Join Poets House in celebrating the most recent publications in poetry! Readings by poets Denizé Lauture, Katy Lederer, Raquel Salas Rivera, and Chen Chen are the concluding event of the 26th annual Poets House Showcase Readings.
After he emigrated from Haiti to America in 1968, Denizé Lauture worked as a welder until he received his BA in Sociology from the City College of New York. He received his Master of Science in bilingual education in 1981. He has written Father & Son (Putnam, 1993), Running the Road to ABC (Simon & Schuster, 1996), as well as the anthology Caribbean Connections (Networks of Educators, 1998). He also has been a contributor to numerous periodicals, including African Commentary, Black American Literature Forum, Callaloo, Litoral, and Presence Africaine.
Educated at the University of California at Berkeley and the Iowa Writers' Workshop, Katy Lederer's honors and awards include fellowships from Yaddo, MacDowell, the New York Foundation for the Arts, and a Discover Great New Writers citation from Barnes & Noble. Her poetry, essays, and reviews have been published in a diverse array of magazines including The Paris Review, The Enemy, The American Poetry Review, A Public Space, and Poetry London. Katy Lederer is the author of the poetry collections Winter Sex (Verse), The Heaven-Sent Leaf (BOA Editions), The bright red horse—and the blue— (Atelos), and The Engineers, which is forthcoming on Solid Objects Press in 2019.
Raquel Salas Rivera was born in Puerto Rico and grew up there and in the United States. Rivera is the author of lo terciario/the tertiary, which is forthcoming from Timeless, Infinite Light, in 2018. They are also the author of tierra intermitente (Ediciones Alayubia, 2017) and Caneca de anhelos turbios (Editora Educación Emergente, 2011), both of which were published in Puerto Rico. Rivera coedited The Wanderer and of Puerto Rico en mi corazón. They currently serve as the 2018–2019 poet laureate of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Chen Chen is the author of When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities, which was long listed for the National Book Award and won the A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize, the GLCA New Writers Award, and the Thom Gunn Award for Gay Poetry. Recently, his work has been translated into French, Greek, Spanish, and Russian. Poets & Writers Magazine featured him in their Inspiration Issue as one of “Ten Poets Who Will Change the World.” He earned his MFA from Syracuse University and is pursuing a PhD in English and Creative Writing. With the poet Sam Herschel Wein, he edits the journal, Underblong.
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