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Chloe Yelena Miller and I are excited to announce a new series of lunchtime classes: Brown Bag Lit. You can choose to drop-in, take a series of classes focused on poetry or flash - or both! We hope you'll join us. 

We know you’re busy: Let’s spend our lunch hour together eating, reading, writing and talking about writing. In each session, we’ll read and discuss the craft of a published piece and then write together in response to a prompt. There will be an opportunity to discuss your generative writing and ask writing related questions. For each class, please have a quiet space available, computer with a camera and either a word processing program or paper/pencil. 


All participants will be invited to a free gathering at the end of each month for a Friday happy hour with readings and conversation. 

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Brown Bag Lit Zoom January dates: 


Poetry (Tuesdays 12 - 1 EST)

Tuesdays, Jan. 3, 10, 17, 24


Flash (Thursdays 12 - 1 EST)

Thursday, Jan. 5, 12,19, 26


Friday Happy Hour Zoom Gathering: Jan. 27, 5-6 pm EST

If you’ve attended a paid session, you are welcome to join this free community gathering. 




Drop-in or monthly rates available. January dates are now open for registration. 


$30.00 a session (drop in)

$25.00 a session ($100.00 total) if four sessions for one genre purchased at once 

$180.00 for four sessions of both poetry and flash if purchased at once


How to Register:


Email either author to indicate your interest in individual or monthly sessions with one or both authors. You’ll receive a confirmation email and Venmo invoice in response. After you pay for the session, you’ll receive the weekly zoom links for the online sessions. 


Instructor Bios:


Chloe Yelena Miller lives in Washington, D.C., with her family. She is the author of Viable (Lily Poetry Review Books, 2021) and Unrest (Finishing Line Press, 2013). Chloe teaches writing at American University and University of Maryland Global Campus, as well as privately. She holds an MFA from Writing from Sarah Lawrence College and a BA from Smith College. She has received residencies from Bread Loaf, A Room of Her Own and Vermont Studio Center. In 2022 and 2020, she was granted a DC Arts and Humanities grant for her writing. 


Shasta Grant is a writer and editor based in Indianapolis. Her stories and essays have appeared in cream city review, Epiphany, Heavy Feather Review, wigleaf, and elsewhere. She won the 2015 Kenyon Review Short Fiction Contest, selected by Ann Patchett. She was selected as a 2020 Aspen Words Emerging Writer Fellow and the 2016 SmokeLong Quarterly Kathy Fish Fellow. She has received residencies from Hedgebrook and The Kerouac House. She holds an MFA in Writing from Sarah Lawrence College and is the Coordinating Editor at SmokeLong Quarterly.


We look forward to seeing you on Zoom!



Chloe Yelena Miller 

chloemiller (at) gmail (dot) com 


Shasta Grant

Shastagrant (at) gmail (dot) com

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