March 30th, 2016: Dina Hardy, Richard Garcia & Katherine Williams

motorcycle mania!Dina Hardy

Dina Hardy—recipient of a Stegner Fellowship from Stanford University, Iowa Writers’ Workshop MFA, and Pushcart Prize nomination—is the author of limited-edition book Selections from The World Book. Her work has been published in numerous anthologies & literary journals. For 8 years, she worked as a marketing and advertising copywriter for Walt Disney Parks & Resorts Online, writing for Disney websites, such as disneyland.com and disneyworld.com.

 

Richard Garcia

richard garciaRichard Garcia was born in San Francisco in 1941 and began writing in his teens. After publishing his chap book, Selected Poems, in 1972, he stopped writing for a number of years until an encouraging letter from Octavio Paz convinced him to return to writing. In 1978 he published a bilingual book for children, My Aunt Otilia's Spirits, and University of Pittsburgh Press published The Flying Garcias in 1991. He earned the MFA degree in creative writing from Warren Wilson College Writers' Program in 1994, during which time his first collection, The Flying Garcias,was published by University of Pittsburgh. His third volume of poetry with BOA Editions,The Chair, was released in 2014; The Other Odyssey won the 2012 American Poetry Journal Book Prize, and his forthcoming book, Porridge, won thePress 53 Prize and will appear in early 2016.

Richard’s publication credits include Ploughshares, The Georgia Review, and theColorado Review, and among his distinctions are the Pushcart Prize, Best American Poetry,the Georgia Poetry Circuit, and a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. For twelve years he was Poet-in-residence at Children's Hospital Los Angeles, where he conducted workshops in art and poetry for hospitalized children. Richard teaches creative writing in the Antioch University Los Angeles MFAprogramas well as privately throughout the United States.  He makes his home on James Island, South Carolina with his wife, Katherine Williams, and their dog Max. 

 

Katherine Williams

Katherine Williams has authored four chapbooks and read throughout southern California and the southeast. Her work is published in various anthologies and has received a Pushcart nomination. She has a bachelor’s in French, works in biomedical research, and lives on James Island with her husband, poet Richard Garcia.

 

Katherine Williams!