Phoebe Literary Journal Reading - Presented by phoebe

Monday, September 21st 7:30 p.m. via Zoom

About the Event

Join phoebe literary journal for a reading from a select group of recently published writers. Jocelyn Johnson will read from her upcoming debut collection, My Monticello, five short stories and a novella all set in Virginia. Phoebe’s 2020 Nonfiction award winner, Kira Homsher, will read from her work, which has also garnered her a Shirly Jackson award nomination. 2021 is shaping up to be a great year for poet Irene Cooper with the release of not only a collection of poetry but also a speculative spyfy novel. Finally, continuing phoebe’s 50th-anniversary celebration, special guest Bradley Bazzle will return to read from his upcoming collection, Fathers of Cambodian Time-Travel Science, due in October from C&R Press.

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About Bradley Bazzle

Bradley Bazzle is the author of the novel Trash Mountain (Red Hen, 2018) and the story collection Fathers of Cambodian Time-Travel Science, due in October from C&R Press. In addition to Phoebe (41.2, “The Case Against Dr. Smetana”), his short stories appear in The Missouri Review, The Iowa Review, New England Review, Epoch, and elsewhere. He lives with his wife and daughter in Athens, Georgia. Find him at

About Jocelyn Nicole Johnson

Jocelyn Nicole Johnson’s stories or essays have appeared or are forthcoming in Best American Short Stories (2018), The Guardian, Guernica, phoebe, Shenandoah, Prime Number Magazine and elsewhere. My Monticello, a debut of five short stories and a novella, all set in Virginia, sharing themes of lost and found belonging and freighted inheritance, will be published in 2021 by Henry Holt in the US and Harvill Secker in the UK. A public school art teacher for 20 years, Jocelyn lives and writes in Charlottesville, Virginia. Find her at

About Irene Cooper

Irene Cooper’s poems, stories and reviews appear online and in print. She writes copy, facilitates creative writing workshops in community, in educational settings, and at a regional prison, and co-edits The Stay Project. Committal, a speculative spyfy novel about family, is out from Vegetarian Alcoholic Press in September 2020. spare change: poems is forthcoming from Finishing Line Press in 2021. A psychological thriller set in a Colorado resort town is in the can. Irene lives with her people and a corgi in Oregon.

About Kira Homsher

A Philadelphia native, Kira Homsher is currently an MFA candidate at Virginia Tech. She won Phoebe Journal’s 2020 Nonfiction Contest and was short-listed for CRAFT’s Flash Fiction contest. Her writing also appears in SmokeLong Quarterly, Ghost City Review, and others. You can find her at

About phoebe

Phoebe is George Mason University’s graduate literary and arts journal, publishing original poetry, prose, and visual art since 1971. Phoebe insists that reading can be both vigorously intellectual and entertaining, and prides itself on supporting up-and-coming writers whose style, form, voice, and subject matter demonstrate a vigorous appeal to the senses, intellect, and emotions of its readers. Phoebe editors choose writers’ work that succeeds at its goals, regardless of whether those goals are to uphold or challenge literary tradition.


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