Featured Readers

Melanie Hooks
Los Angeles, California, USA

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Melanie Hooks is a writer and editor living in Los Angeles, California. She works with the Southern California Writers’ Conference as a workshop leader, and is a graduate of UCLA Extension’s TV Writing Program.

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Jessica Kinnison
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

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Jessica Kinnison holds a Master of Fine Arts in fiction writing from Chatham University in Pittsburgh where she taught creative writing in the Allegheny County Jail, as part of the Words Without Walls program. Her stories have appeared in Juked, Pif Magazine, Fiction Southeast, and The Southern Humanities Review, among others. Her play “Baby” won the Southwest Theatre and Film Association’s Short Play Contest in 2008. Her story “Bone on Bone” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2012. Her nonfiction has appeared in The Jackson Free Press, The Clarion Ledger, and Art Voices Magazine, among others. She serves as Operations Manager and Director of the Wellness University at Project Lazarus, a nonprofit transitional housing facility for people living with HIV/ AIDS. She currently teaches creative writing in the Wellness University and at Orleans Parish Prison, and directs the Loyola University New Orleans Writing Institute. She also runs Dogfish Reading Series, a monthly series in New Orleans. Find more information about Dogfish here: http://www.dogfishneworleans.com

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Sarah Leavens
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

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Sarah Leavens is a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Pittsburgh, where she teaches professional writing. She also teaches creative writing at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, including the annual Pittsburgh Arts in France summer program in Ambialet, France. Leavens holds an MFA in Poetry & Nonfiction from Chatham University and a BFA in Oil Painting from Wittenberg University, and she was the 2012-2013 Out of the Forge writer-in-residence in Braddock, Pennsylvania. Her poetry has appeared in The Diverse Arts PressWeave, and So to Speak and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.  sarahleavens.com

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Katrina Otuonye
New York City, USA

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Katrina Otuonye is a writer and editor from Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. She holds a BA from the University of Tennessee and an MFA from Chatham University. Katrina’s work has appeared in Litro, Atticus Review, The Feminist Wire, and Crab Orchard Review, among others. Find more of her writing on her website or send her a tweet @katrinaotuonye.

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Victor Rahlogo
Gauteng Province, South Africa

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Victor Rahlogo is a java guru and voracious reader from Mpumalanga Province, in South Africa. He is keen to discuss African literature over some espresso and steamed milk, and quick to school his conversationalists with his knowledge of both. He currently resides in Mamelodi, RSA.
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Ian Riggins
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

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Ian Riggins loves the Pittsburgh Pirates and the movie Tootsie. He is a National Scholarships Advisor at the University of Pittsburgh. He received his MFA in Creative Writing from Chatham University in 2013. His fiction has been published in Pithead Chapel, Buffalo Almanack, and Rappahannock Review, and is forthcoming in Burrow Press Review. You can read some of his work at ianriggins.com/fiction.

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Caroline Tanski
Boston, Massachusetts, USA

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Caroline Tanski is a writer and library assistant in greater Boston, Massachusetts. Her work has appeared in Crab Orchard Review, Permafrost, Noctua Review, and Knee-Jerk Magazine, among other publications. For more information please visit carolinetanski.com

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Become a Featured Reader!
Simply read, ask, and take a photo!

1) Read the next book
2) Submit some questions and/or comments to marla@marlasinkdruzgal.com
3) Photograph the book in front of some well-known landmark near you, or of your book club with the book, or some other creative and unique photo with the book.
4) Repeat. Once you’ve done this for a few months in a row, you’re in!

I’ll list you and link to your site, and as long as you keep reading each of the books, you’ll stay listed. The more you read, the more I’ll feature you, and post a bio and a photo of you and your work.

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