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Treehouse Reading Series: Megan Burns, Gillian Devereux, Cheyenne Taylor, Matthew Layne

  • Vestavia Hills Public Library 1221 Montgomery Highway Vestavia Hills, AL, 35216 United States (map)

A hoard of cicadas, I mean poets, descends upon the Vestavia Hills Library the day after the fireworks:

Gillian Devereux received her MFA in Poetry from Old Dominion University. She is the author of Focus on Grammar (dancing girl press, 2012) and They Used to Dance on Saturday Nights (Aforementioned Productions, 2011), and her poems have appeared in numerous publications, including apt, Pith, Delirious Hem, The Midwest Quarterly, The Rain, Party, and Disaster Society, Sundog Lit, Boog City, and Printer’s Devil Review. Follow her on Twitter (@fromthistles) or Tumblr neomodernmix.tumblr.com

Megan Burns is the publisher at Trembling Pillow Press. She also hosts the Blood Jet Poetry Reading Series in New Orleans and is the co-founder of the New Orleans Poetry Festival. She has two books: Memorial + Sight Lines (2008) and Sound and Basin (2013) published by Lavender Ink. She has two recent chapbooks: Dollbaby (Horseless Press, 2013) and i always wanted to start over (Nous-Zot Press, 2014). Her third book, Commitment, was published in 2015. Horse Less Press released her Twin Peaks chap, Sleepwalk With Me, in 2016.

Cheyenne Taylor received her BA and MA in English from her hometown university, UAB, where she concentrated on creative writing and poetic form. This fall, she will begin her MFA in Poetry at the University of Florida. For the past two years, she has been a public librarian, a writing center tutor, and a freelancer. Her work has appeared in The Cincinnati Review, Waccamaw, Southern Women's Journal, and others.

Matthew Layne is the President of Bare Hands, Inc which creates Birmingham's Annual Day of the Dead Festival. He is also the Young Adult Librarian at Emmet O’Neal Library and editor of Birmingham’s Steel Toe Review.