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Reading with Francesca Bell, Ace Boggess, & Jim Peterson!

  • Chop Suey Books 2913 W. Cary Street Richmond United States (map)

Join us for a reading with Francesca Bell, author of Bright Stain, Ace Boggess, author of Ultra Deep Field, & Jim Peterson, author of the forthcoming Speech Minus Applause, moderated by Doug Lawson. Free & open to the public.

Francesca Bell is very unusual as a poet in that she did not graduate from middle school, high school or college and hold no degrees. Her poems have appear in many journals, including ELLE, New Ohio Review, North American Review, Prairie Schooner and Rattle. She is the board chair of the Marin Poetry Center and the former poetry editor of River Styx.

Jim Peterson has published four full-length collections of petry—The Man Who Grew Silent (The Bench Press 1989), An Afternoon With K (Holocene Press 1996), The Owning Stone (Red Hen Press 2000, 2012), and the Bob and Weave (Red Hen Press 2006). His poems have appeared in such journals as Poetry, Georgia Review, Shenandoah, etc. He is on the faculty of the University of Nebraska MFA Program in Creative Writing, and he is Coordinator of Creative Writing/Writer in Residence at Randolph College in Lynchburg, Virginia. Jim's latest book, Speech Minus Applause (Press 53), is out February 14, 2019.


Ace Boggess is a freelance writer and editor living in Charleston, West Virginia. He spent five years in a West Virginia penitentiary, during which he wrote the poems that became his first poetry collection, The Prisoners (Brick Road, 2014). He has worked as a reporter, a customer-service rep for a phone bank, a sales clerk in record store with accompanying head shop and adult room, and security guard. His writing has appeared in hundreds of journals. He received a fellowship from the West Virginia Commission on the Arts.

Doug Lawson’s writing has appeared in numerous literary publications, including Glimmer Train Stories, the Sycamore ReviewPassages North, repeatedly in the Mississippi Review, and has received an Honorable Mention from the O. Henry Awards and a Notable Story citation from the Best American Short Stories anthology. He's won Glimmer Train's Fiction Open contest, and received a Transatlantic Review Award in fiction and a fellowship in fiction from the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities. His second collection of short fiction, Bigfoots in Paradise, is out from Red Hen Press in October 2018.