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Di Blasi, Schmidt to read poetry at The Station Bistro on Wednesday

Debra Di Blasi  - Courtesy photo
Debra Di Blasi
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Poetry at The Station Bistro presents the works of Debra DiBlasi and Lisa Schmidt on Wednesday, Nov. 6.

The program is from 7-9 p.m. at the Bistro, 110 Second St. SW, No. 125, one block south of West Main Street, on the east side of the Auburn Transit Center.

Coffee and conversation follow readings. It is an open mic opportunity. The public is invited.

About the poets

Debra Di Blasi is the founding publisher of Jaded Ibis Productions, prose editor of Jaded Ibis Press, and a multi-genre multimedia writer.

She taught experimental narrative forms for eight years at Kansas City Art Institute, including hyperfiction, mixed media and multimedia fiction, experimental writing and the new memoir. She frequently lectures on topics related to 21st century narrative forms. Past and future lectures include Sorbonne University, Paris, France; Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Associated Writing Programs Conference, New York, Washington, D.C., Denver; &NOW Festival of Innovative Writing, San Diego, Buffalo, Notre Dame University, Chapman University; Kansas City Film Festival; Louisville Writers Conference; Mark Twain Writers Conference, and elsewhere.

Di Blasi's books include "The JirĂ­ Chronicles & Other Fictions"; "Drought & Say What You Like: Novellas"; "Prayers of an Accidental Nature: Short Stories"; "Skin of the Sun: Five Iterations Toward the Human as a Novel"; and "What the Body Requires: A Novel". She has been favorably reviewed in The New York Times Book Review, Publishers Weekly, Review of Contemporary Fiction, and elsewhere.

Lisa Schmidt grew up in Auburn's Green Valley. There she developed a deep affinity for the natural world, which influences much of her poetry.

Working as an orchestra teacher and violist, she hopes to infuse her poetry with more music. Schmidt has had poems published in journals such as The Evansville Review, The Bitter Oleander, Nimrod, and The Comstock Review. She was a semifinalist for the 2011 Pablo Neruda Prize and the 2011 Spoon River Poetry Review Editors' Prize, as well as Finalist for the 2011 River Styx Poetry Prize.

She received special merit recognition for the 2011 Muriel Craft Bailey Memorial Award, and won an International Merit Award for the 2012 Atlanta Review International Poetry Competition.


LINKS: Presented by The Station Bistro:

Northwest Renaissance, and Auburn Striped Water Poets.

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