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February 2018

[Offsite] SAL Poetry Series: Gregory Orr

February 7 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Gregory Orr, the author of more than ten collections of poetry and several volumes of essays, criticism, and memoir, is a master of brevity and the personal lyric. Critic Hank Lazer observes: “From Burning the Empty Nests to the present, Orr gradually developed the ability to fuse his incredible skill at visual precision—the signature of his image-based work in his very first book—with an insistent musical quality, joining visual precision with a beauty of sound.” As a twelve-year-old boy, Orr accidentally…

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March 2018

[Offsite] SAL Poetry Series: Tyehimba Jess

March 4 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Born in Detroit, Tyehimba Jess is the author of leadbelly, winner of the 2004 National Poetry Series selected by Brigit Pegeen Kelly, and Olio, winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize. leadbelly, which explores the life and times of the legendary blues musician through a biography in poems, was named one of the “Best Poetry Books of 2005” by both LibraryJournal and Black Issues Book Review, and Publishers Weekly noted that “the collection’s strength lies in its contradictory forms; from biography…

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April 2018

[Offsite] SAL Poetry Series: Rachel McKibbens, Benjamin Alire Sáenz & Javier Zamora

April 27 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

      Rachel McKibbens is a Chicana poet and Pink Elephant. McKibbens is a two-time New York Foundation for the Arts Poetry Fellow and the 2009 Women of the World Poetry Slam champion. She co-curates the monthly reading series Poetry & Pie Night with poet Jacob Rakovan in upstate New York, and is a member of the Right Coast Writers Brigade. She has been published in numerous journals and anthologies, including World Literature Today, The New York Quarterly, and Bowery Women:…

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May 2018

[Offsite] SAL Poetry Series: Aimee Nezhukumatathil

May 21 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Born in 1974 in Chicago to a Filipina mother and Malayali Indian father, Aimee Nezhukumatathil is known for poems that braid three cultures–Filipino, Indian, and American–and for poetry that is bright, accessible, and filled with lush sensory images. She received her B.A. in English and M.F.A. in poetry and creative nonfiction from Ohio State University in Columbus. Poet Naomi Shiab Nye writes, “Aimee Nezhukumatathil’s poems are as ripe, funny and fresh as a precious friendship. They’re the fullness of days,…

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