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Jan
7
Thu
2016
Laurel Blossom at Litchfield Tea & Poetry @ Litchfield Higher Education Center
Jan 7 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Jan
28
Thu
2016
Stephanie Ford at Literary Arts @ 925 SW Washington St.
Jan 28 @ 7:00 pm
Jan
29
Fri
2016
Andrea Cohen at Cornelia St. Cafe
Jan 29 @ 6:00 pm
Jan
31
Sun
2016
Pulitzer Prize winner Gregory Pardlo and Reginald Dwayne Betts at Poetry in the Parlors @ Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum
Jan 31 @ 4:30 pm
Feb
2
Tue
2016
Laurel Blossom at Mac’s Books
Feb 2 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Hear Poet Laureate of Edgefield, SC Laurel Blossom (Longevity, fourwaybooks.com) read with Kathleen Cerveny at Mac’s Books in Cleveland Heights, OH.

Feb
3
Wed
2016
Laurel Blossom at the Hathaway Brown School
Feb 3 all-day
Rebecca Okrent and Deborah Gorlin at Porter Square Books @ Porter Square Books
Feb 3 @ 7:00 pm
Feb
4
Thu
2016
Gregory Pardlo, Tina Chang, and Rachel Eliza Griffiths at the Women Writers of Color Reading Room @ Pratt Institute
Feb 4 @ 7:00 pm
Kamilah Aisha Moon at Hugo House @ Huge House
Feb 4 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Feb
8
Mon
2016
The Human Voice in Struggle @ Folger Shakespeare Library
Feb 8 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

“Reginald Dwayne Betts paid a heavy price for the wisdom coursing through his fierce, unstoppable book of poems, Bastards of the Reagan Era. . . Betts’s journey back—from prison all the way to Yale Law School—is as inspiring as it is rare, and should give us pause in condemning any man to social death. From rebirth comes justice—and power.”
—Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

“For his dominate (though certainly not exclusive) themes…of his Salvadoran childhood and the struggles of immigrant life in the United States, and yet spiraling up repeatedly in stunning riffs of word-song is the rare thing called duende, marvelous in itself but also in its evocations of beauty to be found in the life fully lived, the struggle never abandoned.”
—B.H. Fairchild, poet

Reginald Dwayne Betts’ first collection of poems, Shahid Reads His Own Palm, won the Beatrice Hawley Award. His memoir, A Question of Freedom: A Memoir of Learning, Survival, and Coming of Age in Prison, was the recipient of the 2010 NAACP Image Award for non-fiction. His work has also led to numerous fellowships and two Pushcart Prizes.

William Archila is the author of the poetry collections The Art of Exile, which won the International Latino Book Award, and The Gravedigger’s Archaeology, which won the Letras Latinas/Red Hen Poetry Prize. His poetry is featured in the anthologies Another City: Writing from Los Angeles and New to North America: Writing by U.S. Immigrants, Their Children and Grandchildren.

Introduction and moderated conversation by poet Joseph Ross