Written in response the PROMESA bill (Puerto Rico Oversight, Management, and Economic Stability Act) bill, lo terciario/the tertiary by Raquel Salas Rivera offers a decolonial queer critique and reconsideration of Marx. The book’s titles come from Pedro Scaron’s, El Capital, the 1976 translation of Karl Marx’s classic. Published by Siglo Veintiuno Editores, this translation was commonly used by the Puerto Rican left as part of political formation programs. Lo terciario/the tertiary places this text in relation to the Puerto Rican debt crisis, forcing readers to reconsider old questions when facing colonialism’s newest horrors.
Reading for ON BEING MISTAKEN's launch party. LAURA BUCCIERI observes, confronts, and explores queer womanhood in her collection On Being Mistaken. This is an exciting, experimental, and rhythmic voice that creates a space in which we can explore how we are labeled and how we ourselves label. Buccieri doesn’t beg for answers but rather urges us to expand our language, assumptions, and ideologies. Proceeds from on being mistaken will benefit the Audre Lorde Project and The Lower East Side Girls Club. More info here.
Come join us in celebrating the release of Misrepresented People: Poetic Responses to Trump's America. THIS IS A FREE EVENT. The poets anthologized in this book bear witness to, rage against, and defy the misogyny, racism, homophobia, xenophobia, and authoritarian impulses that have always surrounded us, but that are incarnated in the 45th president. Readers include:
Dante Di Stefano
Maria Mazziotti Gillan
More info here.
In blending the found with the invented, and the researched with the lived, poets inhabit speakers that both approximate and diverge from their experiences. Five women poets will share their work and situate their speakers on a spectrum from near self to complete persona. In doing so, they will explore identity and appropriation, examining how to access otherness responsibly in persona poems and how to distill art from mere biography when the speaker is an avatar of the self.
Amie Whittemore is the author of Glass Harvest, an educator, and cofounder of the Charlottesville Reading Series. Her poems have appeared in North American Review, Smartish Pace, Gettysburg Review, the Missouri Review poem of the week, and elsewhere.
Ruth Awad is a Lebanese American poet and the author of Set to Music a Wildfire, which won the 2016 Michael Waters Poetry Prize from SIR Press. She is the recipient of a 2016 Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award, and she won the 2012 and 2013 Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Prize.
Raena Shirali is the author of Gilt and is a Pushcart Prize recipient. Her honors include the spring 2017 Philip Roth Residency, the 2014 Gulf Coast Poetry Prize, and a Discovery/Boston Review Poetry Prize in 2013. She currently serves as a poetry reader for Muzzle magazine.
Shelley Wong is the author of the chapbook Rare Birds. Her poems have appeared in Crazyhorse, Southern Humanities Review, The Volta, Sixth Finch, and others. A Kundiman fellow, she is a recipient of a Pushcart Prize and a MacDowell fellowship.
Claudia Cortese is a poet, essayist, and fiction writer. Her first full-length, Wasp Queen, is a hybrid collection of prose poems and stories. Cortese is also the author of two chapbooks: Blood Medals and The Red Essay and Other Histories. Cortese teaches at Montclair State University.
Great readings require great audiences, and at this event, we hope to have everyone sharing work. From 6:00-7:15, join poets Ruth Awad, Katie Condon, Christopher Costabile, Kimberly Grey, Rosalie Moffett, Raena Shirali, Amie Whittemore, Shelley Wong, and Allison Pitinii Davis for brief poetry readings. After, please join in an optional workshop where we’ll continue to share and discuss writing as a collective group. Find the AWP listing here & the Facebook event here.
Nobody Wants an Unraveling Woman: Raena Shirali & Laura Rogalsky in Conversation with Marty McConnell (Chicago)
In WRITERS UNDER THE INFLUENCE, poets share their recent poems and talk about the forces -- other writers, works of art, music, movies, politics, pop culture -- that influence their work and process. Reading alongside poets Tadeusz Dabrowski and Josh Weiner. More info here.
IN THE THIRD FLOOR LAURENTIDE LOUNGE, THE UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-WHITEWATER IS PROUD TO HOST A TALK ON INDEPENDENT PUBLISHING BY YESYES BOOKS FOUNDING EDITOR AND PUBLISHER KMA SULLIVAN, AS WELL AS READINGS BY YESYES POETS BRANDON COURTNEY AND RAENA SHIRALI. More info here.
Hey You, Come Back! is reading series that takes place every 1st Thursday at the Crown in Baltimore. The series brings together writers of poetry, fiction and nonfiction from across Baltimore's creative communities.
Note that the reading is "Downstairs in the Back Bar" at The Crown.