The Waves will present Jonathan Penton, Spencer Silverthorne, Gabrielle Douglas, Mack Guillory and Jo Gehringer at 7 p.m. on Thursday, October 13, at Antenna Gallery (3718 St. Claude Ave.). The series features local and visiting writers alongside emerging and student voices to encompass a multigenerational LGBTQ perspective.
Jonathan Penton founded www.UnlikelyStories.org in 1998, and has run it, and its print subsidiary Unlikely Books, since. He has lent editorial and management assistance to a number of literary and artistic ventures, such as MadHat, Inc. and Big Bridge. He has organized literary performances, and performed himself, in places like Arkansas, California, Chihuahua, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Massachusetts, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Texas, and Washington, state and DC. His poetry books areStandards of Sadiddy (Lit Fest Press, August 2016), Prosthetic Gods (New Sins Press/Winged City Chapbooks, 2008), Blood and Salsa and Painting Rust (Unlikely Books, 2006), and Last Chap (Vergin’ Press, 2004).
Spencer Silverthorne has poetry and nonfiction published in Assaracus, Pelican Bomb, and Apiary Magazine. He has also been awarded a fellowship from the Vermont Studio Center. Originally from Philadelphia, he lives and writes in New Orleans, LA.
Gabrielle Douglas is a South Louisiana lycanthrope in a passionate yet intermittently abusive relationship with Microsoft Word. They are currently studying Creative Writing and Religious Studies at Loyola University New Orleans and perpetually waxing poetical about the Crescent City, Mediterranean food, and video games.
Mack Guillory III is an actor, writer, and student who attends Loyola University in New Orleans. When he isn’t trying to suppress his obsession with Ann Coulter, he can be seen actively grappling with his love of poetry, intellectual anarchy, and casual drinking. Thanks to Bret Buckels and the Waves crew for giving me this opportunity to indulge myself in community. Thanks to the people, places, and things in my life who have deterred me from becoming who I’m supposed to be.
Jo is from Omaha and lives in New Orleans. Their work has appeared in MICRO//MACRO, the Soul Stoned, and New Bile, and is forthcoming from Paper Darts and Xavier Review. They tweet at @josephgehringer, and they love you, like, a lot.