Join Jenny Xie at POWERHOUSE for the launch of her debut book of poetry, EYE LEVEL (Graywolf Press), recipient of the Walt Whitman Award of the Academy of American Poets. Featuring readings by Joseph Legaspi, Sahar Muradi, Nicole Sealey, and Jenny Xie. Refreshments, Q&A, and book signing to follow. Free entry.
About the Book:
Jenny Xie's award-winning debut, EYE LEVEL, takes us far and near, to Phnom Penh, Corfu, Hanoi, New York, and elsewhere, as we travel closer and closer to the acutely felt solitude that centers this searching, moving collection. Animated by a restless inner questioning, these poems meditate on the forces that moor the self and set it in motion, from immigration to travel to estranging losses and departures. The sensual worlds here―colors, smells, tastes, and changing landscapes―bring to life questions about the self as seer and the self as seen. As Xie writes, «Me? I'm just here in my traveler's clothes, trying on each passing town for size.» Her taut, elusive poems exult in a life simultaneously crowded and quiet, caught in between things and places, and never quite entirely at home. Xie is a poet of extraordinary perception―both to the tangible world and to «all that is untouchable as far as the eye can reach.»
About the Author and Readers:
Jenny Xie is the author of EYE LEVEL (Graywolf Press, April 2018), selected by Juan Felipe Herrera as the winner of the 2017 Walt Whitman Award of the Academy of American Poets, and NOWHERE TO ARRIVE (Northwestern University Press, 2017), recipient of the 2016 Drinking Gourd Prize. Her poems appear in Poetry, the American Poetry Review, the New Republic, Tin House, and Kenyon Review Online, among other publications. She holds degrees from Princeton University and New York University's Creative Writing Program, and has received fellowships and support from Kundiman, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, the Elizabeth George Foundation, and Poets & Writers. She teaches at New York University.
Joseph O. Legaspi is the author of the poetry collections THRESHOLD and IMAGO, both from CavanKerry Press; and three chapbooks: POSTCARDS (Ghost Bird Press), AVIARY, BESTIARY (Organic Weapon Arts), and SUBWAYS (Thrush Press). Recent works have appeared in POETRY, New England Review, World Literature Today, Beloit Poetry Journal, and the Academy of American Poets’ Poem-a-Day. He co-founded Kundiman (kundiman.org), a non-profit organization serving generations of Asian American writers and readers.
Sahar Muradi is a writer, performer, and educator born in Afghanistan and raised in the U.S. / is co-editor of ONE STORY, THIRTY STORIES: AN ANTHOLOGY OF CONTEMPORARY AFGHAN AMERICAN LITERATURE / is co-founder of the Afghan American Artists and Writers Association / has published most recently in Bone Bouquet and Dusie / is a recipient of the 2016 Stacy Doris Memorial Poetry Award, a Kundiman Poetry Fellowship, and an AAWW Open City Fellowship / directs the poetry programs at City Lore / and believes in the bottom of the rice pot.
Born in St. Thomas, U.S.V.I. and raised in Apopka, Florida, Nicole Sealey is the author of ORDINARY BEAST and THE ANIMAL AFTER WHOM OTHER ANIMALS ARE NAMED, winner of the 2015 Drinking Gourd Chapbook Poetry Prize. Her other honors include an Elizabeth George Foundation Grant, the Stanley Kunitz Memorial Prize from The American Poetry Review, a Daniel Varoujan Award and the Poetry International Prize, as well as fellowships from CantoMundo, Cave Canem Foundation, MacDowell Colony and the Poetry Project. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times and elsewhere. Nicole holds an MLA in Africana Studies from the University of South Florida and an MFA in creative writing from New York University. She is the executive director at Cave Canem Foundation.