As autumn leaves fall
Friends and book lovers gather
Poets read on stage
At Fall for the Book, we leave poetry for the “prose.” This year we are thrilled to have such a range of talented poets in our festival line-up. Discover your new favorite poem and catch a reading or two!
Ellen Bryant Voigt
Virginia native Ellen Bryant Voigt returns to her home state to read from her newest collection of poetry: Headwaters, which was named a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. The Washington Post Book World called Voigt’s book of opposites, “genius.”
Attend her reading on October 12th at 7:30 p.m. in Research Hall, Room 163 at George Mason’s Fairfax campus.
Bangladeshi-American poet Tarfia Faizullah will read from her collection, Seam, which U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey calls “gorgeous and powerful.” Her poetry explores the ethics of interviewing, and the history of female survivors of the Bangladesh Liberation War.
Attend her reading on Wednesday, October 11th at 7:30 p.m. in George’s in the Johnson Center. She is also part of the a panel called “Life on the Line: Migration, Nation, and the Word” on October 11th at 4:30 p.m. in George’s in the Johnson Center at George Mason’s Fairfax campus.
Ruth Irupé Sanabria
In Beasts Behave in Foreign Lands, winner of the Letras Latinas/ Red Hen Poetry Prize, Ruth Irupé Sanabria writes devastating poetry on the effects, both psychological and emotional, of genocide and exile on the women in her Argentinian family. This gripping collection of poetry is the result of Sanabria’s opportunity, almost 40 years after the Fifth Army Corps kidnapped, tortured, and imprisoned her family members, to testify as a witness in the trials against this group in Bahia Blanca.
Attend her reading Saturday, October 14th at 3:30 p.m. in Merten Hall, Room 1203, on George Mason’s Fairfax campus.
Kim Roberts & Molly McCully Brown
Kim Roberts is the author of The Scientific Method, which explores Roberts’ tangled history of science, Washington, D.C., and being Jewish in the nation’s capital. Molly McCully Brown’s collection The Virginia State Colony for Epilepticsand Feebleminded imagines what her life with cerebral palsy may have been like if she had been born during the height of the eugenics and sterilization movement in Virginia, and gives voice to the women who were.
Attend their reading on Wednesday, October 11th at 2:15 p.m. at Lord of Life Church in Fairfax.
Interested in more poetry events? Check out Mason’s Poetry Alumni event on October 13th. Click here to find out more.