June 10, Wine, Cheese, and the Spoken Word, Featured Poet Olive Hemmings

 

Olive Hemmings, who holds a Ph.D. in Theology, Ethics, and Culture from Claremont Graduate University, has taught at Northern Caribbean University in Jamaica and currently teaches at Washington Adventist University in Maryland in the areas of Bible; New Testament Greek; World Religions; Social, Biblical, and Theological Ethics; and Dogmatic Theology. She is an ordained Seventh Day Adventist minister. Olive will share essays on her travels in Africa and the Caribbean.

July 8, Wine, Cheese, and the Spoken Word, Featured Poet Peter Martin Junker

Peter Martin Junker, a native of Phoenix, Arizona, studied religion at Arizona State and received an MFA in creative writing from the Writers’ Workshop at the University of Iowa. After working as an editor in museum publications at The Art Institute of Chicago, he had a long career in nonprofit development as a grantwriter and marketing communications specialist. His work aims for the broadest possible range of storytelling within the strictures of a narrow, obsessively controlled form. His idiosyncratic poems—each limited to just 100 syllables—bring music and meaning into focus like curios displayed under crystal. Humor, poignancy, and surprise imbue his writing, whether the subject is a rodeo cowboy’s prayer, a lover’s complaint, or the unruly companion that is bipolar disorder