The Gallery at Avalon Island presents a Poetry Reading by Terry Ann Thaxton and Kelle Groom on Sunday October 15th at 3pm. Terry Ann Thaxton, will read from her new collection, MUD SONG, published by Truman State University Press in September 2017, and Kelle Groom will read from her new poetry collection, SPILL, published by Anhinga Press in October 2017.
The event is free and open to the public. Books available for purchase at reading.
Terry Ann Thaxton
Terry Ann Thaxton is a 5th generation Floridian, award-winning poet and essayist. She has published three books of poetry: Mud Song (Truman Stat UP, 2017), The Terrible Wife (Salt, 2013) and Getaway Girl (Salt, 2011). Mud Song won the T.S. Eliot Poetry Prize and The Terrible Wife was awarded the 2014 Florida Book Award Bronze Medal. She is the recipient of the 2012 Jeffrey E. Smith Editor’s Prize as The Missouri Review. She has also published Creative Writing in the Community: A Guide (Bloomsbury, 2014) based on her 17 years of training UCF students to work with her in providing creative writing opportunities for marginalized people throughout Central Florida. She received her MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts, and lives in Orlando where she is professor of English at UCF. She also directs the UCF MFA program. http://
Kelle Groom is a poet & memoirist. Her four poetry collections are Spill, (Fall 2017, Anhinga Press), Five Kingdoms (Anhinga), Luckily (Anhinga), and Underwater City (University Press of Florida). Her work has appeared in AGNI, American Poetry Review, Best American Poetry, The New Yorker, New York Times, Ploughshares, and Poetry. Her memoir, I Wore the Ocean in the Shape of a Girl (Simon & Schuster), is a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers pick, New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice selection, a Library Journal Best Memoir, Barnes & Noble Best Book of the Month, Oprah O Magazine selection, and Oxford American Editor’s Pick. An NEA Fellow, Groom’s honors also include fellowships from Black Mountain Institute, University of Nevada-Las Vegas in partnership with the Library of Congress, Djerassi Resident Artists Program, James Merrill House, Millay Colony for the Arts, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, American Antiquarian Society, and Ucross Foundation, as well as two Florida Book Awards, a State of Florida Division of Cultural Affairs grant. Groom was Distinguished Writer-in-Residence at Sierra Nevada College, Lake Tahoe, where she is now on the faculty of the low-residency MFA Program. She received her BA, MA, & MFA from UCF where she served as poetry editor for The Florida Review and founded the liquid poetry reading series. Her work with Central Florida area nonprofits included three years as director of grants administration for the Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida, and five years as communications & grants manager for Atlantic Center for the Arts in New Smyrna Beach. Groom now lives in Provincetown, Massachusetts where she is Director of the Summer Workshops & Collaborative Residencies at the Fine Arts Work Center.
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