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The Reading Room

RE@DS: RJ Ingram & Solmaz Sharif

November 21, 2014; 5:30 p.m.


RJ Ingram lives in Oakland and is pursuing an M.F.A. in creative writing with concentrations in poetry and creative nonfiction from Saint Mary's College of California, where he is an editor for Mary. He also works as social media editor for Omnidawn Publishing and outreach director for Quiet Lightning. He recently finished Two Angels, a chapbook written in conjunction with the Featherboard Writing Series at Aggregate Space in Oakland. New work can be found in Timber, Whiskey Island, Salt Hill, and Selfies in Ink. His cat Brenda lives in North Carolina and lost a leg during a high stakes game of bocce.

Solmaz Sharif holds degrees from UC Berkeley, where she studied and taught with June Jordan's Poetry for the People, and New York University. Recent work has appeared in Kenyon Review, Gulf Coast, jubilat, and others. Her work has been honored with a "Discovery"/Boston Review poetry prize, as well as a fellowship from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. She is currently a Wallace Stegner Fellow in Poetry at Stanford University.