Fountain Square Poetry Series
Presented by Writers Guild at Bloomington and Sponsored by By Hand Gallery
Featuring poets Abegunde, Michael Dauro, Rachel Gray, and Patsy Rahn
Free Admission and Free Raffle
Maria E Hamilton Abegunde is a Memory Keeper, poet, ancestral priest in the Yoruba Orisa tradition, and a Reiki Master. Her research and creative work respectfully approach the Earth and human bodies as sites of memory, and always with the understanding that memory never dies, is subversive, and can be recovered to transform transgenerational trauma and pain into peace and power. Her current work focuses on violence and healing in Juba, South Sudan and the United States.
Michael Luis Dauro is a CantoMundista living in Bloomington, Indiana. He is a Millay Colony Resident Artist, Ruth Lilly Poetry Fellowship finalist, and a Pushcart Prize nominee. His work has also appeared in As Us, StoryScape, Rattle, Sonora Review, Phantom Drift, and others. Michael is a graduate from the MFA Program in Creative Writing at IU. He’s totally legit non-ironically into spaghetti westerns and pro wrestling.
Rachel Ronquillo Gray was born and raised in rural Nevada, and holds an MFA from Indiana University. She is a Kundiman and Pink Door fellow, as well as an alum of VONA and Las Dos Brujas. Her work has appeared in Puñeta: Political Pilipinx Poetry, Digging Through the Fat, Winter Tangerine Review, Radar Poetry, As/Us, Lantern Review, and other places. She currently lives, writes, and makes lots of food in Bloomington, Indiana.
Patsy Rahn is a poet and prose writer. She trained as a dancer in New York City and at the National Ballet School in Toronto. She worked for many years as an actress in Toronto, New York, and Los Angeles. Her writing has been published in academic journals and various literary publications. She has given poetry readings in Toronto, Los Angeles and Bloomington. Patsy has been a reader for the radio shows Books Unbound on WFHB, and Anthology on WFIU. She is a founding member and chairperson emerita of the Writers Guild at Bloomington and works at the IU Eskenazi Museum of Art.