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BMI PhD Fellows Reading

Spend an evening with BMI’s fiercely talented PhD Fellows. These nearly-minted doctors write fiction, poetry, and non-fiction that will leave you awe-struck. You'll be sure to see these names on book covers very soon: Sam Gilpin, Joe Milan, Oscar Oswald, Saltman Fellow Sreshtha Sen, Lorinda Toledo, and Wendy Wimmer. Hosted by journalist and friend Dan Hernandez. Come on by, they're excited to meet you.

Samuel Merriman Gilpin is a poet originally from Portland, OR. He received a BA in English from the University of Utah, and an MFA from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. His work has appeared in various journals and magazines, most recently in Prism Review, Prime Number, and REAEDR. He is an avid people watcher, jazz aficionado, and a devoted cat dad.

Joe Milan Jr. is a BMI PhD Fellow of Creative Writing at UNLV, a past fiction editor at Witness and a MFA graduate of the Vermont College of Fine Arts. He's American with Korean ancestry and taught in Korea for nine years. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in wonderful places like The Rumpus, Broad Street, F(r)iction (2017 Short Story winner selected by Celeste Ng), The LA Review of Books’ Blarb, Books Actually’s Gold Standard 2016 anthology, The Kyoto Journal, and others.

Oscar Oswald is a poet and editor teaching at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. He is completing his PhD in English and Creative Writing, expecting to graduate later this year. He recently served as the Poetry Editor of Witness and as an Assistant Editor for Noemi Press. His poetry has appeared in the journals Colorado Review, Denver Quarterly, Lana Turner, Laurel Review, New American Writing, and Volt, among others.

Sreshtha Sen is a writer from Delhi, India and one of the founding editors of The Shoreline Review, an online journal for and by South Asian poets. She studied Literatures in English at Delhi University and completed her MFA at Sarah Lawrence College. Her work has been published in Bitch Media, Breakwater Review, The Margins, MACK, Meridian, and elsewhere. She was the 2017-2018 McCrindle Foundation Fellow for Readings/Workshops at Poets & Writers.

Lorinda Toledo grew up in Albuquerque, N.M. where she could be found in one of two places: with horses in the barn, or curled up with a book. She has a B.A. in Print Journalism from the University of New Mexico, and will forever be grateful that reporting led her to travel the country and overcome her shyness. Her short stories have appeared in Drunk Monkeys and Uno Kudo, and she’s currently at work on a novel. She loves baked goods, thought provoking conversations paired with a glass of wine, and exploring new places.

Wendy Wimmer is a Believer Magazine fiction fellow at Black Mountain Institute/University of Nevada Las Vegas. She is the fiction editor of Witness literary journal and the founder of UntitledTown book and author festival in Wisconsin which hosts 4000 attendees annually. Her work has been published in Barrelhouse, Blackbird, Per Contra, ANMLY, Drunken Boat, Paper Darts, Non-Binary Review, Salt & Syntax and more, as well as nominated for multiple Pushcart Prizes, AWP Intro to Journal and Best New Voices. In 2018, her fiction has been awarded a flash fiction award from Salt and Syntax and was named a semi-finalist in the Black Lawrence Review Hudson Prize 2018. She was most recently a featured reader at Believer Fest 2018. Follow her on Twitter @wendywimmer or her very infrequently-updated website

This event is free but an RSVP is required.

Earlier Event: February 26
Breakout Fiction Writer: Wayétu Moore
Later Event: March 7
Breakout Poet: Hieu Minh Nguyen