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Only Flying: Poems and Stories from Badass Women Writers

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This is not a library sponsored event.


Only Flying: Poems and Stories from Badass Women Writers is a celebration of story and beauty and what it takes to be badass: the guts to speak up for what vibrates within us as right, as just, as sacred. The guts to believe in ourselves and our voices and the possibility of a better world if we refuse to be silenced. Brook Bhagat will read "Jump (Magic Pants)," "Mars Kisses Cling Hard," and other pieces from her new poetry collection, Only Flying; Carina Bissett will read “Twice in the Telling,” from the anthology Upon a Twice Time; Amie Sharp will read from her award-winning poetry chapbook, The Sabine Women; and Cindy Skaggs will read from her forthcoming novel, Janet: Army of One. Following the readings will be a Q & A session with the writers, and the winners of the book raffle will be drawn. Then, authors will be available to sign and sell books. NSFW- readings will include profanity and subjects that may not be suitable for children. Free to the public.

About the Authors

Brook Bhagat’s poetry, fiction, non-fiction, and humor have appeared in Monkeybicycle, Empty Mirror Magazine, Rat's Ass Review, and other journals and anthologies. She is a founding editor of Blue Planet Journal. She is the 2020 winner of A Story in 100 Words’ nature writing contest, and the 2021 winner of Loud Coffee Press's microfiction contest. She is an assistant professor of English at Pikes Peak Community College and is writing a novel. Her poetry collection, Only Flying, is due out Nov. 16, 2021 from Unsolicited Press. See the book trailer, read her work, and find out about other in-person and virtual book launch events at https://brook-bhagat.com/.

Carina Bissett is a writer, poet, and educator working primarily in the fields of dark fiction and fabulism. Her short fiction and poetry have been published in multiple journals and anthologies including Upon a Twice Time, Bitter Distillations: An Anthology of Poisonous Tales, Arterial Bloom, Gorgon: Stories of Emergence, Hath No Fury, and the HWA Poetry Showcase Vol. V, VI, and VIII. She is also the co-editor of Shadow Atlas: Dark Landscapes of the Americas. Links to her work can be found at https://carinabissett.com/.

Amie Sharp is the author of The Sabine Women, winner of the Emergence Chapbook Prize from Red Dragonfly Press. Her work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net, and appeared in Atticus Review, Badlands, the Bellevue Literary Review, Burningword, and Tar River Poetry, among others. She was a 2018 artist-in-residence at the Sabina Cultural Association in Casaprota, Italy. She is a member of the Colorado Poets Center, and a member of the English department at Pikes Peak Community College. See more at https://amiesharp.com/.

Cindy Skaggs is a writer, public speaker, and military veteran. She has eight published novels and is an advocate for military and veteran issues, mom to two humans, and a reluctant wrangler of too many critters. She is a native of Colorado where she teaches graduate and undergraduate creative writing. See more at https://www.cskaggs.com/.