Steve Bellin-Oka, Alexis Schaitkin, & Charlotte Matthews

Join us for the November Charlottesville Reading Series event, featuring poet Steve Bellin-Oka, novelist Alexis Schaitkin, and poet Charlotte Matthews. This in-person event will be free and open to the public. We recommend arriving early for the best seating.

Steve Bellin-Oka’s first book of poems, Instructions for Seeing a Ghost, won the Vassar Miller Prize from the University of North Texas Press. He is also the author of four chapbooks, most recently Proviso, a text/image collaboration with the painter Kristen Tomecek. He received his MFA from the University of Virginia and his PhD from the University of Southern Mississippi’s Center for Writers. He has taught poetry writing at the University of Virginia, the University of Mississippi, Eastern New Mexico University, and Ripon College. His poetry has earned him fellowships from Yaddo, the Tulsa Artist Fellowship, the Vermont Studio Center, and the Virginia Center for Creative Arts. He is also a translator from Spanish. He currently lives in Tulsa.

Alexis Schaitkin is the author of the novels Elsewhere and Saint X. Her short stories have been anthologized in The Best American Short Stories and The Best American Nonrequired Reading. She received her MFA in fiction from the University of Virginia, where she was a Henry Hoyns Fellow. She lives in Williamstown, Massachusetts, with her husband and their two children.

Charlotte Matthews is the author of five poetry collections, a memoir, and a novel. Her fifth poetry collection, The Half Life of Regret, was recently released from Unicorn Press. Her work has appeared, or is forthcoming, in ChautauquaThe North American ReviewRattle, and The American Poetry Review. Associate professor at the University of Virginia, she teaches writing to non-traditional learners. Find her online at