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2018 Chapbook Reading
November 16, 2018, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Join us in celebrating this year’s Poetry Chapbook honorees, hosted by Sharon Dolin.
This year’s Chapbook Reader is Luisa A. Igloria for her manuscript What is Left of Wings, I Ask. Additional readers are Jason Baker and Elly Bookman.
Igloria, Baker, and Bookman will read from their works.
Suggested admission: $10/$5 members. Guests receive a free letterpress broadside.*
A reception will follow.
As this year’s chapbook reader selection, What is Left of Wings, I Ask is published as a limited-edition, letterpress-printed, and hand-bound chapbook created by artist Ed Rayher of Swamp Press. Limited-edition, letterpress-printed, and hand-bound chapbooks of the work of Guest Curator Natasha Trethaway—designed and printed by artist Elizabeth Sheehan—are published by the Center. Poems selected from the manuscripts by Jason Baker and Elly Bookman are printed as letterpress broadsides by Center interns.
*Additional signed chapbooks and broadsides will be available for purchase at the reading.
The Center invites emerging writers to apply to the 2019 Chapbook Program. Applications must be submitted online by December 15th at midnight.
ABOUT THE HONOREES
ABOUT THE JUDGE
Natasha Trethewey was born in Gulfport, Mississippi, the daughter of poet, professor, and Canadian emigrant Eric Trethewey and social worker Gwendolyn Ann Turnbough. The daughter of a mixed-race marriage, Trethewey experienced her parents’ divorce when she was six. She subsequently spent time in Atlanta, Georgia, with her mother and in New Orleans, Louisiana, with her father. Encouraged to read as a child, Trethewey studied English at the University of Georgia, earned an MA in English and creative writing from Hollins University, and received an MFA in poetry from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. The recipient of a Mississippi Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts, Trethewey was named the 2008 Georgia Woman of the Year. She has been inducted into both the Fellowship of Southern Writers and the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame. In 2012 she was named Poet Laureate of the state of Mississippi and the 19th Poet Laureate of the United States, a position she held until 2014. Other honors include the 2016 Academy of American Poets Fellowship. Trethewey is currently the Robert W. Woodruff Professor of English and Creative Writing at Emory University.
ABOUT THE REVIEWERS
Sharon Dolin (our host for the evening) is the author of six poetry collections, including Manual for Living (2016), Serious Pink (2015 reissue), Whirlwind (2012), and Burn and Dodge (2008), which won the AWP Donald Hall Prize for Poetry. Her other awards include the Witter Bynner Fellowship from the Library of Congress, a Fulbright Fellowship, a Pushcart Prize, and a Drisha Arts Fellowship. She is co-founder and director of the Center for Book Arts Annual Poetry Chapbook Competition in New York City. She teaches at Poets House in New York City and directs the international writing workshop, Writing About Art in Barcelona.
LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs, Writer, vocalist, and sound artist, is the author of TwERK (2013, Belladonna); three chapbooks which include Ichi-Ban and Ni-Ban (MOH Press), Manuel is destroying my bathroom (Belladonna Press), and the album, Televisíon. Her interdisciplinary work has been featured at The Walker Center, The Kitchen, Yale University, Recess Activities Inc, Cal Arts, The Whitney and Museum of Modern Art and the 2015 Venice Biennale to name a few.
Jeanne Marie Beaumont is a writer whose poems are included in more than two dozen anthologies and textbooks, among them Good Poems for Hard Times, Poetry Daily: 366 Poems from the World’s Most Popular Poetry Website, The Year’s Best Fantasy & Horror, 20th ed., The Norton Introduction to Literature, When She Named Fire: An Anthology of Contemporary Poetry by American Women, and The Crafty Poet: A Portable Workshop.
Support for the Center’s Chapbook Reading is provided, in part, by Poets & Writers, Inc., through public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council. The Center’s Chapbook Reading and Broadsides Reading Series are supported, in part, by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.