Abridged, Grape & Grain

Abridged, Grape & Grain was an unforgettable evening of words. As the third installment of this semi-regular reading series presented by Bridge Eight Literary Magazine, this event brought some of Jacksonville’s finest out to hear 3 talented writers read their work.

Readings by:

Hurley Winkler, Sam Bilheimer & Valerie Anthony

Photos from the evening

Photography by Josh Mauser.

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Hurley Winkler Reading at Abridged, Grape & Grain.

Hurley Winkler

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Sam Bilheimer

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Valerie Anthony

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Abridged, Grape & Grain poster

Writer Bios

HURLEY WINKLER, fiction & creative non-fiction

Hurley Winkler is a native/lover of Jacksonville. She writes + edits for the publication Perversion Magazine, and manages production for the regional podcast Swamp Radio. Hurley has an English degree from her beloved University of North Florida, and will begin graduate work in Creative Writing at Lesley University in January 2015. She has contributed work to The Legendary, 396 Hours, and Wild Application. Hurley falls under that “millennial” category you’ve probably read about in the newspaper, so she’s on Twitter, Instagram, and Tumblr all the time: @hurleywinkler

SAM BILHEIMER, poetry & fiction

Sam is a writer, editor, and musician, living in Jacksonville, Florida. He is a staff writer and editor for Perversion Magazine, and is an assistant editor for the online literary magazine, Fiction Fix. His work has been featured in Epigraph Magazine, 396 Hours, and Yes, They’re Real. Sam has previously self-published two chapbooks of poetry and short stories, titled Send Me Something Shiny and This Young Man Is Very Well Read, but He Knows Nothing about Real Life, and he is currently working on a third, titled Our Fingerprints Are Dinosaurs.When Sam is not busy obsessing over the intricacies of time travel, he is doing useless and boring things on the Internet. You can follow him on twitter @acousticsam.


Valerie is simply one of the most iconic writer/theatrical presences of the Jacksonville Culture. Currently a teacher at Douglas Anderson school of the arts, she helped to pioneer contemporary theatre performances in Jacksonville through her work with Jacksonville Actor’s Theatre, and was the central character in the early 90s struggle over censorship in the local arts during her performance of ‘The Maids’.

Abridged, The Volstead

Our second installment of Abridged was inside Downtown Jacksonville’s newest (and coolest) bar, The Volstead (115 West Adams Downtown). People filed in through an unmarked door and passed what looked like someone’s vintage living room to make it in the back. The audience and readers a like were tremendous and made this evening in August the breakout night for Abridged.

Readings by:

Andrea Collins-Roe, Tim Gilmore & Teri Youmans Grimm

Photos of the evening

Photography by Josh Mauser.

The Readers at Abridged, The Volstead

From left to right: Tim Gilmore, Teri Youmans Grimm & Andrea Collins-Roe

Abridged Reading Series @ the Volstead

Jared Rypkema Intro for Abridged ReadingAndrea Collins-Roe - Poet

Andrea Collins-Roe reading her poetry at Abridged

Tim Gilmore Author Reading Tim Gilmore - Author reading at Abridged Tim Gilmore - Author

Abridged, The Volstead

Teri Youmans Grimm, Poet Teri Youmans Grimm at Volstead

Teri Youmans Grimm - Reading poetry

Tim Gilmore and Marcus Pactor at Abridged

Writer Bios

TIM GILMORE, fiction & non-fiction

Tim Gilmore has a cat named Whitman who once vomited into his coffee. He—Gilmore, not the cat—is the author of several books including The Ocean Highway at Night, Stalking Ottis Toole: A Southern Gothic, This Kind of City: Ghost Stories and Psychological Landscapes and the upcoming In Search of Eartha White, “Storehouse for the People”. He explores and writes about the Southern Gothic in and around Jacksonville, Florida at www.jaxpsychogeo.com. His writings have appeared in several local and national publications and on Swamp Radio. He has a couple of advanced degrees he hopes you don’t hold against him and teaches Composition and Literature at Florida State College at Jacksonville.


