November 5, 2017


The Manayunk Roxborough Art Center is offering a special humanities program, “ Three Distinctive Writers: Dilruba Ahmed, R.G. Evans and Curt Smith, ” on Sunday, November 5, from 3:15 to 5:30 PM.  

Dilruba Ahmed’s book, Dhaka Dust (Graywolf Press, 2011), won the Bakeless Prize.  Her poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, Blackbird, New England Review, andPoetry.  New poems are recent or forthcoming in Alaska Quarterly Review, Kenyon ReviewPEN America, and Ploughshares.  Ahmed is the recipient of The Florida Review’s Editors’ Award, a Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Memorial Prize, and the Katharine Bakeless Nason Fellowship in Poetry awarded by the Bread Loaf Writers Conference.  Web site:


R.G. Evans’s books include Overtipping the Ferryman (Aldrich Press Poetry Prize 2013), The Noise of Wings (Red Dashboard Press, 2015) and The Holy Both (Main Street Rag, 2017).  His original music has been featured in the poetry documentaries All That Lies Between Us  and Unburying Malcolm Miller.  His poem “Good Grief” won the 2017 Tiferet Journal Poetry Prize.  Evans teaches high school and college English and Creative Writing in southern New Jersey. 

Curt Smith grew up around Philly but now lives in the Harrisburg area. He has published over 100 stories and essays, and his work has been cited by The Best American Short Stories, The Best American Mystery Stories, The Best American Spiritual Writing, and The Best Short Fictions. He has worked with indie presses to put out two chapbooks of flash fiction, three story collections, three novels, two essay collections, and one book-length work of creative nonfiction.

Peter Krok, Humanities Director at MRAC, is the coordinator of the Reading Series, which originated in the Fall of 1990. Peter Krok is also the editor-in-chief of the Schuylkill Valley Journal Print and Online at  There will be a question and answer session as well as an Open Reading. $5 Donation requested. Refreshments will be provided. Open Reading afterwards. For information about the program, call the MRAC at 215-482-3363