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Oct 26 2017

#PoetryNearYou Pick of the Week: An Evening of Poetry and Conversation with Jane Hirshfield and Dan Gerber

Join acclaimed and award-winning poets Jane Hirshfield and Dan Gerber for a poetry reading and book signing at the 2017 Fall Arts Celebration, presented by Grand Valley State University, Robert C. Pew Grand Rapids Campus, in Grand Rapids, MI.

Jane Hirshfield has authored many collections of poetry and prose, including The Beauty, which was longlisted for the National Book Award; Come Thief; After, which was shortlisted for England’s T.S. Eliot Prize and named a “best book of 2006” by The Washington Post, the San Francisco Chronicle, and the London Financial Times; Given Sugar, Given Salt, a finalist for the 2001 National Book Critics Circle Award; The Lives of the Heart; and The October Palace.
In fall 2004, Hirshfield was awarded the 70th Academy Fellowship for distinguished poetic achievement by The Academy of American Poets, an honor formerly held by such poets as Robert Frost, Ezra Pound, William Carlos Williams, and Elizabeth Bishop. In 2012, she was elected a chancellor of the Academy of American Poets.
Dan Gerber is the author of a dozen books of poetry, fiction, essays, and memory. His most recent book of poems is Sailing through Cassiopeia, and he celebrates the publication of Particles: New & Selected Poems this fall from Copper Canyon Press. His work has received ForeWord Magazine’s Gold Medal Award, a Mark Twain award for distinguished contribution to Midwest literature, a Michigan Author Award plus a Michigan Notable Book Award. He is the co-founder, with the late Jim Harrison, of the literary magazine Sumac, and lives in the Santa Ynez Valley of California.

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Eberhard Center, Grand Valley State University
301 W Fulton St
49504-6495 Grand Rapids, Michigan
Oct 20 2017

BOA Editions 20th Annual Dine & Rhyme Celebration

BOA Editions is honored to welcome prolific Lebanese writer and poet Jawdat Fakhreddine (Lighthouse for the Drowning, BOA 2017) as our featured guest at BOA's 20th annual Dine & Rhyme fundraiser gala. Jawdat will travel from Beirut to read and discuss his work with the Rochester community. He will be joined by his daughter and co-translator, Huda Fakhreddine

The evening will commence with a talk and reading by the author and translator. Jawdat and Huda will share the story behind Lighthouse for the Drowning, from the book’s first draft, written during the Lebanese Civil War while Jawdat was living in exile in the US, to the book’s publication and critical reception in 1996, to its eventual translation and publication by BOA in 2017.

A book signing, reception, and silent auction will follow, during which guests will be invited to enjoy Lebanese-inspired cuisine by Julia K Caters and a selection of beverages. Tickets are available in advance for $50 or $60 at the door on the night of the event. All proceeds will help BOA continue to bring exceptional and essential works of literature to the public.

Admission fee: $50.00
Rochester Academy of Medicine
1441 East Avenue
14610 Rochester, New York
Oct 20 2017

Melissa Lozada-Oliva and Jess Rizkallah present "peluda" and "the magic my body becomes"

Harvard Book Store is thrilled to welcome poets MELISSA LOZADA-OLIVA and JESS RIZKALLAH for a reading and discussion of their books, peluda and the magic my body becomes: Poems.
About peluda
One of the most original performance poets of her generation, Melissa Lozada-Oliva has captivated crowds across the country and online with her vivid narratives. Humorous and biting, personal and communal, self-deprecating and unapologetically self-loving, peluda (meaning “hairy” or “hairy beast”) is the poet at her best.
The book explores the relationship between femininity and body hair as well as the intersections of family, class, the immigrant experience, Latina identity, and much more, all through Lozada-Oliva’s unique lens and striking voice; peluda is a powerful testimony on body image and the triumph over taboo.
About the magic my body becomes
In exploring family history, civil war, trauma, and Lebanon itself, Rizkallah draws from the spirits of canonical Arab and Middle Eastern poets, and the reader feels these spirits exorcising the grief of those who are still alive. Throughout, there is the body, a reclamation and pushback against cultures that simultaneously sexualize and shame women. And there is a softness as inherent as rage, a resisting of stereotypes that too often speak louder than the complexities of a colonized, yet resilient, cultural identity.
Rizkallah’s the magic my body becomes is an exciting new book from an exciting young poet, a love letter to a people as well as a fist in the air. It is the first book in the Etel Adnan Poetry Series, publishing first or second books of poetry in English by writers of Arab heritage.The voice here freely asserts gender, sexuality, and religious beliefs, while at the same time it respects a generational divide: the younger’s privilege gained by the sacrifice of the older, the impossibility of separating what is wholly hers from what is hers second-hand.
This event is free and open to the public.
Harvard Book Store
1256 Massachusetts Ave.
02138 Cambridge, Massachusetts

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I don’t know the Latin names of flowers.
I know that there are cities wherein stars

Will labor to appear in bursts of as
Or under, will command the color green

To work with from or of or in in staves
And paragraphs, will demarcate the limits

This is the moment when you see again
the red berries of the mountain ash
and in the dark sky
the birds' night migrations.

It grieves me to think
the dead won't see them—
these things we depend on,
they disappear.

What will the soul do for solace then?
I tell myself maybe it won't need
these pleasures anymore


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