art printmaker she moved from Saskatoon in 1998 to pursue her MFA in sculpture and ceramics at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She graduated in 2001, receiving the Outstanding Graduating Graduate Award. Bowman has published numerous articles in Canadian, US, and European art publications since 1998. In the past five years she has published an essay in the International Sculpture Center’s Sculpture magazine about the artist Jan-Ru Wan and, in Ceramics: Art and Perception, an essay about the internationally renowned ceramic artist Jun Kaneko as well as articles about Colby Parsons, Trevor Dunn, Ian Johnston, and Nuala Creed. Prior to 2007, she published fourteen other essays. This past summer, Bowman was a resident at the Sage Hill Writing Experience, where she studied with John Gould and Kimmy Beach. Fall Bloom, Bowman’s first novel has attracted the interest of the Canadian publisher Al Forrie at Thistledown Press. They are currently looking for a US co-publisher.
Laura Lee Washburn is theDirector of Creative Writing at Pittsburg State University in Kansas, and the author of This Good Warm Place: Anniversary Expanded Edition (March Street) and Watching the Contortionists (Palanquin Chapbook Prize). She has been an editorial board member of the Woodley Memorial Press. Her poetry has appeared in such journals as Cavalier Literary Couture, Carolina Quarterly, Ninth Letter, The Sun, Red Rock Review, and Valparaiso Review. Born in Virginia Beach, Virginia, she has also lived and worked in Arizona and in Missouri. She is married to the writer Roland Sodowsky.