Huge Shoes Poetry Salon
February 13, 2011
Huge Shoes Salon Features Akwe Amosu and Zdena Heller Hyblova
AKWE AMOSU first book, Not Goodbye, was published in 2010 by Snail Press in Cape Town, South Africa. Half Nigerian and half British, she was born in London but grew up in Nigeria. She studied at Sussex University in the UK and then worked for news organizations including the BBC World Service and allAfrica.com as a reporter, radio host and editor covering African stories. She has lived and worked in Ethiopia and South Africa, as well as in the UK. She settled in Washington DC in 2006 where she works as a policy advocate for the Open Society Institute on issues such as human rights, governance and accountability in Africa.
ZDENA HYBLOVA HELLER was born in Prague. She escaped from Czechoslovakia at the height of the Stalinist era, then, while still in her teens and early twenties, wrote in Czech for Radio Free Europe in Munich. In the US her fiction appeared in an anthology of Czechoslovak Writing from the New World published by New Rivers Press. She has worked as a contributing editor for Spotlight Magazine, and her poetry has appeared in Blueline, In Posse Review, and The Paris Review. She received an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College.
December 5, 2010
Inaugural Huge Shoes Salon!
MONICA A. HAND’S first book, me and Nina, won the Kinereth Gensler Award from Alice James Books, to be published Fall 2011. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Aunt Chloe, Black Renaissance Noire, The Sow’s Ear, Drunken Boat, Beyond the Frontier, African-American Poetry for the 21st Century, Gathering Ground: A Reader Celebrating Cave Canem’s First Decade and elsewhere. She holds a MFA in Poetry and Poetry in Translation from Drew University, and is a founding member of Poets for Ayiti.
LEE GOULD’S chapbook, Weeds, was published in 2010 by Finishing Line Press. After teaching at Goucher College, Lee retired to the Hudson Valley where she continues to teach, write poems and reviews, gardens, and makes far too much jam. Her poems and reviews have appeared in Quarterly West, The Gay and Lesbian Review, the Berkshire Review, Chronogra, Magma, Phoebe, Passager, Women and the Environment and other journals.