Kat Meads and Jeanetta Calhoun Mish

Jeanetta Calhoun Mish and Kat Meads read poetry and prose at Teatro Paraguas

 Sunday, September 16, 2018, 5:30 PM. 

A North Carolina native, Kat Meads is the author of six novels (one written as Z.K. Burrus), two essay collections, two short fiction collections and a hybrid fiction. She has also published several chapbooks of poetry and prose. Her short plays have been produced in New York, Los Angeles, Berkeley and elsewhere. Her writing has been recognized by two Independent Publisher (IPPY) medals, an NEA fellowship, a California Artist fellowship and two Silicon Valley artist grants. A three-time ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year finalist, she has received four Best American Essays Notable citations and writer residencies at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Yaddo, Millay Colony, Blue Mountain Colony and Montalvo Center for the Arts. She lives in California. Her works include: BORN SOUTHERN AND RESTLESS (Duquesne University Press, 1996); FOR YOU MADAM LENIN (Livingston Press, 2012); and IN THIS SEASON OF RAGE AND MELANCHOLY SUCH IRREVOCABLE ACTS AS THESE (Mongrel Empire Press, 2016), the latter, was lauded by the North Carolina Literary Review as “A harsh and poetic narrative, . . . built on the premise that the ugly can break one’s heart more profoundly than the pretty. The novel reflects changing political, social and economic times in the 1970s South and features: a tuxedo-ed god who drinks; a leather and tat teen turned real estate mogul; deceit, revenge, Pentecostal religion and the disappearance of family farms” 


Jeanetta Calhoun Mish, Oklahoma Poet Laureate (2017-2018), Mish’s most recent books are a poetry collection, WHAT I LEARNED AT THE WAR (West End Press, 2016) and OKLAHOMELAND: ESSAYS, (Lamar University Press, 2015). Her first poetry book, TONGUE TIED WOMAN, won the Edda Poetry Chapbook Competition for Women in 2002. Her second poetry collection, WORK IS LOVE MADE VISIBLE (West End Press, 2009), won the 2010 Oklahoma Book Award for Poetry, the 2010 Western Heritage Award for Poetry from the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum and the 2010 WILLA Award for Poetry from Women Writing the West.