Join CCAD faculty and students for readings of their works of poetry and prose. Participants include Writing, Literature & Philosophy Adjunct Instructor Maria Romasco-Moore (author of the recent short fiction collection Ghostographs: An Album) and Associate Professor Dr. Lesley Jenike, whose works include the full-length poetry collections Ghost of Fashion and Holy Island.
Maria Romasco Moore's Ghostographs: An Album is an interconnected collection of brief, crystalline stories inspired by vintage photographs. This eerie and incandescent novella-in-flash illuminates the hidden terrain of childhood and the pain of growing up, all in one small town at the edge of an abyss where the narrator comes of age among family, friends, and phantoms. It's a place populated with charming and unforgettable characters, where housewives send away for mail-order babies and young girls glow on front porches on hot summer nights. Where men get in staring contests with lamps and great aunts live in castles and collect haunted dogs. Where games of hide and seek refuse to end. It's a town full of secrets, where the hardships of adulthood threaten to invade the wild and magical domain of children. Haunting and evocative, funny and strange, the world of Ghostographs may be memory or might just be a trick of the light.
An, instructor at Columbus College of Art and Design, Maria Romasco Moore’s stories have appeared or are forthcoming in Lightspeed, DIAGRAM, Hobart, Interfictions, Kaleidotrope, Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet, and the anthology Women Destroy Science Fiction. Her first novel, Some Kind of Animal, will be out in 2020.
About Holy Island: "Even the smallest of these poems is a noisy engine of the kind that might have powered an ocean liner from the shores of New England to Henry James's Europe and back again. You feel the heat of the boiler in everyone, hear the hiss of the steam. And what rich cargo. As compassionate as she is wise, Lesley Jenike traffics in the secrets of the human heart, the most priceless merchandise of all."--David Kirby
Lesley Jenike is the author of full-length poetry collections Ghost of Fashion (CW Books) and Holy Island (Gold Wake), and chapbooks How We Came Ashore (Dancing Girl Press) and Punctum (Kent State University Press, 2017). Her poems and essays have appeared or will appear soon in Poetry, The Kenyon Review, At Length, NELLE, phoebe, The Bennington Review, The Southern Review, The Gettysburg Review, Rattle, Smartish Pace, Waxwing, Blackbird, Passages North, and many other journals. She's the recipient of awards, fellowships, and scholarships from the Ohio Arts Council, the Virginia Center for Creative Arts, the Vermont Studio Center, the Sewanee Writers' Conference, and the Academy of American Poets. Jenike is Associate Professor of Writing, Literature, and Philosophy at the Columbus College of Art and Design.