January 29th: Nelson//Tumas//DeGregorio//Conroe
Eric Nelson is a writer originally from New Jersey. His essays, criticism and fiction have appeared or are forthcoming in The Billfold, HTMLGIANT, chimes/SIRENS, Volume 1 Brooklyn, Quail Bell Magazine and Squawk Back, among others. His short story collection The Silk City Series was published by Knickerbocker Circus in 2010 and “The Walt Whitman House” was recently published as a chapbook by the Crumpled Press. He will be guest-editing the next issue of Five [Quarterly] and lives in Ridgewood, Queens.
Robert Tumas is a minimalist with extreme delusions of grandeur. His writing has appeared in Puerto Del Sol, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, Art Faccia, and has been featured in the Franklin Park Reading Series, Fireside Follies, and the Popsickle Festival. He teaches at Brooklyn College and is working on a novel about Malaysian chefs in New Jersey.
Jen DeGregorio is a second-year MFA poetry student at Hunter College, where she teaches Introduction to Creative Writing and works for the Muse Scholars program. Before moving to New York, she spent six years working as a full-time newspaper reporter, first in Baltimore and then in New Orleans. In addition to books and newspapers, she also enjoys cooking, road trips, playing with cats, listening to NPR, and visiting northern New Jersey, where she grew up.
Eric Conroe is almost halfway through an MFA at Brooklyn College, where he also teaches as an adjunct professor and has received the Himan Brown award. Before grad school, he danced professionally for “Bessie” award-winning choreographer Dean Moss in New York and internationally and has performed his dance/poetry work at St. Mark’s Church, the 92nd Street Y, and Movement Research, including a collaboration with the poet Chris Martin. He currently serves as the Assistant Curator of the KGB Monday Night Poetry Series and as one of the Poetry editors for The Brooklyn Review.