At this event, we’re welcoming from out of town three of today’s most exciting emerging poets—Kaveh Akbar (Calling a Wolf a Wolf, forthcoming from Alice James), Jennifer S. Cheng (House A, Omnidawn Press), and Paige Lewis (Reasons to Wake You, forthcoming from Tupelo Press). Come early and grab a seat; this is a reading you definitely do not want to miss.
Kaveh Akbar is the founding editor of Divedapper. His poems appear recently or soon in The New Yorker, Poetry, Ploughshares, APR, Tin House, and elsewhere. His debut full-length collection, Calling a Wolf a Wolf, will be published by Alice James Books in September 2017; he is also the author of the chapbook Portrait of the Alcoholic. The recipient of a Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation and a Lucille Medwick Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America, Kaveh was born in Tehran, Iran, and is a Visiting Professor of Poetry in the Purdue University MFA program.
Jennifer S. Cheng writes in the intersection of poetry and essay. She is the author of HOUSE A, selected by Claudia Rankine as winner of the Omnidawn Poetry Book Prize, and Invocation: An Essay (New Michigan Press), an image-text chapbook. Her writing appears in Tin House, AGNI, Mid-American Review, Black Warrior Review, The Normal School, The Offing, Entropy, The Rumpus, and elsewhere. She received her BA from Brown University, MFA degrees from the University of Iowa and San Francisco State University, along with fellowships and awards from the U.S. Fulbright program, Kundiman, Bread Loaf, and the Academy of American Poets. Having grown up in Texas, Hong Kong, and Connecticut, she currently lives in San Francisco, where she is a founding editor of Drop Leaf Press.
Paige Lewis, whose poems have appeared or are forthcoming in American Poetry Review, Ploughshares, The Massachusetts Review, The Colorado Review, and elsewhere, is the 2016 recipient of The Florida Review Editors’ Award in Poetry, and is the author of the chapbook, Reasons to Wake You, forthcoming from Tupelo Press.