Poets in Pajamas featuring Gwen Edward & Kara Dorris

Join us for our 127th Poets in Pajamas reading featuring Gwen Edward & Kara Dorris.

Kara Dorris is the author of two poetry collections: Have Ruin, Will Travel (Finishing Line Press, 2019) and When the Body is a Guardrail (2020). She has also published five chapbooks: Elective Affinities (dancing girl press, 2011), Night Ride Home (Finishing Line Press, 2012), Sonnets from Vada’s Beauty Parlor & Chainsaw Repair (dancing girl press, 2018), Untitled Film Still Museum (CW Books, 2019), and Carnival Bound [or, please unwrap me] (The Cupboard Pamphlet, 2020). Her poetry has appeared in Prairie Schooner, DIAGRAM, I-70 Review, Southword, Rising Phoenix, Harpur Palate, Cutbank, Hayden Ferry Review, Tinderbox, Puerto del Sol, The Tulane Review, and Crazyhorse, among other literary journals, as well as the anthology Beauty is a Verb (Cinco Puntos Press, 2011). Her prose has appeared in Wordgathering, Breath and Shadow, Waxwing, and the anthology The Right Way to be Crippled and Naked (Cinco Puntos Press, 2016). She earned an MFA in creative writing at New Mexico State University and a PhD in literature and poetry at the University of North Texas. Currently, she is a visiting assistant professor of English at Illinois College. For more information, please visit karadorris.com. 

Gwendolyn Paradice is a citizen of the Cherokee Nation, identifies as two-spirited, and is hearing impaired. Gwen has been nominated for multiple Pushcart Prizes, and their first collection of short stories, More Enduring for Having Been Broken, Black Lawrence Press’ 2019 Hudson winner, was published in early 2021. Their essays, short stories, and poetry can be found in Tin House, Uncanny, Booth, Anomaly, Crab Orchard Review, and others. Gwen retains a MA from the University of North Texas, an MFA from Bennington College, and is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Missouri. Gwen lives with their partner and their pets, and when they aren't writing or reading, they are playing video games, lifting weights, or listening to music. You can find more information at gwendolynparadice.com 

If you would like to request a copy of the poems to be read for accessibility purposes, please email [email protected].