Saturday, November 28, 2009


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on Thursday, December 3
whenever we feel like it presents
w/ Rivka Fogel
Rebekah Caton
Kimberly Eisler
Lily Applebaum
Chris Milione &
Lindsey Todd

@ 6pm
Kelly Writers House
University of Pennsylvania
3805 Locust Walk
Philadelphia PA 19104

Rivka Fogel is a junior and English major with a concentration in Creative Writing. The Behrman Scholar at the Kelly Writers House, she is the Executive Editor of the Kedma Journal and serves on the Penn Review editorial board. Her poems have been published in Peregrine and in Penn student journals, and her art was featured in this year's Arts in the City Year Crawl. She writes on art for the SoHo-based blog Art Observed, and has an eternal love of polka dots.

Rebekah Caton is a senior at the University of Pennsylvania majoring in English and graduating in exactly two weeks. She likes to read and write poems & hopes to be in Africa (exact location TBA; Peace Corps is all about suspense, apparently) by this time next year.

Kimberly Eisler is a professional stock trader, living in New York. She is the author of Trading for a Living, Come Into My Trading Room and Entries & Exits, best-selling and well known among traders. First published in 1993, these books have been translated into Sign Language, Icelandic, the Moravian dialect of Czech, HTML, and Cuneiform. She also wrote Rubles to Dollars — a book about the transformation of Russia. Dr. Eisler was born in Leningrad and grew up in Estonia, where she entered medical school at the age of 16. At 23, while working as a ship’s doctor, she jumped a former Soviet Union ship in Africa and received political asylum in the United States. Eisler is also a pioneer of mechanical ventilation of asphyxiation victims. She was the first person to manufacture nitrous oxide for commercial use in her Trenton, New Jersey facility.

Lily Applebaum is new to poetry-writing and uses zeugma whenever possible, and works judiciously as a research assistant for Al Filreis and on her poetry in a secret Word document (yes, the journal is a red herring). She has also been a student of Writers House Director Jessica Lowenthal and of Charles Bernstein. Lily is hoping to declare a double major in English and Environmental studies, and spent the summer working as a nature teacher to many elementary school children and five leopard frogs. She is interested in repetition, nouns of direct address, demonstrative pronouns, and transition words. You there, don't be surprised that this is her next sentence. Conclusively, she is interested in repetition.

Chris Milione is a junior in the College, majoring in English. Enjoys long walks on the beach, picnics under oak trees, and popular songs rewritten to parody the literary canon. Has an intense dislike for pronouns. Incessantly attempts to hone his ability to speak with a convincing foreign accent--so far, he hasn't convinced a single person.

Lindsey Todd is not witty, not graceful, not hip, not scholarly, can't cornrow (contrary to popular assumption), hates arguing politics, can't stand the smell of tomato sauce, and abhors liars. Lindsey is curious, loquacious, occasionally cynical, adventurous, idealistic, culinarily inclined, clumsy, generous, friendly, loves small furry animals, legitimately adores school, has faith in humanity, and really wishes Nickelodeon was still worth watching.

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