Teri is a fourth generation Jacksonville native. She received her BFA in poetry at the University of Nebraska at Omaha and her MFA at Vermont College. Her poetry collection, Dirt Eaters, was chosen for the University of Central Florida’s poetry series and was published by theUniversity Press of Florida. The New York Times Book Review said of the work, “as in Rita Dove’s Thomas and Beulah, the emotional weight derives from her characters’ accumulated experience: surviving a house fire, rejecting evangelical Christianity, or feeling stranded and lonely at a school dance. Grimm’s technique shows in her judicious quotation from other speakers and in her diversity of forms, from two-beat lines to expansive verse paragraphs to a tightly wound villanelle.” She just completed her second book, Becoming Lyla Dore, a collection of persona poems in the voice of a fictional silent film star. Her poetry and book reviews have appeared in Prairie Schooner,Green Mountains Review, Indiana Review, South Dakota Review,Sugar House Review, EAT and Homegrown in Florida: An Anthology of Florida Childhoods, among other journals and anthologies. She is the recipient of a Nebraska Arts Fellowship and has been awarded residencies at Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and the Hambidge Center. She currently teaches in the University of Nebraska’s low-res MFA in writing program.


Andrea is a passionate writer, reader, activist, and creative writing instructor. She has been writing poetry, essays, and short stories since early childhood. Her work has appeared in publications, such as The Rumpus, Off the Rocks, and Plath Profiles. She is also the recent author of a compilation of research and creative writing, to include several installments of her memoir, many poems, and a creative writing workshop series developed for non-profit organizations called, “Designing and Conducting Writer’s Workshops to Awaken Social Consciousness.” In support of the articulation of marginalized stories and suppressed voices, Andrea’s website, Ash and Bones, will soon begin accepting written submissions from the general public. Andrea is a recent graduate of Antioch University Midwest where she earned her Individualized Master of Arts in creative writing. She continues to develop her portfolio, facilitate her workshops, and cultivate meaningful relationships within her community and beyond. –

Abridged, Deep Search Records

The first Abridged reading was where much of Jacksonville’s literary movement has been taking place, Riverside. Deep Search Records was the first location where over 40 people stood and sat in the back area of the store to witness the birth of a reading series that continues to grow today.

Readings by:

Melanie Manuel, Tiffany Melanson & Coe Douglas

Quite unfortunately, there are very few pictures of this event. The ones that exist are scattered across Facebook, Twitter & Instagram. You’ll have to take our words for it, it was a wonderful night and one we will all remember.

Writer Bios

Melanie Manuel

Melanie is a fiction writer and poet with an MA in Literature. She taught in China and Germany, received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities for a 2009 summer program in Monterey, CA, and an Asian Studies Fellowship from the University of Florida. In 2013 Melanie was awarded the Hermitage Artist STAR residency. Currently, she teaches creative writing at Douglas Anderson School of the Arts in Jacksonville, FL. She attended the Master Fiction Writers’ Workshop this summer at the New York Writers’ Institute.

Tiffany Melanson

Tiffany is a poet, performer and MFA candidate in poetry at the Bennington Writing Seminars. Her work has appeared in the online journal deadpaper and on Swamp Radio, a live radio and podcast experience celebrating the culture, art and history of Northeast Florida, where she is both occasional co-host, interviewer and frequent contributor.

She currently teaches poetry workshops, magazine production and oral interpretation at Douglas Anderson School of the Arts.

Coe Douglas

Coe is a fiction writer, screenwriter, essayist, editor, and occasional filmmaker. He is the Managing Editor of Bridge Eight Literary Magazine and has written for the Heavy Feather Review, The Tampa Review Online, Elephant Journal, Metazen, Literary Orphans, First Coast Magazine, the story collection 396 Hours, the recent Eat Flash compilation, and others. He’s attended the Tin House Summer Writer’s Workshop and was a contributor at The Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference.