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Saturday,  April 2, 7-8:30 pm
Join the museum of americana and Midwestern Gothic at #AWP16 for a free offsite event at Wolf & Crane Bar in downtown L.A.!

Our featured readers are poets and fiction writers Shaindel Beers, Curtis Crisler, John McCarthy, Toni Nealie, and Ben Tanzer.

Wolf & Crane Bar is located in downtown L.A.’s little Tokyo, 366 E 2nd Street, Los Angeles, California 90012


Meet Our Featured Readers:

Shaindel Beers is the author of two full-length poetry collections, A Brief History of Time (2008), and The Children’s War and Other Poems (2013), both from Salt Publishing. She is the current Department Chairperson at Blue Mountain Community College in Pendleton, Oregon, and serves as Poetry Editor of Contrary Magazine. Learn more at

Curtis L. Crisler‘s poetry collection, Don’t Moan So Much (Stevie): A Poetry Musiquarium, is forthcoming from Kattywompus Press. “This” Ameri-can-ah (Cherry Castle Publishing) was recently released. Crisler is the author of three previous books and four chapbooks. He has been nominated for Pushcarts and is the recipient of residencies from the City of Asylum/Pittsburgh (COA/P), Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (VCCA), Soul Mountain, Hamline University, and a Cave Canem Fellow. Crisler received the Sterling Plumpp First Voices Poetry Award, two Indiana Arts Commission Grants, the Eric Hoffer Award, and was nominated for the Eliot Rosewater Award. His poetry has been adapted to theatrical productions in New York and Chicago, and he has been published in a variety of magazines, journals, and anthologies. He is Contributing Poetry Editor for Aquarius Press, and a Poetry Editor for HEArt: Human Equity through Art. Crisler is an Associate Professor of English at IPFW.

John McCarthy’s work has appeared in Best New Poets 2015, The Pinch, RHINO, the minnesota review, and Redivdier. He edited the anthology [Ex]tinguished & [Ex]tinct (Twelve Winters Press, 2014). John is the Managing Editor of Quiddity. He currently lives in southern Illinois.

Toni Nealie is the author of The Miles Between Me, an essay collection about homeland, dispersal, heritage and family, published by Curbside Splendor. Recent essays have appeared in Guernica, The Prague Review, The Offing, and The Rumpus. Her essay, “The Displeasure of the Table,” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Originally from New Zealand, she holds an MFA from Columbia College Chicago. She teaches, and writes, in Chicago, where she is Literary Editor of Newcity.

Ben Tanzer is the author of Orphans, which won the 24th Annual Midwest Book Award and a Bronze medal in the Science Fiction category at the 2015 IPPY Awards, as well as Lost in Space, which received the 2015 Devil’s Kitchen Reading Award in Prose Nonfiction, as well as The New York Stories, and SEX AND DEATH. He is a contributor to Punk Planet, Clamor, and Men’s Health, and is Senior Director, Acquisitions for Curbside Splendor. Find him online at, the center of his vast lifestyle empire.