“Poetry is life distilled.” – Gwendolyn Brooks

Eco-Justice & Hip-Hop: Poetry for the Times

Wednesday October 10th, 6:00pm-7:15pm@ George’s, 3rd Floor, Johnson Center

Come hear poets Melissa Tuckey and Nate Marshall read from a selection of their politically and culturally charged poetry. Melissa Tuckey, editor of Ghost-Fishing: An Eco-Poetry Anthology has created the first anthology that focuses wholly on poetry with an eco-justice stance. Nate Marshall, another poetic pioneer with The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop, can lay claim to editing the first poetry collection ever dedicated to and for the Hip-Hop generation.

Join both Authors Immediately Before Their Poetry Event for Life on the Line: Editors as Activists Panel

Wednesday October 10th, 4:30pm-5:45pm@ George’s, 3rd Floor, Johnson Center

With Melissa Tuckey’s Ghost-Fishing: An Eco-Poetry Anthology, Nate Marshall‘s The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop, Arjun Singh Sethi’s American Hate: Survivors Speak Out, and Paula Whyman‘s Scoundrel Time, four editors discuss activism and literature.

Beast: A Catalan Poet’s Exploration

Thursday October 11th, 1:30pm-2:45pm@ Merten Hall, Room 1204

Award-winning Catalan artist, poet and filmmaker Irene Solà’s debut poetry collection Beast was awarded the Amadeu Oller Poetry Prize. The Poetry Books Society calls it “a darkly imaged, startling and lyrically precise exploration of gender, identity, sexuality and multiple forms of desire.”

Mason’s MFA Fellows Reading

Thursday October 11th, 4:30pm-5:45pm@ Research Hall, Room 163

Come hear the fellowship-winning poets of George Mason University’s MFA Creative Writing program. Andrew Art is an award-winning poet and the Heritage Student Writer Fellow in poetry. Poetry Fellow E. Rhōdes Thompson is an award-winning poet and the co-founder and editor-in-chief of Hellscape. Sponsored by the Creative Writing Program. Joined by prose writers Anney Bolgiano and Kate Branca.

Mason’s Alumni Reading

Friday October 12th, 4:00pm-5:15pm@ Fenwick Reading Room, 2nd Floor, Fenwick Library

Enjoy poetry from alumni of George Mason University’s Creative Writing M.F.A. Program. Lucy Biederman is the author of The Walmart Book of the Dead, a “darkly comic incantation on the gods and scourges of the 21st century” inspired by the ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead. Joe Hall is the author of several collections of poetry, including his latest, Someone’s Utopia, which blends utopia and dystopia as it paints the “(un)making of the familiar world… and unmask[s] the invisible material and ideological labor that prepares the world for us.” Alyse Knorr’s Mega-City Redux uses modern day feminist heroes like Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Xena Warrior Princess to search for the mythical city of Christine de Pizan, the world’s first professional female writer. Elegy and love meet on the wild landscape of Alaska in Kate Partridge’s collection Ends of the Earth: Poems. Partridge cycles between autobiography, mythic allusion, and the literary archive in this debut. Novelist John Copenhaver will also read.

Poetry Night Out

Friday October 12th, 6:00pm-7:45pm@ Epicure Cafe

Enjoy an evening of poetry with four writers from around the country. Aaron McCollough is the author of several poetry collections, including the most recent, Rank, “in which forces of nature, mind, spirit, and language partake of each other in vibrant and shifting ways.” Jennifer Chang is the author of Some Say the Lark, which Natasha Trethewey calls “a piercing meditation, rooted in loss and longing, and manifest in dazzling leaps of the imagination—the familiar world rendered strange.” Lindsay Bernal is the author of What It Doesn’t Have to Do With, which explores changing views on sexuality and gender by examining artforms like sculpture, performance, and pornography. Danielle Cadena Deulen is the author of Our Emotions Get Carried Away Beyond Us, which Denise Duhamel calls “fiercely intelligent… Deulen’s poems are slippery pronouncements of our ever-allusive present which is co-opted by nostalgia for our past… and anxiety for our future.”

Found Poetry

Saturday October 13th, 11:30am-12:45pm@ Merten Hall, Room 1204

Margaret Yocom and J. Michael Martinez’s poetry transforms historical texts to produce new works of poetry and investigation. In KIN S FUR, Yocom uses erasure– the act of erasing words and letters from source material– to transform the Brothers Grimm story “All Kinds of Fur” into a new and dangerous tale. Poet Katharine Young says, “these poems are haunted by what Yocom makes invisible by her erasures; what she makes visible has different bones.” J. Michael Martinez’s third collection of poetry Museum of the Americas won the 2017 National Poetry Series Competition. In it, he uses theory, poetry, creative nonfiction, and his own family lineage to explore the imperial appropriation and Mexican American cultural identity. Sponsored by So to Speak and the Office of Student Media.

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