The next installment of the Avid Poetry Series will take place on May 15, 2015, from 6:30pm - 7:30pm at Avid Bookshop. There is no admission charge.ESTHER LEEEsther Lee is a poet, essayist, and letterpress fanatic. She is the author of Spit (2011), winner of the Elixir Press Poetry Prize, and her chapbook, BLANK MISSIVES (Trafficker Press, 2007). Her writing, visual art, collaborations, and book arts projects have appeared in Ploughshares, Crazyhorse, Verse Daily, DIAGRAM, Hyphen, The Normal School, Born Magazine, Salt Hill, Lantern Review, Good Foot, Swink, and elsewhere. A Kundiman Fellow, she received her M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Indiana University where she served as Editor-in-Chief for Indiana Review, and a Ph.D. from the University of Utah. Her honors and awards include the Elinor Benedict Poetry Prize, Snowcroft Prose Prize, and Utah Writer’s Contest Award for Poetry selected by Brenda Shaughnessy, as well as three Pushcart Prize nominations. XHENET ALIUCalled "extremely funny and mordant" by author Sherman Alexie, Xhenet Aliu's debut fiction collection, Domesticated Wild Things won the Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Fiction and was published in September 2013. Her fiction and essays have appeared in journals such as Glimmer Train, Hobart, The Barcelona Review, Necessary Fiction, American Short Fiction, and elsewhere, and she has received multiple scholarships from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, a grant from The Elizabeth George Foundation, and a fellowship from the Djerassi Resident Artists Program, among other awards. A native of Waterbury, Connecticut, she currently lives in Athens, Georgia, after recent stints in New York City, North Carolina, Montana, and Utah. TIMOTHY O'KEEFETimothy O’Keefe’s first book, The Goodbye Town, won the FIELD Poetry Prize and was published by Oberlin College Press in 2011. His poems and lyric essays have appeared in The American Poetry Review, Boston Review, Colorado Review, Denver Quarterly, New American Writing, Seneca Review, VOLT, and elsewhere. He teaches writing and literature at Piedmont College, where he also curates the Piedmont Arts Collective. He lives in Athens, Georgia.