September 13, 2017
Workshop with Eileen Pollack
3-4:30 pm, Writers House
Reading: 7 pm – Stedman Gallery
Diane Seuss’s most recent collection, Four-Legged Girl, published in 2015 by Graywolf Press, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Wolf Lake, White Gown Blown Open won the Juniper Prize and was published by the University of Massachusetts Press in 2010. Her poetry has been published in a broad range of literary magazines, including American Poetry Review, Poetry, The Iowa Review, New England Review, and The New Yorker. Seuss’s fourth collection, Still Life with Two Dead Peacocks and a Girl, is forthcoming from Graywolf Press in 2018.
Eileen Pollack is the author, most recently, of the novel A Perfect Life, published by Ecco/HarperCollins in 2016. Her other novels include Paradise, New York, and Breaking and Entering, which was awarded the 2012 Grub Street National Book Prize and named a New York Times Editor’s Choice selection. She is the author of two collections of short fiction, The Rabbi in the Attic and In the Mouth, which won the Edward Lewis Wallant Award. Eileen’s work of creative nonfiction Woman Walking Ahead is soon to be a movie starring Jessica Chastain. Her investigative memoir The Only Woman in the Room: Why Science Is Still a Boys’ Club was published in 2015 by Beacon Press. A new novel, The Bible of Dirty Jokes, is due out in 2018. Eileen has received fellowships from the NEA, the Michener Foundation, the Rona Jaffe Foundation, and the Massachusetts Arts Council. Her novella “The Bris” was chosen by Stephen King to appear in the Best American Short Stories 2007; other stories have been awarded two Pushcart Prizes and prizes for best fiction of the year from Ploughshares, Literary Review, and MQR. Her essay “Pigeons” was selected by Cheryl Strayed for the 2013 edition of Best American Essays. She divides her time between Manhattan and Ann Arbor, where she is a professor on the faculty of the Helen Zell MFA Program in Creative Writing at the University of Michigan.
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: Poems; The 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.
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
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.