The Night Heron Barks reads at SMOLFair 2022


Jose Hernandez Diaz

Jose Hernandez Diaz is a 2017 NEA Poetry Fellow. He is the author of The Fire Eater (Texas Review Press, 2020). His work appears in The American Poetry Review, Colorado Review, Georgia Review, Iowa Review, The Nation, Poetry, The Southern Review, The Yale Review, and in The Best American Nonrequired Reading. He edits for Frontier Poetry and teaches for various organizations including Beyond Baroque, Litro Magazine, The Writer’s Center, and other venues. 

The Fire Eater

Sonya Gildea

Sonya Gildea is winner of the John McGahern Literature Award (2021); A selected poet for Poetry Ireland’s Introductions programme (2021/22); Recipient of an Artist Literature Bursary Award (2021) from the Irish Arts Council; Winner of an Ireland Chair of Poetry (post-grad) Student Award (2020-21); Winner of the Cúirt International New Writer’s Award (2015). She has published in Crannog; The Irish Times; The Stinging Fly; Tolka; The Cormorant Broadsheet; The Night Heron Barks; The Maynard Journal; and The Common (2022). Her work is also included in the commemorative anthology Hold Open the Door (UCD & Chicago Press, 2020), editors Nidhi Zak/Arie Eipe & Mícheál McCann; The Poetry Ireland Introductions anthology, This Is What You Mean To Me (2021) editors Sean Hewitt & Paul Lenehan; Arlen House Publishing’s anthology of contemporary Irish poetry (2022) editors Nuala O’Connor & Alan Hayes. Sonya is recipient of Dun Laoghaire Arts Office & Creative Ireland Artist Literature Bursary Award (2021); recipient of an artist residency at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre (2021); and recipient of an Irish Arts Council Agility Award (2021). Sonya holds an MA in creative writing, University College Dublin (2020). She has written a first short story collection The Switching Yard. She is writing a first poetry collection, 500 Seconds; and the chapbook The Nine River Beats of Owenea in collaboration with visual artist, Sorca O’Farrell. Sonya is also is exploring, researching and developing a collaborative multi-disciplinary word project and installation, Rewriting the Constitution. Sonya lives in Dublin, Ireland.

Angela Maria Spring

Angela María Spring (she/they) is the owner of Duende District, a mobile boutique bookstore for and by people of color, where all are welcome. She holds an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College and is poetry editor at The Washington Independent Review of Books. You can find their most recent poems in A Public SpaceThe SlowdownThe Acentos ReviewMuzzle Magazine, and PANK. Her essays, interviews, and reviews are at Electric Literature, Catapult, LitHub, and Follow them on Twitter at @BurquenaBoricua.

Dorianne Laux

Pulitzer Prize finalist Dorianne Laux’s most recent collection is Only As The Day Is Long: New and Selected, W.W. Norton. She is also author of The Book of Men, winner of the Paterson Poetry Prize and Facts about the Moon, winner of the Oregon Book Award.  Two new chapbooks will be available soon: The Mothers, a conversation in poems with Leila Chatti, and Nickel, written during the pandemic  with Sharon Olds, Major Jackson and Didi Jackson, Matthew Dickman, Michael McGriff and Joseph Millar.  Laux teaches poetry at Pacific University. In 2020, she was elected a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets.

Only as the Day Is Long: New and Selected Poems
The Book of Men
Facts about the Moon: Poems
What We Carry

Open mic featuring Dennis Hinrichsen, Sheleen McElhinney, and B. Fulton Jennes.