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Find the latest online and in-person events, readings, workshops, and more from BOA's authors. List updated weekly.

September 2020

Friday, September 25

7:00 PM (CDT): Gulf Coast Reading Series featuring Eduardo C. Corral, Justin Jannise, and Paige Quiñones 

Outdoor and Virtual Event

Justin Jannise is the author of How to Be Better by Being Worse, which won the A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize and is forthcoming from BOA Editions, Ltd., in April 2021. His writing has appeared in Best New Poets, Best of the Net, Copper Nickel, Yale Review, Poetry Northwest, and New Ohio Review. Recently a recipient of the Inprint Verlaine Prize in Poetry and the Editor-in-Chief of Gulf Coast, Justin lives in Houston, where he is pursuing his Ph.D. Eduardo C. Corral is the son of Mexican immigrants. He's the author of Guillotine (Graywolf Press) and Slow Lightning, which won the Yale Series of Younger Poets Competition. He’s the recipient of a Whiting Writers’ Award, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, and a Hodder Fellowship from Princeton University. He teaches in the MFA program at North Carolina State University. Paige Quiñones is a fourth year PhD student in poetry. She has worked as the Poetry Editor at The Journal at Ohio State University and the Managing Editor of Gulf Coast. Her work has appeared in The Adroit Journal, Copper Nickel, Juked, McSweeney’s, Muzzle Magazine, Southeast Review, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, Quarterly West, and elsewhere. She has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, Best of the Net, and Best New Poets. Her first poetry collection, The Best Prey, won the Lena-Miles Wever Todd Prize at Pleiades Press and is forthcoming in February 2021. The event will be held outside and speakers will appear virtually. The reading will also be recorded and available online.

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Saturday, September 26

8:00 PM (CDT): Talking about Talk in Poetry: Kathryn Nuernberger & John Gallaher in Conversation 

Virtual Event

An evening of poetry and conversation with two BOA Editions poets, John Gallaher and Kathryn Nuernberger. John Gallaher's most recent collection is Brand New Spacesuit (BOA, 2020). His work recently appears or is forthcoming in APR, The Missouri Review, Pleiades, and elsewhere. He lives in rural Missouri, and co-edits The Laurel Review. Kathryn Nuernberger is the author of the poetry collections RUE (BOA, 2020), The End of Pink (BOA 2016), and Rag & Bone. She has also written the essay collections Brief Interviews with the Romantic Past and The Witch of Eye (forthcoming in 2021). Her awards include the James Laughlin Prize from the Academy of American Poets, an NEA fellowship, and notable essays in the Best American series. She teaches in the MFA program at University of Minnesota. The event is free with registration required. 

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Tuesday, September 29

7:00 PM (PDT): Juan Felipe Herrera and Naomi Shihab Nye: Every Day We Get More Illegal, with Sabrina Jacobs 

Virtual Event

After two years on the road as U.S. Poet Laureate, Juan Felipe Herrera reports back on his travels through contemporary America in poems written in the heat of witness as well as in quiet moments of reflection. Naomi Shihab Nye, greatly loved poet, songwriter, and novelist, has published or contributed to 30 books, including Habibi, 19 Varieties of GazelleKindness, Fuel (BOA, 1998), Red Suitcase (BOA, 1994) and The Tiny Journalist (BOA, 2019). This evening they will read and candidly discuss each other's work. Tickets for the event can be purchased for a suggested donation at Eventbrite.

