Apr
14
7:00pm 7:00pm

Kazim Ali & Lily Hoang

Kazim Ali’s books include several volumes of poetry, including Sky Ward, winner of the Ohioana Book Award in Poetr; The Far Mosque, winner of Alice James Books' New England/New York Award; The Fortieth DayAll One's Blue; nd the cross-genre text Bright Felon: Autobiography and Cities. He has also published a translation of Abahn Sabana David by Marguerite Dura, Water's Footfall by Sohrab Sepehri, Oasis of Now: Selected Poems by Sohrab Sepehri, nd (with Libby Murphy) L'amour by Marguerite Duras. s books of essays include Orange Alert: Essays on Poetry, Art and the Architecture of Silence and Fasting for Ramadan. Ali s an associate professor of Creative Writing and Comparative Literature at Oberlin College.

Lily Hoang is the author of five books, including A Bestiary (winner of the inaugural Cleveland State University Poetry Center’s Essay Collection Competition, selected by Wayne Koestenbaum) and Changing (recipient of a PEN Open Books Award). With Joshua Marie Wilkinson, she edited the anthology The Force of What’s Possible: Writers on Accessibility and the Avant-Garde. She is Director of the MFA program at New Mexico State University. She serves as Editor at Puerto del Sol and for Jaded Ibis Press.

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Feb
24
7:00pm 7:00pm

Jane Lewty & Janice Lowe

Jane Lewty is the author of two poetry collections: Bravura Cool (1913 Press: 2013), winner of the 1913 First Book Prize in 2011, and In One Form To Find Another, which won the CSU Poetry Center Open Book Prize in 2016. She has also co-edited two essay collections; Broadcasting Modernism (University of Florida Press, 2010) and Pornotopias: Image, Desire, Apocalypse (Litteraria Pragensia, 2009). She has an MFA from the Iowa Writers Workshop and has taught at universities in the UK, The Netherlands, and the USA.

Janice A. Lowe is a composer, poet and pianist. She is the author of LEAVING CLEpoems of nomadic dispersal (Miami University Press,) and the chapbook SWAM (Belladonna Series.) She composed the musicals Lil Budda, (Text by Stephanie L. Jones,) Sit-In at the Five & Dime, (Words by Marjorie Duffield) and Somewhere in Texas, (Book and Lyrics by Charles E. Drew, Jr.). Her works for musical theater have been performed extensively in New York City and regionally and have received developmental residencies from the Eugene O’Neill Musical Theater Conference, National Alliance for Musical Theater, Voice and Vision and the Dramatists Guild, where she was a Jonathan Larson fellow. She has composed for the plays 12th and Clairmont by Jenni Lamb, The Super Starlet Shero Show by The Jones Twins and Door of No Return by Nehassaiu deGannes. She is the composer of Make Some Learned Noise, text by Randal Horton, an interactive poem with music, performed with the incoming freshman class, University of New Haven, 2015. Recently, she was commissioned to compose a song cycle based on the “Millie-Christine” poems, from the collection OLIO, by Tyehimba Jess. She is a co-founder of The Dark Room Collective and a founding member of absolute theater co. She has performed with the experimental bands w/o a net, HAGL and Digital Diaspora. She teaches musical theater songwriting workshops at White Bird Productions and has taught Poetry and Performance at Purchase College and at Naropa University’s Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics She holds an MFA in Musical Theater Writing from New York University-Tisch School of the Arts.

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Dec
2
6:00pm 6:00pm

Leora Fridman & Hilary Plum

Leora Fridman is an interdisciplinary artist, organizer, and educator living in California. She is the author of My Fault, selected by Eileen Myles for the 2015 CSU Poetry Center First Book Poetry Competition in addition to three chapbooks of poetry, prose, and translations.

Hilary Plum is the author of the work of nonfiction Watchfires (Rescue Press, 2016) and the novel They Dragged Them Through the Streets (FC2, 2013). She lives in Philadelphia.

* This event will take place from 6-7pm in Main Classroom 134. Immediately preceding the reading will be an Open House & Reception for the new CSU Poetry Center space. Details can be found here. Both events are free and open to the public.

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Oct
7
7:00pm 7:00pm

Lo Kwa Mei-en & Martin Rock

Lo Kwa Mei-en is the author of Yearling (Alice James Books) and The Bees Make Money in the Lion (Cleveland State University Poetry Center). Two chapbooks are also forthcoming: The Romances from The Lettered Streets Press and Two Tales from Bloom Books. She is a Kundiman fellow from Singapore and Ohio, where she now lives and works in Cincinnati.

Martin Rock is the author of Residuum (Cleveland State University Poetry Center) and Dear Mark (Brooklyn Arts Press), a chapbook response to the work of Mark Rothko. With Kevin Prufer and Martha Collins he edited the Unsung Masters volume Catherine Breese Davis: On the Life and Work of an American Master (Pleiades Press). His poetry and translations from the Japanese have appeared in Asymptote, AGNI, Black Warrior Review, Conduit, Diagram, Forklift, Ohio, Best New Poets 2012, and other journals. Martin has held senior editorial positions at Gulf Coast, Washington Square Review, and Epiphany, a literary journal, and he is Founding Editor of Loaded Bicycle, an online journal of poetry, art, and translation.

