Writers in Camden: Tina Chang and Marie Howe


January 24, 2018

Workshop with Tina Chang, 3-4:30, Writers House

Reading: 7 pm, Multipurpose Room, Campus Center

326 Penn Street


Marie Howe is the author of four volumes of poetry, Magdalene: PoemsThe Kingdom of Ordinary Time; The Good Thief; and What the Living Do, and she is the co-editor of a book of essays, In the Company of My Solitude: American Writing from the AIDS Pandemic. Her poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Poetry, Agni, Ploughshares, Harvard Review, and The Partisan Review, among others. She has been a fellow at the Bunting Institute at Radcliffe College and a recipient of NEA and Guggenheim fellowships, and Stanley Kunitz selected Howe for a Lavan Younger Poets Prize from the American Academy of Poets. In 2015, she received the Academy of American Poets Poetry Fellowship which recognizes distinguished poetic achievement. From 2012-2014, she served as the Poet Laureate of New York State.

Tina Chang was raised in New York City. She is the first female to be named Poet Laureate of Brooklyn and is the author of the collections of poetry Of Gods & Strangers (2011) and Half-Lit Houses (2004). She is also the co-editor of the W.W. Norton anthology Language for a New Century: Contemporary Poetry from the Middle East, Asia, and Beyond (2008). She is the recipient of awards from the New York Foundation for the Arts, Academy of American Poets, Poets & Writers, the Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation, and the Van Lier Foundation among others. She teaches poetry at Sarah Lawrence College and she is also a member of the international writing faculty at the City University of Hong Kong.

Writers in Camden: Publishers Panel

March 21, 2018

7 pm 

Each year, we assemble an agent, a publisher and an editor to discuss the process of bringing a book into the world. 

Jason Rekulak has worked for St. Martin’s Press, Quality Paperback Book Club, and (for the last 17 years and counting) Quirk Books, where he currently serves as Publisher. In addition to acquiring and editing his own list of titles, Jason oversees the editorial and design departments. Jason has acquired and edited many New York Times bestsellers for Quirk, including the YA fantasy Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs, the beloved mash-up novel Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith, and the Edgar Award-winning The Last Policeman trilogy by Ben H. Winters. He also ghost-writes the middle-grade series Tales from Lovecraft Middle School under the pen name Charles Gilman, and is the author of a novel for adults, The Impossible Fortress. He lives in Philadelphia with his wife and two children.





Rob Spillman is editor of Tin House magazine and the recipient of the 2015 PEN Nora Magid Award for Editing. He has written for the New York Times Book ReviewGuernicaRolling StoneSpinSports IllustratedSPYVanity Fair, and Vogue, among other magazines, newspapers, and online magazines. He is the author of the memoir All Tomorrow’s Parties (Grove, 2016) and is currently a lecturer at Columbia University.








Alexa Stark joined Trident in 2012 to work with Ellen Levine and her illustrious authors. She was soon promoted to First Serial Associate and sold stories, essays, and book excerpts to The New Yorker, Harper’s, Paris Review, The Atlantic, Tin House, N+1, and The New York Times, among others. Alexa is now actively growing her own client list and represents a range of literary and upmarket fiction as well as nonfiction. In fiction, she is particularly drawn to literary debuts with a unique voice and perspective, character-driven suspense and thrillers, stories about dysfunctional friendships and families, fiction that delves into the surreal, and select YA.  Above all, she’s looking for assured prose, captivating storytelling, and characters that come alive. In nonfiction, she is drawn to narrative nonfiction, cultural criticism, voice-driven essay collections, popular science, psychology, and women’s issues. Raised in New York City, Alexa earned her B.A. in Comparative Literature and Society at Columbia University. Before coming to Trident, she worked at PEN American Center and at Curtis Brown. She lives in Brooklyn.

hokkuchi: Yolanda Wisher & Mark Palacio

This event is part of the Nick Virgilio Haiku Performance Series, an annual series inspired by the haiku tradition and the work of Nick Virgilio, a prolific haiku poet who spent much of his life in Camden. 

February 14, 2018

7 pm

About the Performance 

The poet Sonia Sanchez has said that “the soul and spirit are formalized, they are formal things.
They’re blues, they’re spirituals, they’re haiku, they’re tanka, they’re all these things that reach
your heart and your spirit and your soul.” Poet Yolanda Wisher & double bassist Mark Palacio
present hokkuchi, a meeting of haiku & eros inspired by Sonia Sanchez’s most pulse-stirring &
blush-worthy work. Performing original haiku sequences set to blues changes, Wisher & Palacio
explore the intimate connection between form & feeling.

About the Performers 

Hailing from Germantown via Ambler, North Wales, Brooklyn, and Belize, the husband & wife
duo of double bassist Mark Palacio and poet Yolanda Wisher has been marrying art & activism
in Philadelphia since 1999 when they met at an open mic in Old City. A largely self-taught
musician, Palacio is a fifth/sixth grade teacher by day. A two-time poet laureate & Pew Fellow,
Wisher is the author of Monk Eats an Afro (Hanging Loose Press, 2014) & the co-editor of Peace
is a Haiku Song (Philadelphia Mural Arts, 2013). Together they have created a rogue poetry
collective based in West Philly, a neighborhood poetry festival in Germantown, a band called
The Afroeaters, & a kid named Thelonious.

Writers in Camden: James McBride

April 4, 2018 

7 pm


James McBride is an author, musician and screenwriter. His memoir, The Color of Water (Riverhead), is an American literary classic. His novel The Good Lord Bird, won the 2013 National Book Award for fiction. His novel, Miracle at St. Anna, became a 2008 Touchstone Disney film. His novel Song Yet Sung was the “One Book, One Maryland,” choice of 2010. He has written screenplays and teleplays for film icon Spike Lee (Miracle At St. Anna, Red Hook Summer) and television pioneer David Simon (Parting The Waters). James is a former staff writer for The Wilmington (Del.) News Journal, the Boston Globe, People Magazine, and the Washington Post (Style Section). His work has appeared in The New York Times, Rolling Stone, Essence, andNational Geographic.

In 2015, James was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In 2016, James was awarded the National Humanities Award by President Barack Obama.

James holds several awards for his work as a musical theater composer, including the American Arts and Letters Richard Rodgers Award, the ASCAP Richard Rodgers Horizons Award,and the American Music Theater Festival’s Stephen Sondheim Award. He has written songs (music and lyrics) for Anita Baker, Grover Washington, Jr., Gary Burton, Silver Burdett Music Textbooksand for the PBS television character Barney. He served as a saxophonist sideman with jazz legend Little Jimmy Scott. James was born and raised in New York City and attended New York City public schools. He studied at The Oberlin Conservatory of Music and holds a Masters in Journalism from Columbia University. He is proud and delighted to be a Distinguished Writer-In-Residence at New York University. James still tours with his Good Lord Bird band playing gospel music.