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eMerge: Spring 2023 Virtual Reading

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eMerge: Spring 2023 Virtual Reading
eMerge: Spring 2023 Virtual Reading

Time & Location

Apr 28, 2023, 7:00 PM

Virtual Event


About the event

Celebrating eMerge: Spring 2023!

Join us as writers from our online literary magazine, eMerge, read their works. This event will be held through Zoom, RSVP below to receive the link to attend. There will be the option to make a suggested donation of $5-$10 in order to continue funding eMerge for 2024. We hope to see you there!

Featured readers:

Raquel Lesser graduated from Manhattanville College with a Bachelors degree in digital media. She has written five books, one of which she wrote when she was only 16. She is an alumni of the Yale Writers' Workshop.

Mary C. Lewis has been an enthusiastic participant in the communications process for more than 40 years. A 1976 graduate of Oberlin College, her career began in 1977 when she became managing editor of Ebony Jr! magazine of Johnson Publishing Company. In 1980 she became a freelance writer and editor. She’s written articles on young Black men, the making of the King holiday, and a renovated Apollo-like theatre in Chicago, for Emerge magazine. Her nonfiction book Herstory was published in 1988, and her essays are among those in anthologies published by Seal Press, Beacon Press, and The University of Georgia Press. More recently, Lewis has published short fiction in the winter 2023 and summer 2021 issues of eMerge. She’s currently working on a historical novel.

John L. Swainston started writing poetry to cope with feelings of isolation during COVID.  He learned the craft by taking Zoom classes in poetry and writing at Turning Point, a support organization.  His first published poem was by Journal of Expressive Writing. He is a Member of the Journal of Expressive Writing, Mystic Poet Society, The Writers Place, and The Kansas City Writers Group.  He has had other poem published with three awards: a poem in Veterans’

Voices – received Editor’s Choice Award. His first book of poems, Memory Box, was published spring 2022 ( He is a retired Finance Executive, College Adjunct Professor,

and Army Veteran. 

Antonia Love is originally from Houston, Texas. After living a fast paced lifestyle for 45 years, she moved to NW Arkansas in 2003 for the pristine and challenging natural environment of the Ozark forests. Now she is  a retired teacher of 36 years, and is working on her writing projects. She is a member of the Ozark Mountain Poets and Poet’s Roundtable of Arkansas. She has enjoyed reading her poetry at open mic opportunities around NW Arkansas for many years.

Treziel Mae Mayores is a student from the Philippines who likes getting lost in her thoughts. She loves the rainy season but treats the sun as her muse. She also spends most of her time writing on her blog called Ramblification when she’s not busy cuddling her cat. You can reach her on her twitter account @the_meiyor and say hi.

F.C. Shultz is an author and poet whose work has appeared in Every Day Fiction, the Of Gods and Globes anthology, Ekstasis Magazine, and others. He loves writing stories that place one fantasy element into an otherwise realistic world. He's published four fiction books, and two poetry collections. He’s the poetry editor for The Joplin Toad and lives in the Midwest with his wife and two kids.

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