Join us for a very special evening featuring music from readings from Amy Lorraine Long and music from B.R. Bickford.
Amy Long‘s first book, Codependence, is forthcoming from Cleveland State University Poetry Center in September 2019; the manuscript won CSUPC’s 2018 Essay Collection Contest, judged by Brian Blanchfield. Her writing has appeared in the Best American Experimental Writing 2015 anthology, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Ninth Letter, and elsewhere, including as a Notable Essay in Best American Essays 2018.
She earned her M.F.A. from Virginia Tech’s Creative Writing Program in 2016 and holds a Master’s in Women’s Studies (2008) and a B.A. in English and Women’s Studies (2006) from the University of Florida. Between her M.A. and M.F.A., Amy worked for drug policy reform and free-speech advocacy groups in Santa Cruz, CA; Washington, D.C.; and New York City and as a bookseller at Bookpeople in Austin, TX. She now teaches English Composition at Northwest Florida State College and is a contributing editor to the drug-history blog Points, where she runs the Fiction Points interview series, recruits guests and guest bloggers, and (rarely) blogs. She also manages Ray Raposa‘s musical projects.
Brice Randall Bickford is known for recording and performing as The Strugglers from 2001 to 2009. During those years, Bickford released four LPs and toured Europe and the U.S. multiple times before leaving the band name behind. He released his first eponymous album, which was produced by Scott Solter, in 2011.
Bickford's songwriting has earned him wide recognition from influential musicians and critics alike. Pitchfork has described his writing as "tracing a single thought or sketching a single image throughout the course of several bars, building suspense and making you wait patiently for the pay-off".
His sixth album, Paro, was released by Austin-based Keeled Scales on February 24th, 2017.