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Apr
29
7:00pm 7:00pm

Philip Metres & Lauren Shapiro

Philip Metres is the author of a number of books, including Sand Opera (2015), I Burned at the Feast: Selected Poems of Arseny Tarkovsky (2015), A Concordance of Leaves (2013), To See the Earth (2008), and Behind the Lines: War Resistance Poetry on the American Homefront since 1941 (2007). His work has garnered two NEA fellowships, five Ohio Arts Council Grants, the George W. Hunt, S.J. Prize for Excellence in Journalism, Arts & Letters, the Beatrice Hawley Award, two Arab American Book Awards, the Watson Fellowship, the Creative Workforce Fellowship, the Cleveland Arts Prize and the PEN/Heim Translation Fund grant. He is professor of English at John Carroll University in Cleveland.

Lauren Shapiro holds degrees from Brown University and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. She is the author of Easy Math (Sarabande, 2013), which was the winner of the Kathryn A. Morton Prize and the Debut-litzer Prize for Poetry, as well as a chapbook of poems, Yo-Yo Logic (DIAGRAM/New Michigan Press, 2011). With Kevin González, she co-edited The New Census: An Anthology of Contemporary American Poetry  (Rescue Press, 2013).  She has translated creative work from Spanish, Italian, Vietnamese, and Arabic into English and teaches in the Creative Writing Program at Carnegie Mellon University.

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Mar
25
7:00pm 7:00pm

Kiki Petrosino & James Shea

Kiki Petrosino is the author of two books of poetry: Hymn for the Black Terrific (2013) and Fort Red Border (2009), both from Sarabande Books. She holds graduate degrees from the University of Chicago and the University of Iowa Writer's Workshop. Her poems have appeared in Best American PoetryThe New York Times, FENCE, Gulf Coast, Jubilat, Tin House and elsewhere. She is founder and co-editor of Transom, an independent on-line poetry journal. She is an Associate Professor of English at the University of Louisville, where she directs the Creative Writing Program.

James Shea is the author of two poetry collections, The Lost Novel and Star in the Eye. Star in the Eye was selected for the Fence Modern Poets Series and included in the Poetry Society of America’s New American Poets series. A former Fulbright Scholar in Hong Kong, he has taught at Nebraska Wesleyan University, the University of Chicago’s Committee on Creative Writing, Columbia College Chicago’s MFA Program in Poetry, DePaul University, and as a poet-in-residence in the Chicago public schools, where he received The Poetry Center of Chicago’s Gwendolyn Brooks Award for Excellence in Teaching. He is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Humanities and Creative Writing at Hong Kong Baptist University.

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Feb
12
7:00pm 7:00pm

Morgan Parker & Emily Pettit

Morgan Parker is the author of Other People’s Comfort Keeps Me Up At Night (Switchback Books 2015). Her poetry and essays have been featured in numerous publications as well as anthologized in Why I Am Not a Painter (Argos Books 2011) and The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop (Haymarket Books 2015). Morgan is Cave Canem graduate fellow, winner of a 2016 Pushcart Prize, and poetry editor for The Offing. She also co-curates the Poets With Attitude (PWA) reading series with Tommy Pico, and with Angel Nafis, she is The Other Black Girl Collective. She lives in Brooklyn.

Emily Pettit is the author of Goat in the Snow. Her poems have been featured in the Academy of American Poets/Poem a Day Series, Fence, Open Letters, Verse Daily, and the Huffington Post. She is a writer, visual artist, teacher, and an editor for Factory Hollow Press and jubilat. She teaches at Elms College. 

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Nov
13
7:00pm 7:00pm

Chris DeWeese & Hannah Sanghee Park

Chris DeWeese grew up in Port Townsend, Washington, and attended Oberlin College and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. His first book of poetry, The Black Forest, was published in 2012 by Octopus Books. His second book, The Father of the Arrow is the Thought, was just released from Octopus Books. His poems have appeared widely in literary journals and magazines including Boston ReviewFence, FIELD, and Tin House. Prior to teaching at Wright State, DeWeese taught at Agnes Scott College, Emory University, and Smith College. 

Hannah Sanghee Park is the author of the book The Same-Different, the 2014 winner of The Academy of American Poets Walt Whitman Award. She is the recipient of fellowships and awards from The Fulbright Program, 4Culture, The Iowa Arts Council/National Endowment for the Arts, and the MacDowell Colony. Her work has appeared in various journals and publications, including LVNG, Petri Press, Poetry Northwest, and Best New Poets 2013. Park lives in Los Angeles, where she attends the Writing for Screen & Television Program at the USC School of Cinematic Arts.

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Oct
16
7:00pm 7:00pm

Erin Belieu & Lee Upton

Erin Belieu was born and raised in Nebraska. Her first book, Infanta (1995), was a winner of the National Poetry Series and named a best book of the year by The Washington Post and Library Journal. Her second collection, One Above & One Below, was the winner of the Midland Authors Prize in poetry and the Ohioana prize, and Black Box, was a finalist in 2007 for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Her newest volume, Slant Six, was released in 2014 from Copper Canyon Press. She is Director of the Graduate Creative Writing Program at Florida State University.

