January 30, 2012

On Sunday, January 15th, Rattle held a reading for issue #36 at the Church in Ocean Park, in Santa Monica, CA. Eight poets from the issue read samples of their work:

Teresa Chuc Dowell
Alan Fox
Sonia Greenfield
Bruce McBirney
Peg Quinn
Diana M. Raab
Ephraim Scott Sommers
Craig van Rooyen

Teresa Chuc Dowell, a Fellow and teacher consultant of the Los Angeles Writing Project (a chapter of the National Writing Project), teaches English literature and writing at a public high school. Teresa has a bachelors degree in Philosophy, a Professional Teaching Credential in Education, and is currently a candidate for a Masters in Fine Arts in Creative Writing (poetry) at Goddard College. She serves as a poetry editor for the Pitkin Review. In 2011, Teresa founded Shabda Press. Teresa is also an organizer for 100 Thousand Poets for Change. Her first book-length collection, Red Thread is forthcoming from Fithian Press (2012).

Alan Fox founded Rattle in 1994, turning what began as a class chapbook into one of the largest and most prestigious literary magazines in the world. In the process, he has interviewed over 60 contemporary poets, a selection of which appeared as Rattle Conversations (Red Hen Press, 2008), and published over 40 of his own poems. He’ll be reading from his new manuscript of eight-line poems, Being There.

Sonia Greenfield is a graduate of the MFA program at the University of Washington. Her poem “Passing the Barnyard Graveyard” appeared in Best American Poetry 2010.

Bruce McBirney earned his J.D. from Boalt Hall School of Law, UC Berkeley, and has been practicing in Los Angeles since 1979. He received his B.A. in English from Loyola Marymount University. McBirney’s poems have appeared in America, Measure, Spillway, The Formalist, The Lyric, and other journals, and anthologized in Sonnets: 150 Contemporary Sonnets (University of Evansville Press, 2005).

Peg Quinn is a painter and an award-winning quilter and Pushcart-nominated poet and has been designing and painting murals in homes, offices, schools and institutions for over twenty-five years. She holds a BFA in Education from the University of Nebraska and an Elementary Teaching Credential from Cal. State Northridge and currently serves as Art Specialist at a local, private school.

Diana M. Raab, MFA, RN was born in Brooklyn, New York and received her undergraduate degree in Health Administration and Journalism in 1976. In 2003 she earned her MFA in Writing from Spalding University’s low-residency program. She is the author of eight books. Her most recent release, Healing With Words: A Writer’s Cancer Journey (2010) is a memoir/self-help book which includes reflections, experiences, journal entries and poems all emphasizing the healing power of writing. She has one poetry chapbook, My Muse Undresses Me and two poetry collections, Dear Anais: My Life in Poems For You, winner of the 2009 Next Generation Indie Award for Poetry, and The Guilt Gene. Currently, Raab teaches creative journaling and memoir in UCLA Extension Writers’ Program.

Ephraim Scott Sommers was born in Atascadero, California and received his MFA from San Diego State University. A singer and guitar player, Sommers has produced three full-length albums of music and toured internationally both as a solo artist and with his band Siko. Most recently, his work has appeared in Afterimage, Barnstorm, Blue Earth Review, City Works, The Coachella Review, The Columbia Review, New Madrid, Philadelphia Stories, San Diego Poetry Annual, and Verse Daily. His poetry is forthcoming in Grasslimb, Harpur Palate, Paddlefish, and Rougarou. He is the managing editor of Flashpoint: A Journal of Literature and Music, and he teaches writing at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo and Cuesta College.

Craig van Rooyen is a lawyer living in San Luis Obispo, CA. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Southern Poetry Review, Crab Creek Review, Willow Springs, The Christian Century, Boxcar Poetry Review, Innisfree Poetry Journal, and The Fourth River. He is a finalist for the 2011 Rattle Poetry Prize, and has another poem forthcoming in Rattle #37.