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Jan 19 2018

#PoetryNearYou Pick of the Week: Reasons for Smoking by Xandria Phillips

Come celebrate the release of the new chapbook, Reasons for Smoking, by poet Xandria Phillips on January 19, 2018, 7:30 p.m., at Women & Children First in Chicago, IL. Reasons for Smoking is the winner of the the Seattle Review’s 2016 Chapbook contest, which was judged by Claudia Rankine. Rankine said of Phillips’ work, “The poems in Reasons for Smoking articulate how living, touching, noticing, speaking, and remembering are necessary and subversive acts.” For this event, Xandria will be joined by Chekwube Danladi.
 
Xandria Phillips is a poet who hails from rural Ohio but currently lives in Chicago. Xandria received her BA from Oberlin College, where she studied creative writing and Africana Studies. She has received fellowships from Cave Canem and Callaloo. Xandria’s poetry is present or forthcoming in Callaloo, Transition, Nepantla, and elsewhere.
 
Chekwube O. Danladi was born in Lagos, Nigeria and raised in Washington DC and West Baltimore. Their chapbook, Take Me Back, was recently included as part of the New-Generation African Poets: Nne. They have received support from Callaloo, Kimbilio, the Vermont Studio Center, and Hedgebrook, and their work has been nominated for a Pushcart. They are currently at work on a novel about queers living in Abuja, Nigeria. They live in Urbana, Illinois.
 
 

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7:30pm
Women & Children First
5233 N. Clark St.
60640 Chicago, Illinois
Jan 18 2018

A Poetry Reading by Simone White

Simone White is the author of Dear Angel of Death (coming later this year from Ugly Duckling Presse), Of Being Dispersed, and House of Envy of All the World, the poetry chapbook, Unrest, and the collaborative poem/painting chapbook, Dolly, with Kim Thomas. Her poetry and prose have been featured in NYTimes Book Review, Harper's Magazine, BOMB Magazine, Chicago Review, and Harriet: The Blog. In 2017, she received the Whiting Award for poetry. She works as Program Director at The Poetry Project and, this spring, is Visiting Associate Professor of Creative Writing at The University of Iowa Writers' Workshop.

6:30pm
Kelly Writers House
3805 Locust Walk
19104 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Jan 18 2018

A Celebration of Derek Walcott

With Hilton Als, Carolyn Forche, Lorna Goodison, Jamaica Kincaid, Yusef Komunyakaa, Glyn Maxwell, Caryl Phillips, and more.

“What better way is there to memorialize a writer than to read what he has written and remember who he was in all those worlds of words he was brave and confident enough to imagine in the first place?” These words from Hilton Als’s remembrance of Derek Walcott, who died earlier this year, inspire this tribute to the poet, hailed “for a poetic oeuvre of great luminosity, sustained by a historical vision” when awarded the Nobel Prize in 1992.
 
Co-presented by the Academy of American Poets, Cave Canem Foundation, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Poets House and the Poetry Society of America.
 
 
Admission fee: $22.00
7:30pm
Kaufmann Concert Hall, 92nd Street Y
1395 Lexington Ave
10128