Helicon West will host poet Shanan Ballam as featured reader on Thursday, February 11, 2010, 7 PM, at True Aggie Cafe´, 117 North Main, Logan. An open microphone session will follow the reading. Potential readers are encouraged to arrive twenty minutes early to sign up, as space is limited.

Shanan will read from her chapbook, The Red Riding Hood Papers, a collection of poems in the voices of the characters from the original fairy tale. The chapbbook will be released by Finishing Line Press in August 2010. Shanan’s poetry has recently been recognized by publications such as Calyx, A Journal of Art and Literature by Women; Cream City Review; Spoon River Poetry Review; Tar River Poetry; Indiana Review; South Dakota Review; Sow’s Ear Poetry Review; and Poetry Now. Poems are forthcoming in Whistling Shade and American Poetry Journal.

Editors have selected her work for its fresh take on figures of myth and fairy tale, and for its close-to-the-bone look at mothers, daughters, and sisters of today’s precarious world. Her narrative style cuts through the façade of cultural norms and plumbs the underworld of human nature. Her language is candid, vibrant, dark, and redeeming. Shanan has recently been named a finalist for the 2010 May Swenson Poetry Award. She teaches composition, literature, and poetry writing for the USU English Department, and is assistant director of the intermediate writing program for 2010-11.

As always, Helicon West is free and open to the public. For more information or to pre-order Shanan’s book, contact


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