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 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.
Mark Ferguson's debut novel, The Lost Boys Symphony, will be published by Little Brown & Co. on March 24th. A bit of a genre-bender, this time-traveling coming-of-age story is infused with the angst of mental illness and young love. It was named a Spring 2015 Barnes & Noble Discover pick. Kirkus says, "This book, like good music, will sweep you up." His novel-in-progress, tentatively titled The Empathy Machine, again uses a science fiction conceit--in this case a form a virtual reality--to examine questions about identity, sanity, and love. Mark is a freelance graphic designer and book marketer now living in New Jersey.
PR Griffis is currently completing a novel about punk rock, Texas high school football, alcoholism, and the Eisenhower interstate highway system. He lives in Willimantic,CT with his writer wife Mika Taylor, and Petunia Van Scampers, their crime-solving wonderpup.
Leslie McGrath is the author of Opulent Hunger, Opulent Rage, a poetry collection, and two chapbooks, Toward Anguish and By the Windpipe. McGrath's latest book is a satiric novella in verse, Out From the Pleiades. She teaches creative writing and literature at CCSU and is series editor of The Tenth Gate.
Mary Collins worked for 20 years in Washington, DC for National Geographic, the Smithsonian and others. Her last book, American Idle: A Journey Through Our Sedentary Culture, won the Grand Prize in Nonfiction at the Indie Book Awards. She's working on a series of essays that explore raising a transgender child. Her essay, "Mapping Modern Grief," recently appeared in the Potomac Review. She teaches at Central Connecticut State University.
Emily Lyon received her MFA from Southern Connecticut State University. She's looking for a home for her first novel, an account of an American woman living in Tel Aviv during the Second Intifada. She taught creative writing for a couple of years, but now runs a record shop (recordsthegoodkind.com) and works as a flight attendant. She writes about flying in the first person.
Jilly Gagnon's writing has appeared in Elle, Newsweek, Vanity Fair online, McSweeney's Internet Tendency, The Hairpin, The Toast, and the Rumpus, among others. She is currently at work on both a humor book and a young adult novel.
Sergio Troncoso is the author of five books. The Nature of Truth is a novel about a young researcher at Yale who discovers that his boss, a renowned professor, hides a Nazi past. Troncoso is a resident faculty member of the Yale Writers’ Conference, and an instructor at the Hudson Valley Writers’ Center.
Anne D'Alleva is an art historian and mother of three. When she's not balancing the scholarly and the familial, she is Associate Professor of Art History and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the University of Connecticut, Head of the Department of Art & Art History, and Chair of UConn Reads, the University's community reading project.
Authoring her own coming-of-middle-age tale, Carol is president of A Girl's Gotta Eat: Writing and Editing for a Price; founder of The Alley, a writers' support group; and a former stringer for The Miami Herald. She’s given a TEDx talk, performed stand-up comedy, hates the color pink, and survived both the New York City public school and transit systems. Before becoming a writer, she was a zygote.