Jonathan Penton founded Unlikely Stories in 1998 and has helmed it through its incarnations of Unlikely 2.0, the current Unlikely Stories: Episode IV, and the 2010 multimedia physical anthology Unlikely Stories of the Third Kind, along with the rest of its print subsidiary, Unlikely Books. He served as Assistant Editor for three Big Bridge annuals, served on the editorial board of Mezcla: Art and Writing from the Tumblewords Project and Banned in El Paso, and currently serves as Associate Editor for MadHat Press.
This year, Jonathan founded Cœur Publishing, a new imprint of translation into English. Cœur is working on translations of Alexander Xaver Gwerder by Marc Vincenz and Embrasser: A Journal in English and International French, edited by Rikki Ducornet and Emily Thibodeaux.
Jonathan’s own poetry chapbooks are Last Chap (Vergin’ Press, 2004), Blood and Salsa and Painting Rust (Unlikely Books, 2006) and Prosthetic Gods (New Sins Press, 2008).
Over the past ten years, he has lived primarily in El Paso, Texas; Guerneville, California; Toledo, Ohio; Albuquerque, New Mexico; and Atlanta, Georgia; and now resides in Lafayette, Louisiana, where he still enjoys making the crawdaddies hiss at him. His cat is an undocumented alien.
On Saturday, May 11th, Acadiana Wordlab will return from a two-week break with Emily Thibodeaux!
Emily Thibodeaux is a writer and teacher living in Lafayette, Louisiana. She received her Bachelor’s in English from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, and her MFA from Columbia University in Fiction writing. Emily has poetry published by the Ahadada Books magazine Ekleksographia, and two short stories due to be published; one is put out by Writer’s Bloq, an online community of writers of which she is a member of the collective presse, and also a new journal run out of Baton Rouge, Belle Journal, of which she is a member of the selection committee. Emily teaches English at South Louisiana Community College and is at work on her first novel, Vermilion Parish, which explores a Cajun brand of magical realism set in a small town in Acadiana. She is obsessed with the recurring dream of a house with extra rooms, Cajun folk tales, and the mystery of generational curses, all of which she is writing about in her novel. In addition to writing, Emily runs a semi-regular mindfulness writing workshop out of her house, sews period costumes, makes jewelry, and sometimes appears with friends on stage for acting and music making.
Acadiana Wordlab will next meet at:
Saturday, April 6th, 2pm
in the conference room in the
Acadiana Center for the Arts
101 W. Vermilion St.,
And will be presented by J. Bruce Fuller!
J. Bruce Fuller is a Louisiana native. His chapbooks include Notes to a Husband (Imaginary Friend Press 2013), Lancelot (Lazy Mouse Press 2013), and 28 Blackbirds at the End of the World (Bandersnatch Books 2010). His poems have appeared at Crab Orchard Review, Pembroke Magazine, Yankee Pot Roast, The Louisiana Review, burntdistrict, The Lilliput Review, and The Dead Mule School of Southern Literature, among others. He has twice been nominated for Best of the Net. He is the editor and publisher of Yellow Flag Press.