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October 2020

Friday, October 2

7:00 PM (CDT): The Writers Place Reading Series with Kathryn Nuernberger, John Gallaher, Rodney Gomez, Walter Bargen

Virtual Event

The Writers Place aims to build, strengthen, and promote greater Kansas City's diverse literary community. This week's event features Kathryn Nuernberger, author of Rue (BOA, 2020), The End of Pink (BOA, 2016), Rag & Bone (Elixir, 2011),and Brief Interviews with the Romantic Past (Ohio State University Press, 2017). John Gallaher's most recent collection is Brand New Spacesuit (BOA, 2020). His work recently appears or is forthcoming in APR, The Missouri Review, Pleiades, and elsewhere. He lives in rural Missouri, and co-edits The Laurel ReviewRodney Gomez was born and raised in Brownsville, Texas. He serves as the 2020-2021 McAllen, Texas Poet Laureate. His poetry collections include Arsenal with Praise Song (Orison Books, 2020), Geographic Tongue (Pleiades Press, 2020), winner of the Pleiades Press Visual Poetry Series, Ceremony of Sand (YesYes Books, 2019), and Citizens of the Mausoleum (Sundress Publications, 2018). Walter Bargen has published nineteen books of poetry. His most recent books are Quixotic (2014), Gone West (2014), and Three-Corner Catch (2015). He was appointed the first poet laureate of Missouri (2008-2009). The event will take place on Zoom starting at 7:00 PM CDT. 

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Monday, October 5

8:00 PM (Pacific): The Filipino American National Historical Society Utah hosts poets Barbara Jane Reyes and Paula Jane Mendoza 

Virtual Event

The Filipino American National Historical Society Utah is excited to host poets Barbara Jane Reyes and Paula Jane Mendoza. Barbara Jane Reyes was born in Manila, Philippines, and was raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is the author of five previous collections of poetry: Gravities of Center (Arkipelago Books, 2003), Poeta en San Francisco (Tinfish Press, 2006), which received the James Laughlin Award of the Academy of American Poets, Diwata (BOA, 2010), and Letters to a Young Brown Girl (BOA, 2020). The event will take place by Zoom and the link will be posted on the site.

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Tuesday, October 6

7:30 PM (Eastern): Writers & Books Tuesdays With BOA Editions featuring Elana Bell 

Virtual Event

Elana Bell will read from and discuss her new book Mother Country (BOA, 2020) as part of Writers & Books' Tuesdays with BOA Editions Reading Series. The event is free with registration required. Registered attendees will receive a Zoom link on the day of the event. More information at wab.org.

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Saturday, October 10

3:00 PM (Pacific): Eastwind Books of Berkeley presents Barbara Jane Reyes and friends

Virtual Event

In celebration of Filipinx American History Month and Barbara Jane Reyes' newly released book, Letters to a Young Brown Girl (BOA, 2020), Eastwind Books is hosting a virtual poetry reading featuring Barbara Jane Reyes, Monica Ong, Marianne Chan, and Kimberly Quiogue Andrews. Barbara Jane Reyes was born in Manila, Philippines, raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is the author of five previous collections of poetry, Gravities of Center (Arkipelago Books, 2003), Poeta en San Francisco (Tinfish Press, 2005), which received the James Laughlin Award of the Academy of American Poets, Diwata (BOA Editions, Ltd., 2010), which received the Global Filipino Literary Award for Poetry, To Love as Aswang (Philippine American Writers and Artists, Inc., 2015), and Invocation to Daughters (City Lights Publishers, 2017). She is an adjunct professor at University of San Francisco’s Yuchengco Philippine Studies Program. She lives with her husband, educator and poet Oscar Bermeo, in Oakland. Monica Ong is the author of Silent Anatomies (2015), selected by Joy Harjo as winner of the Kore Press First Book Award in poetry. A Kundiman poetry fellow and MFA graduate in Digital Media at the Rhode Island School of Design, Ong has been awarded residencies most recently at the Studios at MassMoCA, Millay Colony, and Yaddo. You can find her work featured in Petrichor: A Journal of Image+Text, Redivider, ctrl+v, Waxwing Magazine, and anthologized in Poesia Visual 5. Based in Connecticut, she currently serves as the User Experience Designer at the Yale Digital Humanities Lab. Marianne Chan grew up in Stuttgart, Germany, and Lansing, Michigan. She is the author of All Heathens from Sarabande Books (2020). Her poems have appeared in Michigan Quarterly Review, The Cincinnati Review, West Branch, The Rumpus, and elsewhere. She earned her MFA in Creative Writing at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Creative Writing at the University of Cincinnati. Kimberly Quiogue Andrews is a poet and literary critic. She is also the author of A Brief History of Fruit, winner of the Akron Prize for Poetry from the University of Akron Press, and BETWEEN, winner of the New Women’s Voices Chapbook Prize from Finishing Line Press. She lives in Maryland and teaches at Washington College, and you can find her on Twitter at @kqandrews. Please RSVP for this free event at the event page below to receive the Zoom link.

