The Poetry Night Reading Series welcomes poets Briony Gylgayton and Patricia Killelea at 8 p.m. Thursday, June 16, at the John Natsoulas Gallery, 521 First St. in downtown Davis.
A recent graduate of UC Davis, Gylgayton has won multiple awards for her writing, including placing second for the University of California systemwide 2010 Ina Coolbrith Memorial Poetry Prize, and placing for both creative writing categories in the 2010 Pamela Maus Contest for Creative Writing, winning first in fiction and second in poetry.
Her creative writing honors thesis, a manuscript of poetry about psychological disorders, was awarded the 2010 Elliot Gilbert Memorial Prize for Best Undergraduate Honors Creative Work. Gylgayton will begin her master of fine arts degree in creative writing at the University of Iowa Writers Workshop in August.
Killelea is the author of the new poetry collection “Other Suns,” available from Swan Scythe Press (2011). Originally from the Bay Area, Killelea has placed her poems in The Seizure State, The Tule Review and Suisun Valley Review, among others. She is a doctoral student in Native American studies at UCD and holds a master’s degree in English and creative writing, also from UCD. She has taught the Introduction to Native American Literature course at UCD since fall 2009.
The readings will be followed by an opportunity at the open mike. For more information, visit http://www.poetryindavis.com.