Join us for an exploration of poetry and the body this evening with graduates of the Poets House Emerging Poets Fellowship.
Poets Chia-Lun Chang, Alex Cuff, Rico Frederick, Ricardo Hernandez, Cynthia Manick, and Adeeba Talukder will read new work composed on the theme of the body as inspired by experiences working in the Poets House archives.
Presented as a part of «Where My Dreaming and My Loving Live, Poetry & the Body, the second annual initiative of the Poetry Coalition, a national poetry coalition working to promote the value poets bring to our culture and the important contribution poetry makes in the lives of people of all ages and backgrounds.
General admission is $10 for adults, $7 for students and seniors, and free for Poets House members.
Poets House is an ADA accessible building.
Chia-Lun Chang is a New York-based writer born in Taipei, Taiwan. Chang engages in poetry, nonfiction, playwriting, translation, painting and collage. She is the author of the chapbook, One Day We Become Whites, No, Dear/Small Anchor Press (2016). Chang is a recipient of Poets House Fellowship, New York, NY (2016); The Center for Book Arts fellowship, New York, NY (2015); Brown University-Tougaloo College partnership scholarship, Providence, RI (2011); and The Ministry of Education of Taiwan teaching fellowship, Vietnam (2009).
Alex Cuff is a poet and public school teacher living in Brooklyn. Her writing can be found online in the Recluse, Apogee Journal, Sink Review, Two Serious Ladies, Bling That Sings and Leveler, and is forthcoming in 6×6. She’s a graduate of the Milton Avery School of the Arts at Bard College and co-founding editor of No, Dear magazine.
Rico Frederick is an award-winning performance poet, graphic designer, and the author of the book Broken Calypsonian (2014). He was the first poet to represent all four New York City poetry venues at the National Poetry Slam, of which he was Grand Slam Champion in 2010 and 2012. His poems, artistic work, and films have been featured in the New York Times, Muzzle, No Dear Magazine, The Big Apple Film Festival, and elsewhere. He is a Trinidadian transplant living in New York City.
Ricardo Thomas Manuel Hernandez is a poet and spoken word artist from Bensonhurst, Brooklyn. He began performing throughout the New York City poetry scene in September 2012. Since then he has featured at Tom Kane’s Boulevard Bards, Saturn Poetry Series, Word at 4F, Ken Siegelman’s Brooklyn Poetry Outreach, The Nuyorican Poets Café, and HOW TO BUILD A FIRE: A Brooklyn Storytelling Series, and recently starred as Allen Ginsberg in Brooklyn Gypsies’ Ghetto Hors D’oeuvres: Last Night of the Palladium. Ricardo can be found on the third Tuesday of every month as he curates and hosts The Poets Settlement open mic series at Breuckelen Colony Bar & Grill in Park Slope.
Cynthia Manick is the author of Blue Hallelujahs (Black Lawrence Press, 2016). A Pushcart Prize nominated poet with a MFA in Creative Writing from the New School; she has received fellowships from Cave Canem, the Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop, Fine Arts Work Center, Millay Colony, Hedgebrook, Poets House, and the Vermont Studio Center. A winner of the 2016 Lascaux Prize in Collected Poetry and a 2017 recipient of the Barbara Memorial Fund Award for Poetry; Manick serves as East Coast Editor of the independent press Jamii Publishing and is Founder and Curator of the reading series Soul Sister Revue.
Adeeba Talukder is a Pakistani-American poet and translator. She translates Urdu and Persian poetry, and cannot help but bring elements from these worlds to her own work in English. A Best of the Net nominee, her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Glass Poetry Press, Solstice Literary Magazine, Washington Square Review, PBS Frontline, and the Huffington Post among other publications. Adeeba received her MFA in Creative Writing at the University of Michigan, and is currently working on translating two books of poetry. When she isn't writing, she spends a disproportionate amount of her time singing.