Austin Interfaces: Reading & Open Mic (May 16)

fields magazine and BookWoman are partnering on a new reading series/open mic called Austin Interfaces! Expect an intimate night of poetry, fiction, music, essays, and an open mic featuring up-and-coming artists in the Austin area every third Thursday from 7-9pm at BookWoman, hosted and curated by Nia KB.

This month will feature the work of local writers Shannon Perri, Jessica Hincapie, and Mah-ro Khan.

Shannon Perri’s writing has appeared in Joyland Magazine, fields magazine, The Houston Chronicle, The Austin-American Statesman, and elsewhere. Her short story, “The Resurrection Act,” was awarded a 2016 Joyland Magazine Publisher’s Pick, and her story, “Orientation,” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She holds a master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Texas and an MFA in Creative Writing from Texas State University, where she teaches in the English Department. She is currently at work on a novel set in Big Bend National Park.

Jessica Hincapie is a creative writer and teacher living in Austin, Texas. Originally from South Florida, Jessica moved to Austin seven years ago to earn a degree in Writing and Rhetoric from St. Edward’s University, she then went on to receive an MFA in Creative Writing from The University of Texas (2018) where she served as Bat City Review’s Online Content and Web Editor. She is an experienced teacher and workshop facilitator for both kids and adults. Currently she works as Program Associate and Event Specialist at The Writing Barn, a writing retreat space located in South Austin.

She is the recipient of numerous poetry awards, including The University of Texas' Michael Adam's Thesis Prize, finalist for Frontier Poetry's Industry Prize, and honorable mention for The Gulf Coast Prize in Poetry (2017). She has work featured or forthcoming in Meridian, Ruminate Magazine (Winter 2018)The Indiana Review, Four Way Review, Gulf Coast Online, and more.

Her first collection of poems is currently out on submission which has given her time to work on other writing, including trying her hand at a screenplay and a YA novel. Also this summer, for the second year in a row, she will be leading two creative writing camps at The Writing Barn, one for kids ages 8-12 and another for teens ages 13-17. Along with exploring craft elements and critically acclaimed poetry and prose, students will also get to meet published authors and have a chance to publish their own work on The Writing Barn's Website.  If you want to talk her to after the reading about dogs, tacos, poems, or really anything, don't be shy. She loves meeting new people.

Mah-ro Khan (she/her) is a student, writer, and scientist at the University of Texas at Austin. She is currently trying to figure out how to write about the things that scare her. She also enjoys ice skating, being a Mom Friend, and getting in her feelings. She competed on the 2018 UT CUPSI team and her work has been published in Blue Minaret, As/Us, Corridors Magazine, and Hot Metal Bridge. She hopes you are having a great day!

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fields is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department and is a sponsored project of Big Medium.