JCSM partners with The Third Thursday Poetry Series for an evening of jazz, food, and art. As the name suggests, guests are welcome to come and enjoy extended gallery hours and readings by selected poets on the
third Thursday of each month. The Museum Café is open from 5 to 8 p.m. for tapas service. The jazz trio, Cullars Improvisational Rotation, opens for the readings with a shorter set from 6 to 7 p.m.

Advanced registration is encouraged via Eventbrite to help estimate seating. If possible, please print your ticket to help staff with museum evaluations and communications. If you are unable to print your ticket, systems are in place to help you with check-in. By arriving prior to the advertised start time, you help staff determine whether additional seats may be released to standby guests. Please fill all available seats.

January 15, 7 pm

Kyes Stevens

Kyes Stevens is a poet, small-time farmer/gardener and founder and director of the Alabama Prison Arts + Education Project in the College of Liberal Arts at Auburn University. She earned a MA and MFA at Sarah Lawrence College. Her poems have appeared in several journals, including the Blue Collar Review and Poetry Southeast.

February 19, 7 pm

Jericho Brown

Jericho Brown is on the faculty at Emory University where he teaches poetry. Brown is the recipient of the Whiting Writers Award and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Radcliffe Institute at Harvard University, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and the Krakow Poetry Seminar in Poland. His poems have appeared in journals and anthologies including The American Poetry Review,The Believer, jubilat, Oxford American, Ploughshares, A Public Space, Tin House, and 100 Best African American Poems. His first book, PLEASE, won the American Book Award.

March 19, 7 pm

Joanie Mackowski

Joanie Mackowski’s collections of poems are The Zoo and View from a Temporary Window. She received a Bachelor of Arts from Wesleyan University, was Stegner Fellow in Poetry at Stanford University, and received a
PhD from the University of Missouri. A professor at Cornell University, she has worked as a French translator, a journalist in the San Francisco Bay Area, and a juggler. She is the winner of the 2003 Kate Tufts Discovery award and the 2008 Writer Magazine/Emily Dickinson award.

April 16, 7 pm

Christina Stoddard

Christina Stoddard is the author of Hive, winner of the Brittingham Prize in Poetry and forthcoming in 2015 from the University of Wisconsin Press. Her poems have appeared in various journals includingTupelo Quarterly, DIAGRAM, and Spoon River Poetry Review. Originally from Tacoma, Washington, Stoddard received her MFA from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where she was the Fred Chappell Fellow. She is a contributing editor at Cave Wall, and in 2014 she joined the staff ofTupelo Quarterly as an associate editor. She is the managing editor of an economics and decision theory journal.

May 21, 7 pm

Nick Norwood

Nick Norwood is the author of the poetry collections The Soft Blare and A Palace for the Heart and the fine press book Wrestle, which he produced in collaboration with the artist and master printer Erika Adams. His poems have appeared widely in such journals as Western Humanities Review, Southwest Review, Paris Review, Wallace Stevens Journal, and others. He teaches at Columbus State University.

This program has been made possible by grants from the Alabama State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.