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Everything Is Bigger presents: J. Scott Brownlee, Kristin George Bagdanov, Michael Mlekoday, Autumn Hayes & Jay Byrd

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Everything is Bigger says wassup to 2016. Come out to the first EIB shindig of the year, complete with a jam-packed lineup: J. Scott Brownlee, Kristin George Bagdanov, Michael Mlekoday, Autumn Hayes, and Jay Byrd

Cheer Up Charlie's
Thursday, 1/7
Doors at 7 pm / Show at 7:30 pm
Bring cash for books and donation please!

J. Scott Brownlee is a poet from Llano, Texas. His work appears widely and includes the chapbooks Highway or Belief, Ascension, and On the Occasion of the Last Old Camp Meeting in Llano County. His first full-length collection, Requiem for Used Ignition Cap, was a finalist for the National Poetry Series and selected by C. Dale Young as the winner of the 2015 Orison Poetry Prize. Brownlee is a founding member of The Localists. He teaches for Brooklyn Poets as a core faculty member and is a former Writers in the Public Schools Fellow at NYU, where he earned his MFA. Brownlee currently lives in Philadelphia. More at

Kristin George Bagdanov earned her M.F.A in poetry from Colorado State University in Fort Collins, CO. She is currently a student in U.C. Davis’s PhD program in Literature. Her chapbook, We Are Mostly Water, was published in 2012 by Finishing Line Press and is available from Finishing Line Press. She is the poetry editor of Ruminate Magazine. More at

Michael Mlekoday is the author of The Dead Eat Everything (Kent State University Press, 2014), selected by Dorianne Laux as the winner of the 2012 Stan and Tom Wick Poetry Prize. In 2009, Mlekoday won the National Poetry Slam as a member of the St. Paul team, and returned the following year to coach the team to its second championship. Mlekoday's poems have appeared in Ploughshares, Ninth Letter, The Cincinnati Review, PANK, and other journals. Mlekoday holds an MFA in creative writing at Indiana University and is currently pursuing a PhD at U.C. Davis. Additionally, Mlekoday serves as Editor of Exploding Pinecone Press, an imprint of Button Poetry. More at

Autumn Hayes is a freelance writer, creative writing teacher, and poet; her poetry, short fiction, and articles have appeared or are forthcoming in Midtown, Defenestration, Southern Women’s Review, Teachers & Writers Magazine, and the micro-fiction anthology 140 and Counting, among others. Born and raised in Houston, Texas, she has taught reading, writing, public speaking, math, drama, and vocational welding in Los Angeles, Houston, and the Mississippi Delta. Follow her online @autumnatic_daze for more information and updates.

Jay Byrd is an actor and writer. His play, My Pet Homo, produced in 1990 in the basement of a Methodist church in New York’s East Village, starred RuPaul. In 1992, he donned a dress and cowboy boots and with Steven Cheslik-DeMeyer, formed a singing/storytelling duo called Y’all, eventually making guest appearances on national TV (The Jon Stewart Show; Comedy Central; and MTV). Since then, Jay Byrd has performed in a number of theater productions with SVT, the Rude Mechs, Rubber Rep, Paper Chairs, and others. A recent show, Naked as a Gaybird, premiered this year at SVT.