Virtual Reading with Poetry Quartet

Join us for a virtual poetry reading and discussion with Adrienne Su, Blas Falconer, John Sibley Williams, and Martha Silano as we celebrate their new poetry releases.

Adrienne Su is the author of five books of poems: Peach State (Pitt, 2021), Living Quarters (Manic D Press, 2015), Having None of It (Manic D, 2009), Sanctuary (Manic D, 2006), and Middle Kingdom (Alice James Books, 1997). Her work has been recognized by fellowships from the Barbara Deming Fund and the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as five appearances in Best American Poetry. She lives in Carlisle, Pennsylvania and teaches at Dickinson College.

Adrienne Su will be reading from Peach State (Pitt, 2021), which explores the transformation of Atlanta, Georgia, from the mid-twentieth century to today, as seen and shaped by Chinese Americans.

Blas Falconer is the author of three poetry collections, including Forgive the Body This Failure, and a coeditor of two essay collections, The Other Latin@: Writing Against a Singular Identity and Mentor and Muse: Essays from Poets to Poets. His poems have been featured by Poetry, Harvard Review, and The New York Times, and his awards include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Tennessee Arts Commission, and Poets and Writers. He is a poetry editor for The Los Angeles Review and teaches in the MFA program at San Diego State University.

Blas' poetry in Rara Avis brings influence and authority into question as it considers fatherhood, art, science, and history.

John Sibley Williams is the author of seven poetry collections, including Scale Model of a Country at Dawn (Cider Press Review Poetry Award), The Drowning House (Elixir Press Poetry Award), As One Fire Consumes Another(Orison Poetry Prize), Skin Memory (Backwaters Prize, University of Nebraska Press), and Summon (JuxtaProse Chapbook Prize). A twenty-seven-time Pushcart nominee, John is the winner of numerous awards, including the Wabash Prize for Poetry, Philip Booth Award, Phyllis Smart-Young Prize, and Laux/Millar Prize. He serves as editor of The Inflectionist Review and founder of the Caesura Poetry Workshop series. Previous publishing credits include Best American Poetry, Yale Review, Verse Daily, North American Review, Prairie Schooner, and TriQuarterly.

John Sibley Williams will be reading from and launching his two new books, both published in January 2022: Scale Model of a Country at Dawn (winner of the Cider Press Review Poetry Award) and The Drowning House (winner of the Elixir Press Poetry Award).

Martha Silano has authored five poetry books, including Gravity Assist (Saturnalia Books, 2019), The Little Office of the Immaculate Conception, winner of the 2010 Saturnalia Books Poetry Prize and a Washington State Book Award finalist, and Reckless Lovely (Saturnalia Books, 2014). Martha's poems have appeared in Poetry, Poetry Daily, Verse Daily, Paris Review, AGNI, North American Review, American Poetry Review, New Ohio Review, Prairie Schooner, Blackbird, Copper Nickel,  Mississippi Review, and elsewhere. Her poem "Love" appears in The Best American Poetry 2009. Martha teaches at Bellevue College.

A gravity assist occurs when a spacecraft uses the gravitational force of an object (usually a planet) to alter its speed or trajectory. In Gravity Assist, Silano explores this concept, focusing on the forces that not only set a body in motion but cause it to waiver or soar. Cerebral yet meditative, capacious yet focused, this book achieves its loft through investigations and ruminations, origin stories, and gravitational forces both literal and metaphorical. Silano weaves the humanistic and the cosmic, examining phenomena as far flung as copepods, nebula, trilobites, and preening cormorants.


Topic: Virtual Reading with Poetry Quartet

Time: Mar 11, 2022 05:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)


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