Yellow Door Gallery

Creative Writer's Read: A Special Salon

7:30 PM
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Join us for Yellow Door Gallery's

Creative Writer's Read event on

Saturday, March 24

from 7:30pm to 9pm

Join Yellow Door Gallery for a a night of spoken word, featuring  Ryan Ridge (currently of Salt Lake, City), Nathan Parker (currently of  Alabama), Greg Brownderville (currently of Texas) and Abraham Smith (currently of Utah). Get a chance to meet these talented writers, buy their books, and get their John Hancocks!

Salon Details: Attendance is capped at 65 and the suggested donation per person is $5. Desserts, wine + beer will be served and a BYO libation or morsel to share is always commendable.

Their (incredibly impressive) bios follow:

Ryan Ridge is the author of four books, most recently Second Acts in American Lives, a collection of stories coauthored with Mel Bosworth, which was released by Alternating Current Press in 2018. His writing has appeared in dozens of print and online journals, as well as several anthologies. In 2016, Ridge received the Italo Calvino Prize in Fabulist Fiction judged by Jonathan Lethem. An assistant professor at Weber State University, he lives in Salt Lake City, Utah, and edits the literary magazine Juked.

Nathan Parker holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of Alabama, where he now works as a full-time Instructor. In 2012 he was featured in American Poets magazine for their Emerging Poets Series, and his first book, The Locust Diagrams, was published in 2015 by Noemi Press. His poems have appeared widely in journals such as American Letters & Commentary, Colorado Review, Conduit, DIAGRAM, FIELD, jubilat, Octopus, Poem-a-Day, Typo, and other places. He lives with his wife and three children in Northport, Alabama.

Greg Brownderville is the author of three books of poetry: A Horse with Holes in It, Gust, and Deep Down in the Delta. An associate professor of English at SMU, he directs the Creative Writing program and edits the Southwest Review. 

Abraham Smith is the author of four poetry collections from Action Books: Ashagalomancy (2015); Only Jesus Could Icefish in Summer (2014); Hank (2010); and Whim Man Mammon (2007). In 2015, he released Hick Poetics (Lost Roads Press), a co-edited anthology of contemporary rural American poetry and related essays. He is the recipient of fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center and the Alabama State Council on the Arts. Tuskaloosa Kills, a prose patchwork co-written with Scott McWaters, is forthcoming in March from Spork Books. Destruction of Man, his book-length poem about farming, is forthcoming in April from Third Man Books. Smith teaches poetry at Weber State University.

Note: First and last photo shown by Karla Conrad

What is a Salon?

Since the late 17th century, salons have brought people together to amuse one another and refine the taste and increase the knowledge of the participants through both cultural and intellectual conversations. Yellow Door Gallery salons exist much in the same way: as a place and forum that brings people together through shared experiences with visual, aural and performance art.

Salon Details:

  • Attendance is capped at 65 and the suggested donation per person is $5. All proceeds benefit the performers directly.
  • Light snacks, wine + beer are always provided, but a BYO libation or morsel to share is always commendable.‚Äč

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Yellow Door Gallery

2121 Wakonda Drive
Des Moines, Iowa 50321
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