They know that death is merely of the body not the species, know that their putrid chitin is always memorable. We call them ugly with their blackened exoskeletons, their wall-crawlings as we paw at them. Extreme adaptability, we say. And where there’s one there’s probably a million more who lie and laugh
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Mar 23 2018
Martín Espada has published nearly twenty books as a poet, editor, essayist and translator. His latest collection of poems is Vivas to Those Who Have Failed (2016). Other books of poems include The Trouble Ball (2011), The Republic of Poetry (2006), Alabanza (2003), and A Mayan Astronomer in Hell’s Kitchen (2000). His honors include the Shelley Memorial Award, the Robert Creeley Award, the National Hispanic Cultural Center Literary Award, an American Book Award, the PEN/Revson Fellowship and a Guggenheim Fellowship. The Republic of Poetry was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. A former tenant lawyer in Greater Boston’s Latino community, Espada is a professor of English at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.
Katherine Anne Porter Literary Center
508 Center Street78640 Kyle, Texas
Dec 21 2017
A featured poet and open mic. One door west of Lestat's Coffee House. Host: Seretta Martin.
Lestat's Coffee House
3343 Adams Avenue92116 San Diego, California
Dec 19 2017
Doors 6:30 pm. Third Tuesday of every month, with different featured poets each time, and a chance to read your own work during the open mic section at the end.
Hosted by Harris Gardner and Gloria Mindock
Admission fee: $4.00
Arts at the Armory
191 Highland Avenue, Suite 1-C02143 Somerville, Massachusetts
Dec 08 2017
Julia Elliott is the author of The Wilds (Tin House Books, 2014), and The New and Improved Romie Futch (Tin House Books, 2015). A reading showcasing the student talent of NYU's graduate Creative Writing Program alongside a headlining guest author.
85 East 4th Street10003 New York, New York
Dec 07 2017
“Extraordinary and wonderful” (New York Times), Ntozake Shange wrote the Broadway-staged Obie Award-winning for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf, the groundbreaking prose poem/theater piece hybrid that since 1975 has helped reveal what it is to be of color and female in America. The recipient of a Guggenheim Foundation fellowship and a Pushcart Prize, she is also the author of many works of fiction, including her debut novel Sassafras, Cypress & Indigo and story of Liliane. In Wild Beauty, Shange presents more than 60 original and previously collected poems in English and Spanish as a call to action for a new generation of activists.
Parkway Central Library
1901 Vine Street (between 19th and 20th Streets on the Parkway)19103 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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The crunch is the thing, a certain joy in crashing through living tissue, a memory of Neanderthal days. —Edward Bunyard, The Anatomy of Dessert, 1929 Teeth at the skin. Anticipation. Then flesh. Grain on the tongue. Eve's knees ground in the dirt of paradise. Newton watching gravity happen. The