Lee Upton’s sixth collection of poetry, Bottle the Bottles the Bottles the Bottles, was chosen by Erin Belieu as the 2014 Open Poetry Book Competition winner from the CSU Poetry Center. Her poetry has appeared in many publications, including The New Yorker, Atlantic Monthly, The New Republic, Poetry, American Poetry Review, and in editions of Best American Poetry. She is the author of fourteen books, including the novella The Guide to the Flying Island; the essay collection Swallowing the Sea: On Writing & Ambition Boredom Purity & Secrecy; and four books of literary criticism. She is the Francis A. March Professor of English and Writer-in-Residence at Lafayette College.

This event will take place in Main Classroom 136 on CSU's campus (map above).

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Sep
12
7:00pm 7:00pm

Siwar Masannat & Broc Rossell

Siwar Masannat is an Arab writer from Jordan. She holds degrees from the University of Jordan and George Mason University. Her poetry collection, 50 Water Dreams, chosen by Ilya Kaminsky, was published by Cleveland State Poetry Center in 2015. Siwar is a co-founder of Gazing Grain Press, an inclusive feminist chapbook publisher. She is currently pursuing a PhD in poetry at the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. Her poems have appeared in Denver QuarterlyVOLT, and The Journal, among others.

From Los Angeles, Broc Rossell lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, where he teaches in the English and Humanities departments at Simon Fraser University. A graduate of the Iowa Writers Workshop and the University of Denver, his writing has appeared in 1913, Boston ReviewHarvard Review, jubilat, Los Angeles Review of Books, and VOLT, among other venues. Festival (Cleveland State University Poetry Center, 2015) is his first book. 

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May
1
7:00pm 7:00pm

Lizzie Harris & Lesle Lewis

Lizzie Harris’s poems have appeared in The Carolina Quarterly, Barrow Street, Painted Bride Quarterly, Phantom Limb, and VICE.com. Her first book, Stop Wanting, was published by Cleveland State University Poetry Center in 2014. Currently she resides in Brooklyn, New York and is a poetry editor for Bodega Magazine.

Lesle Lewis is the author of four books, her latest is A Boot’s a Boot (Cleveland State University Poetry Center, 2014). She is a Professor of Creative Writing at Landmark College in Vermont, and she lives in New Hampshire.  

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Apr
10
8:00pm 8:00pm

Siwar Masannat, Broc Rossell, & Lee Upton (AWP Reading, Minneapolis)

Siwar Masannat is an Arab writer from Amman, Jordan currently pursuing a Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. She is a co-founder of Gazing Grain Press, an inclusive feminist chapbook contest funded by the Fall for the Book literary festival. 50 Water Dreams, was selected by Ilya Kaminsky for the 2014 First Book Prize and will be published by the Cleveland State University Poetry Center this spring.

Broc Rossell is from California and lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, where he teaches at Simon Fraser University. His work has appeared in 1913, Boston Review, Denver Quarterly, Fence, Harvard Review, jubilat, iO, Los Angeles Review of Books, The Laurel Review, Volt, and other places. His first book, Festival, will be published by the Cleveland State University Poetry Center this spring.

Lee Upton is the author of The Tao of Humiliation: Stories, the essay collection Swallowing the Sea: On Writing & Ambition Boredom Purity & Secrecy; the novella The Guide to the Flying Island; and several collections of poetry. Bottle the Bottles the Bottles the Bottles was selected by Erin Belieu for the 2014 Open Book Prize and will be published by the Cleveland State University Poetry Center this spring.

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Mar
6
7:00pm 7:00pm

Chloe Honum & Dora Malech

Chloe Honum is the author of The Tulip-Flame, selected by Tracy K. Smith as winner of the 2013 Cleveland State University Poetry Center First Book Prize. A recipient of a 2009 Ruth Lilly Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation, Honum has also received fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the Kerouac House of Orlando, and the Djerassi Artists Program.

Dora Malech is the author of Shore Ordered Ocean (Waywiser Press, 2009) and Say So (Cleveland State University Poetry Center, 2011). Malech’s poems have appeared in numerous publications, including The New Yorker, Poetry, Best New Poets, Tin House, and The Yale Review. She recently joined the faculty of The Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland.

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Feb
6
7:00pm 7:00pm

Lauren Haldeman & Shane McCrae

Lauren Haldeman works as the web developer, web designer, and editor for the Writing University website at the University of Iowa and the Iowa Review. Calenday (Rescue Press, 2014) is her first full-length collection of poetry. Find out more about her art and writing here. 

Shane McCrae is the author of Mule (CSU Poetry Center, 2010), BloodForgiveness Forgiveness, The Animal Too Big to Kill, and three chapbooks. He has received a Whiting Writer’s Award and a fellowship from the NEA. He teaches at Oberlin College and in the brief-residency M.F.A. program at Spalding University.

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