Big Tent Reading: Nino Cipri, Celeste Gainey, and Richard Robbins
Celeste Gainey is the author of the poetry collection, the GAFFER, (Arktoi Books/Red Hen Press, 2015). Her chapbook, In the land of speculation & seismography (Seven Kitchens Press, 2011), was runner-up for the 2010 Robin Becker Prize. Graduating with a BFA in Film & Television from the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, as well as earning an MFA in Creative Writing/Poetry from Carlow University, Gainey was the first woman to be admitted to the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) as a gaffer, and has spent many years working with light in film and architecture. www.celestegainey.com.
Nino Cipri is a queer and nonbinary/trans writer. A multidisciplinary artist, Nino has written fiction, essays, reviews, plays, comics, radio features, and many rabble-rousing emails. They have also performed as a dancer, actor, and puppeteer. Their work has appeared or is forthcoming in Nightmare Magazine, Interfictions, Tor.com, Fireside Fiction, The Journal of Unlikely Entomology, and other fine venues. One time, an angry person on the internet called Nino a verbal terrorist, which was pretty cool. You can find them online at ninocipri.com.
Richard Robbins was born in Los Angeles, grew up in Southern California and Montana, and has lived continuously in Minnesota since 1984. His Body Turn to Rain: New & Selected Poems was published by Spokane’s Lynx House Press in May. He directs the creative writing program at Minnesota State Mankato.