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Sunday, October 11

4:00 PM (Eastern): Book Release Party for Elana Bell, hosted by Mahogany L. Browne

Virtual Event

You are invited to gather and celebrate, not only the birth of Mother Country (BOA, 2020), the new book of poems by Elana Bell, but to honor the Mother-Artist. She who births babies and books, she who mothers her children, blood and otherwise, and her own artistic visions. We have gathered an army of fierce and beautiful mother artists and poets, including Elana's own mama, Chana Bell, to share their work and inspire you with their creative power! The book release party will be hosted by Mahogany L. Browne and will feature readings by Elana Bell, Tina Chang, Samantha Thornhill, Cheryl Boyce-Taylor, and more mama-poets. With artwork by Debbie Baxter, Kate Quarfordt, Marika Whitaker, and more mama-artists. More information and the link to RSVP can be found below. The event will take place via Zoom and spots are limited.  

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Monday, October 12

7:00 PM (Eastern): Books Beneath the Bridge: Greenlight Poetry Salon! Featuring Khadijah Queen, Carlos Andrés Gomez, and Elana Bell and hosted by Angel Nafis

Virtual Event

Greenlight is proud to participate in the (virtual) eighth season of Books Beneath the Bridge, a literature series hosted by Brooklyn Bridge Park, featuring six evenings curated by local independent bookstores. On Greenlight's featured Monday in October, it’s an evening of poetry in performance with a virtual edition of our quarterly Greenlight Poetry Salon, hosted and curated by poet Angel Nafis! At this free virtual event, poets gather to celebrate the power of poetry in a joyous evening in support of the Brooklyn Bridge Park. Tonight’s featured poets include Khadijah Queen, author of Anodyne; Carlos Andrés Gomez, author of Fractures; and Elana Bell, author of Mother Country (BOA, 2020). The event is free and will take place on Zoom. Advance registration is required.

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Tuesday, October 13

7:30 PM (Eastern): Writers & Books Tuesdays With BOA Editions featuring Michael Martone 

Virtual Event

Michael Martone will read from and discuss his new edited book, The Complete Writings of Art Smith, The Bird Boy of Fort Wayne, Edited by Michael Martone (BOA, 2020) as part of Writers & Books' Tuesdays with BOA Editions Reading Series. The event is free with registration required. Registered attendees will receive a Zoom link on the day of the event. More information at wab.org.

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Saturday, October 17

2:00 PM (Eastern): Creative Alchemy: Writing From Where You Are. A Writers & Books Workshop with Elana Bell

