Join us for readings by Lisa Dordal and Carolyne Wright!
Lisa Dordal (M.Div., M.F.A.) is a Pushcart Prize nominated poet whose work has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies including Best New Poets, Ninth Letter,Cave Wall, CALYX, The Greensboro Review, Vinyl Poetry and Nasty Women Poets: An Unapologetic Anthology of Subversive Verse. She is the recipient of an Academy of American Poets Prize, the Robert Watson Poetry Prize, and the Betty Gabehart Poetry Prize. She teaches in the English Department at Vanderbilt University and her first full-length collection of poetry, Mosaic of the Dark, is available from Black Lawrence Press. For more information, please visit lisadordal.com
Carolyne Wright’s new book is This Dream the World: New & Selected Poems (Lost Horse Press, 2017), whose title poem received a Pushcart Prize and was included in The Best American Poetry 2009. Her co-edited anthology, Raising Lilly Ledbetter: Women Poets Occupy the Workspace (Lost Horse Press, 2015), received ten Pushcart Prize nominations and was a finalist in the Foreword Review’s Book of the Year Awards. She has nine earlier poetry volumes, five books of poetry in translation from Spanish and Bengali, and a collection of essays; and has received NEA, 4Culture, and Seattle Arts Commission fellowships, among others. She teaches for Seattle’s Richard Hugo House; for the Antioch University Los Angeles low-residency MFA Program; and for national and international literary conferences and festivals. A Seattle native who studied poetry with Elizabeth Bishop, Richard Hugo, and William Stafford, among others, Wright lived in Chile and traveled in Brazil on a Fulbright Grant during the presidency of Salvador Allende; and spent four years on Fulbright and other fellowships in India and Bangladesh, translating Bengali women poets. She has been regaining fluency in Brazilian Portuguese in preparation for a return visit to Bahia on an Instituto Sacatar residency fellowship in mid-2018.