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Sep 22 2017

#PoetryNearYou Pick of the Week: Visiting Author Reading Series Presents Chen Chen

Chen Chen is the author of When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities, winner of the A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize and longlisted for the National Book Award for Poetry. His work has appeared in two chapbooks and in publications such as Poetry, The New York Times Magazine, and The Best American Poetry. He has received fellowships from Kundiman, Lambda Literary, and the Saltonstall Foundation. He holds an MFA from Syracuse University and is currently pursuing a PhD in English and Creative Writing at Texas Tech University.

Each year, the YMCA's Downtown Writers Center hosts more than 20 authors for free readings. In their first 17 years, they've hosted over 400 authors, from first-time novelists to Pulitzer Prize winners and Poet Laureates. Past guests have included such literary luminaries as Charles Simic, Ted Kooser, Cornelius Eady, Sapphire, Steve Almond, Dorianne Laux, Carl Dennis, and many others. 

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7:00pm
Downtown Syracuse YMCA
340 Montgomery St.
13202 Syracuse, New York
Sep 21 2017

Poetry Workshop: Odes

All experience levels are welcome to a discussion and creative workshop moderated by Poetry Foundation library coordinator Maggie Queeney. In September, we will explore the ode, a lyric poem of address, praise, and celebration of a person, place, thing, or idea. After reading a wide range of poems, participants will be guided through composing original odes. Materials will be provided, but participants are encouraged to bring texts that relate to a current creative project.

6:00pm
Albany Park Library
3401 W. Foster Avenue
60625-4808 Chicago, Illinois
Sep 21 2017

New Alchemy Poetry Series

A featured poet and open mic. One door west of Lestat's Coffee House. Host: Seretta Martin.
 
7:00pm
Lestat's Coffee House
3343 Adams Avenue
92116 San Diego, California
Sep 21 2017

Poetry Flash Presents Brittany Perham and Matthew Siegel

Poetry Flash presents a poetry reading by Brittany Perham, author of Double Portrait, and Matthew Siegel, author of Blood Work.
 
Brittany Perham's new book of poems, Double Portrait, was the winner of the 2016 Barnard Women Poets Prize, selected by Claudia Rankine, who says, "Double Portrait, by turns playful, mournful, indulgent, musical, insightful, and all the way human, comes clean about our most driving desires…imaginative and familiar, the result is full of humor that is both rueful and sensual." A Jones lecturer in the Creative Writing Program at Stanford University where she was a Stegner Fellow, she is author of the previous collection The Curiosities and co-author, with Kim Addonizio, of the chapbook The Night Could Go in Either Direction
 
Matthew Siegel's debut book of poems, Blood Work, was winner of the 2015 Felix Pollak Prize in Poetry, selected by Lucia Perillo, who says, "These poems resist the dualities of lyric versus narrative, confessional versus impersonal, real against surreal, formal/improvisational, comic/sad. Matthew Siegel manages to tick off all the boxes at once, while remaining compulsively readable. The trick that he's pulled off is to make a book that simultaneously tickles you and shakes you by the scruff of your neck." He, too, is a former Stegner Fellow at Stanford.
 
 
7:30pm
Moe's Books
2476 Telegraph Ave
94704 Berkeley, California
Sep 22 2017

The Environment of the College Classroom

Scholars Erica Chu and Gabriella Gutiérrez y Muhs and creative writers and scholars Ching-In Chen, Ailish Hopper and Prageeta Sharma will discuss “identity politics” in college classrooms.

Contact: cww@salem.edu
1:00pm to 2:30pm
SAlem College LAR
601 S. Church St
27101 Winston Salem, North Carolina

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Then we are in the back seat of a car kissing
           not the light kind but one where our
    hands are on each other’s cheeks holding
                 each other’s heads as if they will fall

off why does so much love come at the beginning
           then disappear then once again at

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The obvious is difficult
To prove. Many prefer
The hidden. I did, too.
I listened to the trees.

They had a secret
Which they were about to
Make known to me—
And then didn't.

Summer came. Each tree
On my street had its own
Scheherazade. My nights
Were a part of their wild

Storytelling. We were
Entering dark
poem
To be the name uttered, but not to have the burden to be
To be the name said, but not heard
To not breathe anymore, to be the thing
To be the thing being breathed
To not be about to die, to be already dead
To not have to disappoint
To not have the burden of being late
Or punctual
To not eat, to not have to eat