Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts & Humanities

Third Thursday Poetry Series: Ken Autrey, Maria Kuznetsova, and Justin Gardiner

Third Thursday Poetry Series: Ken Autrey, Maria Kuznetsova, and Justin Gardiner

The public is invited to the Third Thursday Poetry Series at Pebble Hill, featuring Ken Autrey, Maria Kuznetsova, and Justin Gardiner, on Thursday, August 26 at 6:30 PM. Refreshments and book sales will be available at 6 PM.

Ken Autrey taught English at Francis Marion University from 1989 to 2011. Previously he served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Ghana, as a middle-school teacher in upstate NY, and as a writing instructor at Tougaloo College in Mississippi. He earned his BA degree from Davidson College and his graduate degrees from Auburn University and the University of South Carolina. His work has appeared in many magazines, journals, and anthologies, and his poetry chapbook, Pilgrims, was published in 2010 by Main Street Rag.

Maria Kuznetsova was born in Kiev, Ukraine, and moved to the United States as a child. Her debut novel, a comedic coming-of-age story about a feisty immigrant, Oksana, Behave! was published in 2019. Her second novel, a historical and humorous meditation on generational divides, legacy, and loss called Something Unbelievable, was published in 2021. Her fiction and non-fiction also appears or is forthcoming in McSweeney's Quarterly Concern, The Southern ReviewGuernica, The Threepenny Review, Crazyhorse, Slate Magazine, and elsewhere. She received a BA in English from Duke University, an MA in English and fiction writing from UC Davis, and an MFA in creative writing from the Iowa Writers' Workshop.

Justin Gardiner is the author of Beneath the Shadow: Legacy and Longing in the Antarctic published as part of the Crux Literary Nonfiction Series by the University of Georgia Press, as well as the poetry collection Naming the Lifeboat from Main Street Rag. His writing has appeared in journals that include The Missouri Review, Blackbird, Quarterly West, Zone 3, and ZYZZYVA. Gardiner is a graduate of Warren Wilson’s MFA Program, where he was awarded both the Larry Levis Post-Graduate Stipend and the Joan Beebe Teaching Fellowship. In 2012-13, he also served as the Margery Davis Boyden Wilderness Writing Fellow, sponsored by PEN Northwest. He is an assistant professor at Auburn University, as well as the nonfiction editor of The Southern Humanities Review. 

The Third Thursday Poetry Series at Pebble Hill is sponsored by the Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts & Humanities, Department of English, and Southern Humanities Review in the College of Liberal Arts at Auburn University; the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Auburn University; and the Alabama State Council on the Arts.

The Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts & Humanities at Pebble Hill is located at 101 S. Debardeleben Street in Auburn. For more information about the series, visit aub.ie/thirdthursday.

Last Updated: August 25, 2021