Melanie S. Hatter and Steven Leyva are featured readers on September 6 at the Words out Loud spoken word series at Glen Echo Park, 7:30 – 9 PM. Includes open mic and literary trivia. Also see https://glenechopark.org/calendar/2019-09?field_event_type_value=All
Melanie S. Hatter is an award-winning author of two novels and one short story collection. Selected by Edwidge Danticat, Malawi’s Sisters won the inaugural Kimbilio National Fiction Prize, published by Four Way Books in 2019. The Color of My Soul won the 2011 Washington Writers’ Publishing House Fiction Prize, and Let No One Weep for Me, Stories of Love and Loss was released in 2015. Melanie is a participating author with the PEN/Faulkner Writers in Schools program, and serves on the board of the Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Foundation.
Steven Leyva was born in New Orleans, Louisiana and raised in Houston, Texas. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in 2 Bridges Review, Fledgling Rag, The Light Ekphrastic, jubilat, Vinyl, and Prairie Schooner. He is a Cave Canem fellow and author of the chapbook Low Parish. Steven holds a MFA from the University of Baltimore, where he is an assistant professor in the Klein Family School of Communications Design.