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Poetry with Lynn Melnick, Martha Rhodes, Mark Doty, Octavio Gonzalez

June 13, 2023, 6:00pm–7:30pm

Award-winning poetry by established and emerging poets throughout the summer.

Poetry reading featuring: 

Lynn Melnick is the author of 3 poetry collections, including, most recently, Refusenik, which was a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award. She is also the author of the memoir I’ve Had to Think Up a Way to Survive: On Trauma, Persistence, and Dolly Parton, with the paperback forthcoming in August. Her poetry has appeared in the New Yorker, American Poetry Review, and Poetry, among others. Born in Indianapolis, she was raised in Los Angeles, and currently lives in Brooklyn.

Martha Rhodes is the author of 5 poetry collections, most recently The Thin Wall and The Beds. She teaches at the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College and has taught regularly at the Frost Place, the Fine Arts Work Center, and 24 Pearl Street, among other conferences. She is the founder, publisher and executive editor at Four Way Books.

Mark Doty's Fire to Fire: New and Selected Poems, won the National Book Award for Poetry in 2008, He's published ten books of poems and five of nonfiction prose, most recently What Is The Grass: Walt Whiteman in My Life, which NPR called "a celebration of gay masculinity, queerness, and the power and elasticity of poetry," He teaches at Rutgers University and lives in New York City.

Octavio Gonzalez, a 2021 Lambda Literary Fellow, is the author, most recently, of Limerence, his first full-length poetry collection, just out from Rebel Satori Press. González was a finalist for the Oscar Wilde Award and long-listed for the Love & Eros Prize. His poetry and creative nonfiction appear in Accentos, Puerto del SolThe Latino Book ReviewLambda Literary Spotlight (and the Emerge Anthology), Arlington Literary Journal, and Anomaly, among other venues. His first collection, The Book of Ours, was a selection of the Letras Latinas chapbook series at the University of Notre Dame. He teaches at Wellesley College.

Hosted by Jason Schneiderman, the author of four books of poems: Hold Me Tight (2020), Primary Source (Red Hen Press 2016); Striking Surface (Ashland Poetry Press 2010); and Sublimation Point (Four Way Books 2004). He edited the anthology Queer: A Reader for Writers (Oxford University Press 2016). His poetry and essays have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including American Poetry Review, The Best American Poetry, Poetry London, Grand Street, and The Penguin Book of the Sonnet. His awards include a Fulbright Fellowship and the Emily Dickinson Award from the Poetry Society of America. He is an Associate Professor of English at the Borough of Manhattan Community College and teaches in the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College.