The Roar Reading Series is an eclectic new monthly reading series curated by Elephant Rock Books and performed at the lovely Uconn Coop Bookstore in Storrs, Connecticut at Storrs Center.
The first Monday of every month join us for a variety of fiction, poetry, CNF, and other works, read by the authors. Readings start at 7pm, followed by audience laughter, tears and applause.
The spring roster of readers is listed below. Author’s books will be available for sale. Writers interested to read should attend a show and introduce themselves to series host Jotham Burrello.
At the Roar, the audience comes first, and then the elephants trample them.
Christopher Torockio is the author of a novel, Floating Holidays and two collections of stories, most recently The Truth at Daybreak. His short fiction has appeared in The Antioch Review, Denver Quarterly, The Gettysburg Review, The Iowa Review, Willow Springs, and many other publications. He teaches at Eastern Connecticut State University.
Lee Jacobus (www.leejacobus.com) taught Renaissance English and Modern Irish Literature at Storrs, retiring in 2001. His stories and poems have appeared in literary magazines. Crown Island (2008), a novel, is set on the Connecticut Coast. His plays have been produced in New York and New Haven.
Lucy Ferriss is the author of nine books including The Lost Daughter. Recent work appears in the New York Times, Fourth Genre, and Missouri Review, and has received recognition from the NEA, the Mid-List First Series, and the International Society for Narrative. She is Writer-in-Residence at Trinity College. Her website is http://lucyferriss.com.
Credit: Richard Choi
Elizabeth Weinberg's writing has appeared in PANK Magazine, The Arts Paper, and other publications. She received her MFA from the University of Washington and is currently a co-editor of the New Haven Review. She is at work on her first novel, and writes about her research and other issues on her website, www.elizabeth-weinberg.com.
Jason Courtmanche is Director of the Connecticut Writing Project and Lecturer in English at UConn, specializing in Composition, Teacher Education, and American Literature. He is the Nathaniel Hawthorne Society President-elect and an Institute for Teaching and Learning Teaching Scholar. His blog on teaching can be read at http://jasoncourtmanche.blogspot.com/.
Mika Taylor got her MFA at the University of Arizona where she was fiction editor for the Sonora Review. Her work has appeared in The Southern Review, Guernica, Hobart, The Kenyon Review, Black Warrior Review, and Diagram. She teaches writing at ECSU and runs a grassroots writers’ retreat in Willimantic, CT.
Ciaran Berry’s books are The Sphere of Birds (2008), and The Dead Zoo (2013). His poetry has appeared in AGNI, Crazyhorse, The Missouri Review, and The Threepenny Review. Originally from the northwest of Ireland, he is a 2012 Whiting Award Winner, and teaches English and creative writing at Trinity College in Hartford.
Mark Oppenheimer writes the Beliefs column for The New York Times and is the author of three books, including, most recently, a memoir entitled Wisenheimer: A Childhood Subject to Debate.
Kristin Bair O’Keeffe is the author of the novels The Art of Floating (Penguin/Berkley, April 2014) and Thirsty (Swallow Press, 2009). Her work has appeared in numerous magazines and journals, including Poets & Writers Magazine, The Gettysburg Review, and The Christian Science Monitor. Find her online at Facebook, Twitter, and www.kristinbairokeeffe.com.
Michelle R. Vigue is currently a public school administrator, has a bachelor’s degree in biology form the University of Connecticut. She also holds a master’s degree in natural sciences and a sixth-year degree in educational leadership, both from Central Connecticut State University. She lives in Glastonbury, CT.
Sarah Pemberton Strong is the author of two novels, The Fainting Room and Burning the Sea, and a poetry collection, Tour of the Breath Gallery. Her poetry has appeared in The Southern Review, Mississippi Review, Rattle, The Sun and Southwest Review. She lives near New Haven, Connecticut.
Terence Hawkins was born in coal-mining Uniontown PA during an Eisenhower administration he'd rather not mention. Through some horrible error he was not only admitted to but permitted to graduate from Yale, where he muscled his way into a stint as publisher of the Yale Daily News. His first novel, The Rage of Achilles, appeared in 2009; his next, American Neolithic, will be released in May. Not having learned from its mistakes the University allowed him to become the founding Director of the Yale Writers' Conference in 2011.