Reading: Agrawal, Bashi, Kelling, Lennon, Missaghi, Morse: May 16, 2014

indexOn Friday, May 16, at 7 p.m. Counterpath hosted a reading by third-year students in DU’s Creative Writing Phd program. Readers include: Kanika Agrawal, Kameron Bashi, Patrick Kelling, Joe Lennon, Poupeh Missaghi, and Jesse Morse. Videos of some of the readings are below (our apologies but the video camera ran out of memory during the reading).

Kanika Agrawal was born on a small island, the name of which, according to an online encyclopedia, means “the Two Seas.” She shares part of her name with an island off the coast of a state of a large country. This island, according to a business publication, was an “apple of discord” between certain bureaucratic entities. Kanika is the citizen of a country that was a larger country before it was divided. According to the website of a department of a private research university, “[w]hether the [division] . . . was wise and whether it was done too soon is still under debate.” Having lived her entire adult life as an alien in a different country, Kanika has long been under the scrutiny of a major government agency that “exercise[s] a holistic approach to Vigilance.” Given these conditions, she writes.

Kameron Bashi (introduced by Laird Hunt) was born in Oklahamo City, Oklahamo, and grew up in the outskirts of Baltimore, Maryland; Seattle, Washington; Heinsberg, Germany; Washington, D.C.; and Providence, Rhode Island. He continues to grow up in Denver, Colorado.

Patrick Kelling received his MFA from CU. He taught journalism on the Eastern Plains for two years before retreating to San Diego where he worked as a starving freelance writer for a year. He is a doctoral student in the Creative Writing program at the University of Denver and is the fiction editor for the literature magazine Gambling the Aisle. His work has recently been published in Spitoon, Sundog Lit, and A Capella Zoo. He has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and to Best New American Voices.

Joe Lennon was born in Freeport, Illinois, and has moved around a lot since then. He lives in Denver now.

Poupeh Missaghi: English is her second language but her first for storytelling. She writes both fiction and nonfiction and works as a literary Persian < > English translator. Her writing has appeared (under a pen name) in World Literature Today, Guernica, The Quarterly Conversation, The Barcelona Review, Short Fiction Magazine, The Baltimore Review, and elsewhere.

Jesse Morse is the father of Wren, the lover of Jen, the companion of Hank, the writer of songs, the pursuer of poems, and the player of games. He is finishing up his PhD at the University of Denver.