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Afton Wilky

Our last event of the 2013-2014 series was on Tuesday, May 6th.
We were excited to have Afton Wilky as our featured reader. Here is a short bio from her site:
 
 
Afton Wilky is a multi-disciplinary artist—painter, poet, she works with digital media, and is a book artist. She is the author of Clarity Speaks of a Crystal Sea (Flim Forum Press, Feb 2014) and her work is in or forthcoming from journals such as Black Warrior Review, LITMagInkNode, EOAGH, textsound, Word for/Word, and Jacket2. She is the Managing Editor of The Volta.
 
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Below is a video of Wilky reading from Clarity Speaks
of a Crystal Sea. It was the perfect reading to close out an exciting year for 1718!
 
 
Below is an excerpt from Wilky’s site on Clarity Speaks of a Crystal Sea. Visit the hyperlink to read more.
 
“Clarity Speaks of a Crystal Sea asks what would happen if we allowed visual and auditory connections space to develop, extend and accrue. This extension and accrual is a narrative in and of itself while the trajectory and transformation of linguistic characters becomes character. The project borrows language; cuts and refolds it; bodies; it bodies; it requires more than one mouth; more than one pair of eyes; it becomes language with a visible shadow.”
 
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Above is the 1718 faculty advisor, Shelly Taylor, and the directors of the past academic year. The 1718 directors were the student readers that evening. Erin Little (Director of Student Readers) read nonfiction, Lauren Smith (Director of Publicity) read fiction, and Sarah Monsen (Director of Featured Readers) read nonfiction.
 
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We had complimentary copies of Roux, our compilation of the works of this season’s student readers, available after the reading. Pictured above is the front and back cover,
designed by Ashley-Vosmera Mitchell.
 
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Shelly Taylor

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Shelly Taylor, 1718’s own faculty advisor, read for us on February 4th. She read from her newest poetry collection, Lions, Remonstrance, which is available for pre-order at Coconut Books. We were lucky to have this  preview of her new book. Look below for one of her poems from the collection.

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Since Lions, Remonstrance is not yet available, Maple Street Books  sold copies of Shelly’s first collection, Black-Eyed Heifer, (Tarpaulin Sky Press, May 2010). Keep a look out for Hick Poetics, an anthology of contemporary American rural poetries that Shelly co-edited with Abraham Smith; it will be released this year from Lost Roads Press.

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