The Regulator Bookshop welcomes Wayne Johns, Ina Cariño and Emilia Phillips for an evening of poetry as part of its Poetry Series; offered with the generous support of Jacar Press. Authors’ works will be available for purchase and signing at the event. Free and open to the public.
Wayne Johns’ first book, Antipsalm, received the Editor’s Choice prize in Unicorn Press’ First Book Series and Honorable Mention for the 2019 Brockman-Campbell Award from the North Carolina Poetry Society for the best book by a NC writer. He is also the author of two chapbooks, The Exclusion Zone, which received the Rane Arroyo prize from Seven Kitchens Press, and An Invisible Veil Between Us, selected by David Trinidad for the Frank O’Hara chapbook prize. His poems have appeared in Best New Poets, New England Review, Ploughshares, Image, and Prairie Schooner, among others. A former Lambda Literary Fellow in fiction, and Kingsbury Fellow at Florida State University, a recent short story can be found in Every True Pleasure: LGBTQ Tales of North Carolina (UNC Press, 2019). You can find him online at https://wayne-johns.com/
Josephine “Ina” Cariño was born in Baguio City in the Philippines. The name “Baguio” is derived from the native Ibaloi word for “moss.” Ina grew up surrounded by nature and indigenous culture, which was tempered, or perhaps augmented, by the sense of cultural chimeras, such as American Saturday morning cartoons dubbed in Tagalog, and YMCA buildings decorated with tribal carvings. Immigrating to the U.S. at ten, Cariño has since struggled with the denial of her dual existence as an Asian and as an American. As a poet, and as the child of a poet … Ina feels that art is perhaps the only viable tool people like her can use to work against the negation that she and other people of color experience on a daily basis. Her work appears in New England Review, The Oxford Review of Books, Fugue, Tupelo Quarterly, Nat. Brut, Sakura Review, VIDA Review, Raleigh Review, and December Magazine, among other journals. She holds an MFA in creative writing from N.C. State and was a 2019 Kundiman fellow.
Emilia Phillips (she/her/hers) is the author of three poetry collections from from the University of Akron Press, most recently Empty Clip (2018), and four chapbooks, including Hemlock (Diode Editions, 2019). Her poems and lyric essays appear widely in literary publications including Agni, American Poetry Review, The Kenyon Review, New England Review, Ploughshares, Poetry, and elsewhere. She’s an assistant professor in the MFA Writing Program and the Department of English at UNC-Greensboro.