Spring 2021 Reading Series
Spring 2021 Reading Series
Hadara Bar-Nadav | Poetry | Wed | Feb 17 | 7:30 pm
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Hadara Bar-Nadav is an NEA fellow and author of several award-winning books of poetry, among them The New Nudity, Lullaby (with Exit Sign), The Frame Called Ruin, and A Glass of Milk to Kiss Goodnight, as well as the chapbooks Fountain and Furnace and Show Me Yours. She is also co-author of the best-selling textbook Writing Poems, 8th ed., with Michelle Boisseau. Her individual poems have appeared in The American Poetry Review, The Believer, Kenyon Review, The New Republic, Ploughshares, and Tin House, as well as on Poets.org. She is Professor of English at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
Lillian-Yvonne Bertram | Poetry | Wed | Mar 24 | 7:30 pm
Lillian-Yvonne Bertram’s most recent book of poetry is Travesty Generator (Noemi Press, 2019), which Cathy Park Hong called, “trailblazing.” Their other poetry collections include Personal Science (Tupelo Press, 2017); a slice from the cake made of air (Red Hen Press 2016); and But a Storm is Blowing From Paradise (Red Hen Press, 2012), chosen by Claudia Rankine as the winner of the 2010 Benjamin Saltman Award. Bertram’s other publications include How Narrow My Escapes (New Michigan Press, 2019), cutthroat glamours (Phantom Books, 2012), winner of the Phantom Books chapbook award, Grand Dessein (commissioned by Container Press), a mixed media artifact that meditates on the work of artist Paul Klee, and Tierra Fisurada, a Spanish poetry chapbook published in Argentina (Editoriales del Duende, 2002). Bertram is an Assistant Professor in the Department of English at the University of Massachusetts-Boston, where they teach in the UMass Boston MFA in Creative Writing Program.
Ross Gay | Nonfiction Craft Talk | Wed | Apr 14 | 7:30 pm
Ross Gay is the author of three books of poetry: Against Which; Bringing the Shovel Down; and Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude, winner of the 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award and the 2016 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award. His collection of essays, The Book of Delights, was released by Algonquin Books in 2019. Ross is also the co-author, with Aimee Nezhukumatathil, of the chapbook "Lace and Pyrite: Letters from Two Gardens," in addition to being co-author, with Richard Wehrenberg, Jr., of the chapbook, "River." He is a founding editor, with Karissa Chen and Patrick Rosal, of the online sports magazine Some Call it Ballin', in addition to being an editor with the chapbook presses Q Avenue and Ledge Mule Press. Ross is a founding board member of the Bloomington Community Orchard, a non-profit, free-fruit-for-all food justice and joy project. He has received fellowships from Cave Canem, the Bread Loaf Writer's Conference, and the Guggenheim Foundation. Ross teaches at Indiana University. Photo credit: Natasha Komoda