SHELF LIFE—Music, Grace & Grit: Black Voices in Verse

Poets Ashley M. Jones (Reparations Now!), Khalisa Rae (Ghost in a Black Girl’s Throat), and Crystal Wilkinson (Perfect Black) confront their complex Southern inheritance, mourning the horrors of racism while …

December 16, 2021 | 12PM – 1PM

Valencia Robin

Valencia Robin is the author of Ridiculous Light, winner of Persea Books’ Lexi Rudnitksy First Book Prize, finalist for the Kate Tufts Discovery Award and one of Library Journal’s best …


Khalisa Rae

Khalisa Rae, author of Ghost in a Black Girl’s Throat, is a poet, queer rights activist, journalist, and educator in Durham, N.C., and a graduate of the Queens University MFA …


Ashley Jones

Ashley M. Jones, author of Reparations Now!, is the Poet Laureate of Alabama, holds an MFA in Poetry from Florida International University, and has also written Magic City Gospel and …


Crystal Wilkinson

Crystal Wilkinson, author of Perfect Black, is the Poet Laureate of Kentucky. She is also the author of The Birds of Opulence, winner of the Ernest J. Gaines Award, and …


Worlds Within Words: Poetry

Hear poets Nin Andrews (The Last Orgasm), Sandra Beasley (Made to Explode), Vijay Seshadri (That Was Now, This Is Then), and Katherine E. Young (Woman Drinking Absinthe) read from their …

April 22, 2021 | 12PM – 1PM

Raisa Tolchinsky

Raisa Tolchinsky is a poet and teacher. She has lived and worked in Chicago, New York, Italy, and Iceland and is trained as an amateur boxer. Currently, Raisa is a …


Sandra Beasley

Sandra Beasley is the author of four poetry collections—Made to Explode, Count the Waves, I Was the Jukebox, and Theories of Falling—as well as Don’t Kill the Birthday Girl: Tales …


Katherine E. Young

Katherine E. Young is the author of Woman Drinking Absinthe and Day of the Border Guards and editor of Written in Arlington. She is also an award-winning translator of Russian-language …


Nin Andrews

Nin Andrews, author of The Last Orgasm, has published poems in many literary journals and anthologies including Ploughshares, Agni, The Paris Review, and four editions of Best American Poetry. She …


Kaveh Akbar

Kaveh Akbar is the author of Calling a Wolf a Wolf: Poems and the forthcoming collection, Pilgrim Bell. Akbar has received honors such as a Levis Reading Prize and multiple …


Indigenous Poetry: Language as a Map Home

Virginia Poet Laureate Luisa A. Igloria (Maps for Migrants and Ghosts) and Benjamín Naka-Hasebe Kingsley (Dēmos: An American Multitude) read from and discuss their work exploring how language serves as …

March 21, 2021 | 7PM – 7:45PM
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