“Beyond Water and Walls”
Mark your calendar for Sunday, April 15, 2018. Help us celebrate National Poetry Month with music, southern-style barbecue, and readings by some of the best poets in the U.S. This year’s featured poets include:
Naomi Shihab Nye
Naomi Shihab Nye was born in St. Louis, Missouri. Her father was a Palestinian refugee and her mother an American of German and Swiss descent, and Nye spent her adolescence in both Jerusalem and San Antonio, Texas. Her experience of both cultural difference and different cultures has influenced much of her work. Known for poetry that lends a fresh perspective to ordinary events, people, and objects, Nye has said that, for her, “the primary source of poetry has always been local life, random characters met on the streets, our own ancestry sifting down to us through small essential daily tasks.” Characterizing Nye’s “prolific canon” in Contemporary Women Poets, Paul Christensen noted that Nye “is building a reputation…as the voice of childhood in America, the voice of the girl at the age of daring exploration.”
Analicia Sotelo is the author of Virgin, the inaugural winner of the Jake Adam York Prize, selected by Ross Gay, to be published by Milkweed Editions in February 2018. She is also the author of the chapbook Nonstop Godhead, selected by Rigoberto Gonzalez for the 2016 Poetry Society of America Chapbook Fellowship 30 and Under and her poem “I’m Trying to Write a Poem About a Virgin and It’s Awful” was selected for Best New Poets 2015 by Tracy K. Smith. Her poems have also appeared or are forthcoming in The New Yorker, Boston Review, Kenyon Review, New England Review, Iowa Review and The Antoich Review.
Peggy Ann Tartt
Peggy Ann Tartt is a Native New Yorker and holds an MFA from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. She authored the full-length poetry volume Among Bones (Lotus Pr. 2002), which won the Naomi Long Madgett Poetry Award, and the chapbook Firestarters (Mouthfeel Pr. 2014). She is a recipient of several honors, including a Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance (NoMAA) Creative grant, Money for Women/Barbara Deming Memorial Fund grant, an Arts & Letters Prize in Poetry, and a Pushcart Prize in Poetry nomination. She has contributed poetry to an array of literary publications, including Cutthroat: A Journal of the Arts, Hospital Drive, Margie Review, Bryant Literary Review, Poem, Field, Prairie Schooner, Pedestal Magazine, and Poetry South.
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All aspects of the event and provided dinner are fully sponsored; tickets are considered tax-deductible donations to the foundation as a 501(c)3 organization.
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