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Cincinnati writers to read at this week’s Antioch Fireside

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The fourth in a series of fireside readings at Antioch College features three young creative writers pursuing their PhDs at the University of Cincinnati — Rachel Steiger-Meister, Katherine Zlabek and Michelle Burke.

They will read on Sunday, March 6, at 2 p.m. at the Coretta Scott King Center on the Antioch campus.

Rachel Steiger-Meister recently moved from Yellow Springs, where her parents Mark Meister and Carla Steiger still reside. She is the recipient of awards for excellence in scholarship and creative writing from Brown and Wright State Universities and has read her fiction at literary events in Boston, Providence and Pittsburgh.

Steiger-Meister received an MA in Literature from Wright State University in 2010 and a BA in Gender Studies from Brown University, where she completed a creative thesis called, “Queer Fairy Tales,” a re-telling of fairy tales and folk tales for queer women readers. Steiger-Meister last month presented a critical literary paper at the 18th annual Lesbian Lives Conference in Brighton, England and is seeking her PhD in both creative writing and comparative literature from the University of Cincinnati.

Katherine Zlabek recently received her MFA from Western Michigan University. While there, she won the Frostic Fiction Award, judged by Sarah Shun-lien Bynum, as well as an honorable mention for her poetry in a contest judged by David Dodd Lee. Her work has previously appeared in The Madison Review, JMWW, Oxford Magazine, SAGA, The Rectangle and the anthology World Lives, Prairie Living. Zlabek is currently working on two collections of short stories while pursuing her PhD at the University of  Cincinnati. She plans on reading a story titled, “Let The Rivers Clap Their Hands.”

Michelle Y. Burke is a scholar and poet currently pursuing her doctorate in English literature. Her poems have appeared in Spoon River Poetry Review, Hotel Amerika, Lake Effect, the New Orleans Review, and Yemassee. Her chapbook, Horse Loquela, was published by the Alabama School of Fine Arts (2008).

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