Join us virtually for a conversation with Jeremy Griffin and Jordan Rice, joined by editor Luke Hankins of Orison Books. Jeremy Griffin is the author of Oceanography, a story collection published by Orison in September 2019. Joining him in conversation is poet Jordan Rice, author of Constellarium, also published by Orison in 2016. Editor Luke Hankins will join us for this special event with these two accomplished authors.
In Oceanography, his second story collection, Jeremy Griffin hovers like a loving but non-interventionist angel over the lives of characters at their most fragile, as they find within themselves unknown reservoirs of strength. These profound stories are marked by wisdom about hope and loss of hope, about attempts at healing on the paths of wounding.
Jeremy Griffin is originally from Louisiana. He received his MFA in Fiction from Virginia Tech. He is the author of a collection of short fiction, A Last Resort for Desperate People (Stephen F. Austin State University Press). His stories, poems, and book reviews have appeared in such journals as Blackbird, Greensboro Review, Indiana Review, Iowa Review, Mid-American Review, and Shenandoah, among others. He was the 2017 Prose Fellow for the South Carolina Arts Commission, and he teaches at Coastal Carolina University, where he serves as faculty fiction editor for Waccamaw: A Journal of Contemporary Literature.
Constellarium chronicles the author's gender transition from biological male to female, and engages the ontological quandaries that arise from this experience. Family history and religious heritage must be reckoned with along the way. In Rice's poems, the evolving nature of the self, the fluidity of identity, and the lasting influence of the past are all held up to the soul's penetrating gaze.
Jordan Rice is co-editor of the anthology Voices of Transgender Parents (Transgress Press, 2015). Her poems have been selected for the Indiana Review Poetry Prize by Aimee Nezhukumatathil, the Gulf Coast Poetry Prize by Natasha Trethewey, the Yellowwood Poetry Prize from Yalobusha Review by Beth Anne Fennelley, the Richard Peterson Poetry Prize from Crab Orchard Review, the Milton-Kessler Memorial Prize from Harpur Palate, and an AWP Intro Journals Award. Her poems have also been anthologized in Writing the Walls Down: A Convergence of LGBTQ Voices, Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics, The Southern Poetry Anthology: Volume V, Best New Poets (2008 & 2011), A Face to Meet the Faces: An Anthology of Contemporary Persona Poetry, and Best of the Web 2009. Rice received an M.F.A. from Virginia Commonwealth University and a Ph.D. from Western Michigan University, where she served as Associate Editor for New Issues Poetry & Prose and as an Assistant Poetry Editor for Third Coast.