We’re giddy to be hosting this reading in celebration of Xandria Phillips’s newly released chapbook Reasons for Smoking (The Seattle Review / Paper Hammer), chosen by Claudia Rankine as the winner of the 2016 Seattle Review Chapbook Contest. Joining Xandria Phillips for the evening will be Quenton Baker and Sarah Maria Medina.
Quenton Baker is a poet and educator from Seattle. His current focus is anti-blackness and the afterlife of slavery. His work has appeared in Jubilat, Vinyl, Apogee, Pinwheel, Poetry Northwest, The James Franco Review, and Cura and in the anthologies Measure for Measure: An Anthology of Poetic Meters and It Was Written: Poetry Inspired by Hip-Hop. He has an MFA in Poetry from the University of Southern Maine and is a two-time Pushcart Prize nominee. He is a 2017 Jack Straw fellow and is the recipient of a James W. Ray Venture Project award from Artist Trust. His first collection, This Glittering Republic, came out from Willow Books in 2016.
Sarah María Medina is a poet and a fiction/creative non-fiction writer from the American Northwest. Her writing has been published in Vol. 1 Brooklyn, Prelude, Split This Rock, Raspa Literary Journal, and elsewhere. She is an ARTIST UP Grant LAB recipient for her poetry manuscript in progress “Ochún’s Daughter.” Her work is forthcoming in Nepantla: An Anthology, and Bettering American Poetry Vol. 2. She is also the poetry editor at Winter Tangerine. Medina is Boricua (The United Confederation of Taíno People). She is at work on several projects. www.sarahmariamedina.com @LaHurakan
Xandria Phillips is a poet from rural Ohio. She edits for Honeysuckle Press as well at Winter Tangerine and is the curator of Love Letters to Spooks. She is both a Cave Canem and Callaloo fellow. You can find her poetry in Beloit Poetry Journal, West Branch, Nashville Review, The Journal, The Offing, and elsewhere. Her poetry is forthcoming in Bettering American Poetry (2016), Best New Poets (2017), Nepantla: An Anthology, and Black Girl Magic. Reach out to her at xandriaphillips.com.