Friday, June 8, 2012

June 27

I'm reading here on June 27.  

is proud to invite you to a poetry reading with

Alicia Ostriker
Rebecca Gayle Howell
Amy Lawless

Where: Cornelia Street Café
When: Wednesday, June 27, 2012, 6pm


Alicia Ostriker is a major American poet, critic, and activist. Twice a finalist for the National Book Award, Ostriker has published numerous volumes of poetry, including The Book of Seventy (2009), which received the Jewish National Book Award. Other books of poetry include No Heaven (2005); The Volcano Sequence (2002); Little Space (1998), a finalist for the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize; The Crack in Everything (1996), which won the Paterson Award and the San Francisco State Poetry Center Award; The Imaginary Lover (1986), winner of the William Carlos Williams Award; A Woman Under the Surface (1983), Once More Out of Darkness (1974), and Songs (1969). Ostriker’s poetry and criticism investigates themes of family, social justice, Jewish identity, women’s place in literature, and personal growth. Ostriker’s books of criticism include For the Love of God: The Bible as an Open Book (2009), Dancing at the Devil’s Party: Essays on Poetry, Politics, and the Erotic (2000), and Stealing the Language: The Emergence of Women’s Poetry in America (1983). Ostriker has received awards and fellowships from the NEA, the Guggenheim and Rockefeller foundations, the Poetry Society of America, and the San Francisco State Poetry Center, among others. She has taught in the low-residency Poetry MFA program of Drew University and New England College. Ostriker is professor emerita of English at Rutgers University and teaches midrash writing workshops.

Rebecca Gayle Howell’s poems and translations appear in Ninth Letter, Ecotone, 32 Poems, storySouth, Hayden's Ferry Review, Poetry Daily, and others. She holds a combined MFA from Drew University and is the recipient of the Jules Chametzky Prize in Literary Translation, a poetry fellowship from the Fine Arts Work Center, and longterm support from the Kentucky Foundation for Women. Also a documentarian, her major projects include "Overburden: A People and Place Mined" (Plundering Appalachia - Earth Aware Editions) and This is Home Now: Kentucky’s Holocaust Survivors Speak (U Press of Kentucky). Howell’s translation of Hagar Before the Occupation / Hagar After the Occupation (Alice James Books) was listed by the Library Journal as a best book of 2011, a new book to watch by Memoriousmag, and was a finalist for Three Percent's Best Translated Book Award.

Amy Lawless is the author of Noctis Licentia (Black Maze Books, 2008), as well as the chapbook Elephants in Mourning ([sic] Press, 2012). She was named a 2011 New York Foundation for the Arts fellow. Some poems have recently appeared in the Pen Poetry Series, H_NGM_N, Sink Review, and Zócalo Public Square. She teaches creative writing at Rutgers University and lives in Brooklyn.

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