Pittsburgh Contemporary Writers Series presents Tisa Bryant and Douglas Kearney: Readings and Onstage Conversation with Yona Harvey.
Tisa Bryant is the author of the poetry chapbook Tzimmes; the hybrid fiction and essay collection Unexplained Presence; and Residual, writings on grief, longing, desire, and archival research. She is currently at work on a novel, The Curator, and a novella, This Prudence. With Miranda Mellis, Bryant coedited the cross-referenced literary journal The Encyclopedia Project. Bryant teaches fiction and experimental writing in the MFA Creative Writing Program and is codirector of equity and diversity at the California Institute of the Arts.
Douglas Kearney is the author of five books of poetry—FEAR, SOME; Patter; The Black Automaton, a National Poetry Series selection; Someone Took They Tongues; and Buck Studies, a Theodore Roethke Memorial Poetry Prize winner, Community of Literary Magazines and Presses Firecracker awardee, and California Book Awards silver medalist—as well as a collection of writing on poetics and performativity, Mess and Mess and. He also has written and performed several librettos for opera and the stage. He has received the 2019 Cy Twombly Award for Poetry from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts and a Whiting Award as well as fellowships from Cave Canem and the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation. He teaches at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.