Monday, December 19, 2016

Monday Muse: Winter Poetry Readings

Take note of these half-dozen early- to mid-winter poetry readings around the country.

Stadler Center for Poetry at Bucknell University, Lewisburg, Pennsylvania ~ 2016-2017 Poet-in-Residence Mary Ruefle will give a reading on Tuesday, January 31, 2017, and participate in a Q&A on Thursday, February 2.

The award-winning Ruefle's most recent poetry collection is My Private Property (Wave Books, 2016). 

The center hosts 2016-2017 Stadler Fellow David Winter and Indian American poet Raena Shirali on Tuesday, February 21.

Wave Books on FaceBook

Simone Muench at Art Institute of Chicago ~ Muench kicks off on Wednesday, January 6, 2017, a Poetry Foundation series of 30-minute lunch-time poetry readings to celebrate the re-opening of the institute's contemporary art collection. 

The author of five books, including Wolf Centos (Sarabande Books, 2014), Muench is a professor of English at Lewis University. Forthcoming from Black Lawrence Press is Suture, a collaborative sonnet sequence with Dean Rader.

Other Poetry Foundation-sponsored events include "Drinking Gourd: An Evening of Poetry & Music" with Nicole Sealey; and U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera on Tuesday, February 9, and Wednesday, February 10. Herrera will share his La Casa de Colores project.

Poetry Foundation on FaceBook

Sarabande Books on FaceBook

Black Lawrence Press on FaceBook

Rosa Lane and Nina Lindsay at Studio One, Oakland, California ~ The reading, sponsored by Sixteen Rivers Press, is scheduled for Friday, February 3, 2017.

Lane is the author of Tiller North (Sixteen Rivers, April 2016); Lindsay most recently published Because (Sixteen Rivers, April 2016).

Sixteen Rivers Press on FaceBook

Chris Abani at Rollins University, Winter Park, Florida ~ Abani reads on Thursday, February 16, 2017, as part of the English Department's "Winter With the Writers" series. The event includes a reading, on-stage interview, and book signing.

A much-honored poet, essayist, screenwriter, novelist, and playwright, Abani is the founder of the Black Goat Poetry Series series affiliated with Akashic Books. He also promotes The African Poetry Book Fund. His most recent poetry collection is Santificum (Copper Canyon Press, 2010).

African Poetry Book Fund on FaceBook

Ross Gay at University of Arizona Poetry Center, Tucson, Arizona ~ On Thursday, January 19, Gay appears in the second installment of UA Poetry Center's series of readings and discussions about climate change and poetry. The readings are built around two questions: "What role does poetry have in envisioning, articulating, or challenging our ecological present? What role does poetry have in anticipating, shaping, or even creating our future?" The presentation is part reading and part craft talk; it will include a book signing. Read more about the "Climate Change & Poetry" series.

Gay, a finalist for the 2015 National Book Award in Poetry, is the author, most recently, of Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude (University of Pennsylvania, Pitt Poetry Series, 2015).

Poetry Center on FaceBook

James Galvin at Oregon's Portland State College of Liberal Arts & Sciences ~ Galvin will give a reading on Thursday, January 26, 2017. He will be followed on Friday, February 3, by Steven Karl; and on Friday, February 17, by Arisa White.

Galvin has written seven volumes of poetry; his most recent collection is Everything We Always Knew Was True (Copper Canyon Press, August 2016).

Copper Canyon Press on FaceBook

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