Big Tent Reading: Amber Brejcha Fraley, Andrea Hoag, and Joe Harrington
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.