I am happy to have been invited to participate in the First Annual Lost River Writer’s Retreat that culminated in this Cabin Reads reading event.



JUNE 23, 6-7:30, free event
Join us for our first edition of CABIN READS, a recurring literary event between the mountains and the river, where we invite the book-loving community to engage with authors and illustrators about their published works and works in progress.
This month we are very excited to host the six writers representing the LOST RIVER WRITER’S RETREAT. Each writer will read for approximately 10 minutes. The group includes:
IMG_1064DeMisty D. Bellinger has an MFA from Southampton College in New York and a Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska. Her fiction, poetry, and essays can be found in many places, including Forklift, Ohio; Driftless Review; Specter Magazine; Former People and Necessary Fiction. DeMisty teaches creative writing, African American literature, and women, gender, and sexuality studies at Fitchburg State University in Massachusetts. She lives in Fitchburg with her husband and twin daughters.
IMG_1081John Copenhaver is a fiction writer, mystery buff, and weekend resident of Lost River. Last year, he won the Larry Neal Writers’ Award for fiction,and launched a new crime fiction column for the Lambda Literary website called “Blacklight.” He placed as a quarterfinalist in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award for his first novel. He also was awarded a 2015 Artist Fellowship from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities and completed his most recent novel, Empty Spaces, while in residence at Ragdale, VCCA, and VSC. His fiction has appeared recently in Glitterwolf Magazine and Gaslight.
IMG_1068Kate Hattemer is the author of the young adult novels The Land of 10,000 Madonnas and The Vigilante Poets of Selwyn Academy, which was named a best book of the year by the American Library Association, Kirkus, Bustle, and the LA Public Library. A native of Cincinnati, she now writes and teaches high school Latin in the DC metro area.
IMG_1073Jessica Hendry Nelson is the author of If Only You People Could Follow Directions (Counterpoint Press, February 2014), which was selected as a best debut book by the Indies Introduce New Voices program, the Indies Next List by the American Booksellers’ Association, named a Best Book of 2014 by Kirkus Review, and was a finalist for the 2015 Vermont Book Award. Her work has appeared in The Threepenny Review, Tin House, The Los Angeles Review of Books, The Carolina Quarterly, Prairie Schooner, Columbia Journal, Crab Orchard Review, PANK, The Rumpus, Drunken Boat and many others. She teaches writing at Champlain College and the low-residency MFA program at the University of Nebraska in Omaha. She serves as the Managing & Nonfiction editor of Green Mountains Review.
IMG_1066Kara Waite is a freelance writer and English instructor living in Boston, MA. She’s a graduate of the MFA program at the University of Arizona, where she held the Beverly Rogers Fellowship. Kara is working on a novel, Love Is Our Poison, and a memoir, Weightless. Her work has appeared in The Manifestation and a variety of anthologies including Roadside Curiosities: Stories on American Popular Culture (Picador, 2013).


CluTtWRWQAEH73BNoah Stetzer is a graduate of The MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College and also a scholarship recipient from the Lambda Literary Retreat for Emerging LGBT Writers & from the Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference. His poems have appeared in various journals including: James Franco Review, The Collagist, The Volta, Tinderbox, & Phantom Press. His chapbook *Because I Can See Needing a Knife* (Red Bird) will be published in 2016. Noah is the community manager at Bull City Press


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