Virtual Event

Do you find yourself struggling to make your creative expression a priority?  Do your inner critic and perfectionism block you from writing as deeply as you’d like? Or writing at all?  Creativity is not a luxury. From the global pandemic to racial injustice and police brutality, we are living at a unique moment in history that has a profound effect on us as individuals and as a society. In this workshop, we will use embodied practices, including breathing, sound meditation, and movement, to quiet the inner critic, calm the nervous system, and open the creative channel. From that place, we will explore generative writing prompts and texts designed to alchemize your emotions and experiences into creative expression. You will leave this workshop more deeply connected to your own vulnerable truth in language, and connected to the others who have joined you for the journey. Elana Bell is a poet, sound practitioner, and sacred creative. Her debut poetry collection, Eyes, Stones (Louisiana State University Press, 2012), was selected by Fanny Howe as winner of the 2011 Walt Whitman Award from the Academy of American Poets. Her most recent book is Mother Country (BOA, 2020). Her writing has appeared in Harvard ReviewMassachusetts ReviewAGNIBarrow Street, and elsewhere. She has taught her Writing Toward Peace curriculum internationally with Seeds of Peace, the Tent of Nations, and Encounter. Bell currently teaches poetry to actors at The Juilliard School and sings with the Resistance Revival Chorus. She lives with her husband and son in Brooklyn. The cost of the workshop is $75 for non-members of Writers & Books and $65 for members. The workshop will be held via Zoom. Further information can be found below. The registration deadline is October 16th at 5 pm (Eastern).

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Wednesday, October 28

6:00 PM (Pacific): San Francisco Public Library presents Barbara Jane Reyes, Rachelle Cruz, Jan-Henry Gray, and Aldrin Valdez 

Virtual Event

An evening with Barbara Jane Reyes, Rachelle Cruz, Jan-Henry Gray and Aldrin Valdez in honor of Filipino American History Month, and in celebration of Filipinx poetry and the release of Barbara Jane Reyes’ sixth book of poetry, Letters to a Young Brown Girl (BOA, 2020). Authors will read, hold dialogue and have short Q & A. Barbara Jane Reyes was born in Manila, Philippines, raised in the San Francisco Bay Area and is the author of five previous collections of poetry, Gravities of Center (Arkipelago Books, 2003), Poeta en San Francisco (Tinfish Press, 2005), which received the James Laughlin Award of the Academy of American Poets, Diwata (BOA, 2010), which received the Global Filipino Literary Award for Poetry, To Love as Aswang (Philippine American Writers and Artists, Inc., 2015) and Invocation to Daughters (City Lights Publishers, 2017). Rachelle Cruz is the author of God's Will for Monsters (Inlandia, 2017), which won an American Book Award in 2018 and the 2016 Hillary Gravendyk Regional Poetry Prize.  She was appointed the 2018-2020 Inlandia Literary Laureate. She co-edited Kuwento: Lost Things, an anthology of Philippine Myths (Carayan Press, 2015) with Melissa Sipin.  Her most recent book, Experiencing Comics: An Introduction to Reading, Discussing and Creating Comics, was published in Fall 2018. Her work has appeared in As/UsYellow Medicine ReviewThe Lit Pub,The Collagist, Bone BouquetPANKMuzzle MagazineInlandia: A Literary Journey, among others. She hosts The Blood-Jet Writing Hour with Muriel Leung. She is a Lecturer in the Creative Writing Department at the University of California, Riverside.  An Emerging Voices Fellow, a Kundiman Fellow and a VONA writer, she lives and writes in Southern California. Jan-Henry Gray was born in the Philippines, grew up in California and worked as a chef in San Francisco for more than 12 years. He lived undocumented in the US for more than 32 years. A graduate of San Francisco State University and Columbia College Chicago’s MFA program, he received the inaugural Undocupoets Fellowship and awards from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation and the Academy of American Poets. Jan's writing can be found in Nepantla: An Anthology for Queer Poets of ColorThe Rumpus, Tupelo Quarterly, Colorado Review, DIAGRAM, Fourteen Hills, The Margins, Quarterly West, Puerto del Sol, and other journals. He is the author of the chapbook Selected Emails from speCt! Books. His first book, Documents, was chosen by D.A. Powell as the winner of BOA Editions’ 2018 Poulin Poetry Prize. He is a Kundiman fellow and a Visiting Assistant Professor at Adelphi University. He lives in Brooklyn, NY. Aldrin Valdez (they) is the author of ESL or You Weren't Here (Nightboat Books, 2018), selected as a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award for Best Gay Poetry in 2019. They are a writer and visual artist. Please visit the event page below for registration and the link to the live stream.

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