Thomas A. Loudermilk received his MFA in Poetry from Indiana University and published his first poetry collection Strange Valentine in 2005. He’s also published essays that combine cultural criticism, social history and personal essay. “Clutching Pearls: Speculations on a 20th Century Suicide” (from which he’s reading today) has been published in both River Teeth, a nonfiction narrative journal, and the anthology Car Crash Culture from St. Martin’s Press. It’s also in his as yet unpublished essay collection Neither Here Nor There that includes essays on Truman Capote, Eugene Field, Nina Simone, All My Children, and Dawn of the Dead. Thomas currently teaches at MICA.