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Wednesday, October 10


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

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Nate Marshall

Nate Marshall is from the South Side of Chicago. He is the author of Wild Hundreds and an editor of The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop. Wild Hundreds has been honored with the Black Caucus of the American Library Association’s award for Poetry Bo... Read More →
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Melissa Tuckey

Melissa Tuckey lives, writes, and gardens in Ithaca, New York.  She’s author of Tenuous Chapel, a book of poems selected by Charles Simic for the ABZ Press First Book Prize (2013) and editor of Ghost Fishing: An Eco-Justice Poetry Anthology (University of Georgia Press 2018). Rope... Read More →

Thursday, October 11


Beast: A Catalan Poet’s Exploration
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.” Ben Rivers calls Beast “Sensuous, precise, and profoundly generous in their glimpses of strikingly private narratives, Sola’s poems feel perfectly placed for the strange heat of our times…” 

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Irene Solà

Irene Solà is a writer and artist. She was born in Malla, near Barcelona in 1990. Her first poetry collection Beast was awarded the Amadeu Oller Poetry Prize and was published by Galerada Editorial (Catalunya) and Shearsman Books (UK). Her first novel The dams has been awarded the... Read More →

Thursday October 11, 2018 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Grand Tier III, Center for the Arts George Mason University
Friday, October 12


Poetry Night Out
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. Jericho Brown says, "The humor of Lindsay Bernal is rife with allusion to the history of American poetry tradition and cut with merciless self-reflection....These poems question what we take for granted about language and the ways our own words can bind us...."  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.”

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Lindsay Bernal

Lindsay Bernal’s poetry collection, What It Doesn’t Have to Do With, published by the University of Georgia Press, won the 2017 National Poetry Series competition. Her poems have appeared in Blackbird, Conjunctions Online, Gulf Coast, OVERSOUND, Tikkun, and other journals. For... Read More →
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Jennifer Chang

Jennifer Chang is the author of The History of Anonymity and Some Say the Lark, which was long-listed for the PEN Open Book Award and won the 2018 William Carlos Williams Award. Her poems have appeared in numerous publications, including American Poetry Review, The Nation, The New... Read More →
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Danielle Cadena Deulen

Danielle Cadena Deulen is the author of three books: The Riots (U. of Georgia Press, 2011), which won the AWP Prize in Creative Nonfiction AWP Prize in Creative Nonfiction and the GLCA New Writers AwardLovely Asunder (U. of Arkansas Press, 2011), which won the Miller William... Read More →
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Aaron McCollough

Aaron McCollough was raised in Tennessee. He currently works as the Scholarly Communication and Open Access Publishing Lead at George Mason University Library and lives in Washington, DC. He is also the co-publisher, with Karla Kelsey, of SplitLevel Texts. Previously, he was the Librarian for English Literature and Comparative Literature at the University of Michigan, the Editorial Director at the University of Michigan Press, and the Head of the Scholarly Communication and Publishing unit at the University of Illinois Library.McCol... Read More →

Friday October 12, 2018 6:00pm - 7:45pm
Epicure Cafe Epicure Cafe, 11104 Lee Highway, Fairfax, VA
Saturday, October 13


Found Poetry
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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J. Michael Martinez

Selected for the National Poetry Series in 2017 and a recipient of the Walt Whitman Award from the Academy of American Poets, J. Michael Martinez is the author of three collections of poetry. He is the Poetry Editor of NOEMI Press and his writings have been anthologized in Ahsahta... Read More →
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Margaret Yocom

 Margaret Yocom grew up in the Pennsylvania German farmland listening to her grandparents’ stories. Her poetry has appeared in the Beloit Poetry Journal, The Beltway Poetry Journal, the anthology The Folklore Muse: Poetry, Fiction, and Other Reflections by Folklorists, and elsewhere... Read More →

Saturday October 13, 2018 11:30am - 12:45pm
Merten Hall, Room 1204 4441 George Mason Blvd, Fairfax, VA 22030