MFA Reading Series ft. Gussie Beaver, Tim Fab-Eme, Emiliano Gomez, Alaina Johansson, & Jamjun Rorsoongnern


Location: Riley Hall Gallery 214

Come listen to the first MFA reading of the semester on Wednesday, October 12th. Readers include Gussie Beaver, Tim Fab-Eme, Emiliano Gomez, Alaina Johansson, and Jamjun Rorsoongnern.

Gussie Beaver received her B.A. in English from Duquesne University in 2022, Summa Cum Laude. She was the 2021 recipient of the O’Donnell Undergraduate Research Award and the Carroll Creative Writing Scholarship. This enabled her to attend the Elk Rivers Writer’s workshop in Livingston, Montana. She was a Duquesne University Writing Center consultant. Gussie was featured in Duquesne’s alumni magazine Much Ado and was the treasurer of the Duquesne Poet’s Society. Her work has been published multiple times in the literary magazine Lexicon. She is interested in the personification of animals and objects and experimenting with formation. Her favorite poets are Emily Dickinson and e. e. cummings.

Tim Fab-Eme is an engineer and poet who experiments with poetic forms on environmental and social justice themes. He’s the Issue 7 poetry editor of Reckoning: Creative Writing on Environmental Justice, and Cove Park’s 2022 funded writer-in-residence on climate action. Tim loves exploring nature, gardening, and fishing in the mangrove swamps of his island home, Egun-Okom (Ogonokom). His work has appeared in The Malahat Review, The Fiddlehead, Magma, New Welsh Reader, About Place Journal, Reckoning: Creative Writing on Environmental Justice, Channel: Ireland’s Environmental Literary Journal; apt, Planet in Crisis Anthology, Deep Wild Journal: Writing from the Backcountry, Land and Territory Anthology, Delmarva Review, FIYAH, The Future of Black: An Afrofuturism & Black Comics Poetry Anthology, Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review, FU Review, The Maine Review, etc. His other projects center on the lore, myth, and experiences of marginalized folks and communities.

Emiliano Gomez came to life in Yuba City, California, was reared in Marysville, California. With the Yuba-Sutter Arts Foundation, he received a 2022 Impact Grant via the California Arts Council. He graduated UCLA in English B.A. completing his thesis with Brian Stefans, and Linguistics & French with a specialization in Computing B.A. He attends the MFA for Poetry at the University of Notre Dame.

Alaina Johansson was a middle school track coach. She lives with her dog, Brigit.

Jamjun Rorsoongnern is a ลูกครึ่ง (Thai american) writer gripped by the musings of nondiscursive knowledge building. At times, their writing dons normative white religious aesthetics in a subversive exploration of sensuality & disidentification. Admittedly a theory nerd, she finds herself fangirling over Barthes, Vuong, Muñoz, Baldwin, & Derrida. Jam writes towards literary/linguistic openings in hopes of creating liminal utopias/liberation/depths with their reading/cultivated communities.