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Poetry with Megan Fernandes, J. Mae Barizo, Eugenia Leigh, Ana Božičević

June 20, 2023, 6:00pm–7:30pm

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

Poetry reading featuring: 

Megan Fernandes has been published in the New Yorker, Ploughshares, The Chicago Review, The Boston Review, The American Poetry Review, The Common, among many others. She is the author of Good Boys (Tin House 2020) and I Do Everything I'm Told (Tin House 2023) and has received fellowships from the Yaddo Foundation, the Hawthornden Foundation, LaNapoule Foundation, among others. She holds a PhD in English from the University of California and an MFA in Poetry from Boston University. She is an Associate Professor of English and the Writer-in-Residence at Lafayette College and lives in New York City.

Born in Toronto to Filipino immigrants, J. Mae Barizo is a poet, essayist and multidisciplinary artist and the author of Tender Machines (Tupelo Press, 2023) and The Cumulus Effect. She teaches in the Creative Writing MFA at The New School and lives in New York City. 

Eugenia Leigh is a Korean American poet and the author of two collections of poetry, Bianca (Four Way Books, 2023) and Blood, Sparrows and Sparrows (Four Way Books, 2014), winner of
the Late-Night Library's 2015 Debut-litzer Prize in Poetry selected by Arisa White, as well as a finalist for the National Poetry Series and the Yale Series of Younger Poets. Her poems and essays have appeared in numerous publications including The Nation, Guernica, Poetry, Ploughshares, Poetry Northwest, Tahoma Literary Review, The Massachusetts Review, Waxwing, the Academy of American Poets' Poem-a-Day, the Best New Poets anthology, and the Best of the Net anthology. Eugenia received her MFA from Sarah Lawrence College, where she was awarded the Thomas Lux Scholarship for her dedication to teaching, demonstrated through her writing workshops with incarcerated youths and with Brooklyn high school students. Since her time at Sarah Lawrence, Eugenia has served as a teaching artist with a variety of organizations including the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund's group for undocumented youths, RAISE. The recipient of Poetry's Bess Hokin Prize as well as fellowships and awards from Poets & Writers Magazine, Kundiman, and elsewhere, Eugenia served previously as a poetry editor for
Kartika Review and for Hyphen, a news/culture outlet that celebrates the Asian American diaspora. She currently serves as a Poetry Editor at The Adroit Journal and as the Valentines Editor at Honey Literary, a BIPOC-focused literary journal and literary arts organization

Ana Božičević grew up in Zadar, Croatia before coming to New York. Ana is a poet, translator, teacher, and occasional singer. She is the author of New Life (Wave Books, 2023); Povratak lišća / Return of the Leaves, Selected Poems in Croatian (Hrvatsko Društvo Pisaca/Croatian Writers Society, 2020); Joy of Missing Out (Birds, LLC, 2017); the Lambda Award-winning Rise in the Fall (Birds, LLC, 2013), and Stars of the Night Commute (Tarpaulin Sky Press, 2009).

Hosted by Nathan McClain, a poet, editor, and educator living in Amherst, Massachusetts. He is the author of Scale (Four Way Books, 2017) and Previously Owned (Four Way Books, 2022), and his poems and prose have recently appeared, or are forthcoming, in Poetry Northwest, Green Mountains Review, Poem-a-Day, The Common, The Critical Flame, and upstreet, among others.  He is Assistant Professor of Creative Writing and African American Literary Arts at Hampshire College, and serves as Poetry Editor of The Massachusetts Review.