Last updateWed, 28 Jan 2015 12pm

Poets will do readings and writing workshop

    Two Louisiana poets—who also happen to be married—will be coming to the area for a poetry reading and writing workshop in June, as part of the Steelville Arts Council’s artist in residence program.

    Ashley Mace Havird and David Havird, of Shreveport, La., are both published poets, as well as teachers of writing and literature. And both writers have new collections of poetry either recently published or soon to be.
    The couple will be guests of the arts council for a period in the month of June, staying in the Evans House, a historic home in Steelville that was renovated to serve as a temporary residence for visiting artists.
    The Havirds will hold a public reading of their poetry at Gallery Zeke, located at 106 East Main Street in downtown Steelville. The reading of their work takes place on Friday, June 20 at 7:30 p.m. The public is invited to this free admission event.
    The following day, on Saturday, June 21, the couple will lead a writing workshop at Gallery Zeke at 2 p.m. Bring multiple copies of your short form material (or an excerpt of a longer form piece), so that it can be workshopped and discussed in a small group format. Also bring your questions for the Havirds about poetry, poetry writing, or just writing in general.
    Ashley Mace Havird has written three collections of poems. Her most recent book, THE GARDEN OF THE FUGITIVES, won the 2013 X. J. Kennedy Prize and will be published by the Texas Review Press in 2014. Her chapbook, DIRT EATERS (2009), won the South Carolina Poetry Initiative Series Prize; and SLEEPING WITH ANIMALS (2013), was published by Yellow Flag Press of Lafayette, Louisiana.  Her widely published poems and short stories have appeared in such journals as SHENANDOAH, SOUTHERN HUMANITIES REVIEW, SOUTHERN POETRY REVIEW, THE SOUTHERN REVIEW, THE TEXAS REVIEW, and THE VIRGINIA QUARTERLY REVIEW.
    Awards for her work include a 2002 Louisiana Division of the Arts Fellowship in Literature and two Shreveport Regional Arts Council Fellowships in Literature. She has taught Creative Writing at Centenary College of Louisiana and in the University of Virginia’s Division of Continuing Education.  At present, she teaches Creative Writing to children at the Renzi Education and Art Center in Shreveport, Louisiana.
    David Havird, a native of Columbia, South Carolina, is the author of two collections of poems, MAP HOME (Texas Review Press, 2013) and the chapbook PENELOPE’S DESIGN (Texas Review Press, 2010), winner of the 2009 Robert Phillips Poetry Chapbook Prize.  His poems have appeared in journals such as AGNI, THE NEW YORKER, POETRY, SEWANEE REVIEW, SHENANDOAH, SOUTHWEST REVIEW, TEXAS REVIEW, YALE REVIEW, and online at POETRY DAILY. 
    He has published articles on such Southern authors as James Dickey (in JAMES DICKEY NEWSLETTER [online], SOUTHERN LITERARY JOURNAL, and VIRGINIA QUARTERLY REVIEW), Flannery O’Connor, Elizabeth Spencer, and Allen Tate. 
    Havird earned his PhD at the University of Virginia with a dissertation on Thomas Hardy. Since 1988 he has been a member of the English faculty at Centenary College of Louisiana in Shreveport, where he originated the John William Corrington Award for Literary Excellence, whose inaugural recipient was Eudora Welty.
    The Steelville Arts Council is a nonprofit, 501c3 organization dedicated to supporting the arts and artists in the south-central Missouri region. Its artist in residence program is designed to bring visiting artists to work and demonstrate in the Steelville community.