Tuesday, April 25th: 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Charge: $10 for member, $15 for non-members
April is National Poetry Month!
And as a Wisconsin Writers Association Member, you are in luck!
Our very own board member Dr. Dorothy Chan, along with FIVE other PHENOMENAL national poets will be performing a virtual poetry reading. You’ll hear from 6 poets as well as have time to ask your burning questions about poetry.
This poetry reading will showcase:
Dorothy Chan (she/they) is the author of five poetry collections, including Return of the Chinese Femme (Deep Vellum Books Fall 2023 / Spring 2024), BABE (Diode Editions, 2021), Revenge of the Asian Woman (Diode Editions, 2019), Attack of the Fifty-Foot Centerfold (Spork Press, 2018), and the chapbook Chinatown Sonnets (New Delta Review, 2017).
They were a 2023 finalist for the Roethke Poetry Award for Revenge of the Asian Woman, 2022 finalist for the Sheila Margaret Motton Book Prize from the New England Poetry Club for BABE, a 2020 and 2014 finalist for the Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation, a 2020 finalist for the Lambda Literary Award in Bisexual Poetry for Revenge of the Asian Woman, and a 2019 recipient of the Philip Freund Prize in Creative Writing from Cornell University.
Their work has appeared in POETRY, The American Poetry Review, Academy of American Poets, and elsewhere. Chan is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Editor Emeritus of Hobart, Book Reviews Co-Editor of Pleiades, and Co-Founder and Editor in Chief of Honey Literary Inc., a 501(c)(3) BIPOC literary arts organization, run by women and femmes of color. Chan was the 2021 Resident Artist for Toward One Wisconsin.
**Dorothy is based in Eau Claire, WI.
Links to Dr. Chan’s work: Dorothypoetry.com.
Gustavo Barahona-López is a poet and educator from Richmond, California. In his writing, Barahona-López draws from his experience growing as the son of Mexican immigrants. His micro-chapbook Where Will the Children Play? is part of the Ghost City Press 2020 Summer Series. A member of the Writer’s Grotto and VONA alum, Barahona-López’s work can be found or is forthcoming in Iron Horse Literary Review, Puerto del Sol, The Acentos Review, Apogee Journal, Hayden’s Ferry Review, among other publications. Twitter @TruthSinVerdad.
**Gustavo is based in Eau Claire, WI.
Links to Gustavo’s work:
Dr. José Felipe Alvergue is a graduate of both the Cal Arts Writing (MFA) and Buffalo Poetics (PhD) programs, José engages both critical and creative language, often bridging them, overlapping them, and subverting them. He is the author of three books of poetry, and Associate Professor of Contemporary Literature and Transnationalism at the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire.
José’s third book, scenery, was selected by Fordham University Press as the winner of the Poets Out Loud Editor’s Prize. He was also selected as the winner of Tupelo Quarterly’s TQ16 Open Prize, and has been a finalist for a number of book prizes.
José is based in Eau Claire, WI.
Links to José’s work: https://www.jfalvergue.com/about
Aja St. Germaine (they/them) is a genderqueer butch interested in queer decolonial liberation through literary praxis. They graduated magna cum laude in May of 2022 with a Bachelor of Arts in Critical Studies English and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, where they served as the editor of the university’s queer student-led zine, OUT., and student-edited Dr. Debra Barker’s “Post-Indian Aesthetics: Affirming Indigenous Literary Sovereignty” published with Arizona Press in 2022. St. Germaine is a Ronald E. McNair scholar, and was awarded the Kirkwood Formal Poetry Award, Outstanding Queer Student Leader Award, and the Chandra Talpade Mohanty Award by the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. They are currently interning for Honey Literary, a 501(c)(3) BIPOC women and femme literary arts organization founded by Dr. Dorothy Chan and Dr. Rita Mookerjee.
*Aja is based in Eau Claire, WI.
Links to Aja’s work: https://www.honeyliterary.com/issue4/poetry-two-poems-by-aja-st-germaine
Rita Mookerjee is an Assistant Professor in Interdisciplinary Studies at Worcester State University. She is a co-founder of Honey Literary, Inc. and a Poetry Editor at Split Lip Magazine. In 2020, she was a Fulbright Fellow in Kingston, Jamaica. She is the author of False Offering coming Fall 2023 from JackLeg Press. Her work can be found in the Baltimore Review, Hobart Pulp, New Orleans Review, Lantern Review, and the Offing.
Links to Rita’s work: https://www.ritamookerjee.com/
Rosebud Ben-Oni is the author of If This Is the Age We End Discovery (Alice James Books, 2021), winner of the 2019 Alice James Award; turn around, BRXGHT XYXS (Get Fresh Books, 2019); and Solecism (Virtual Artists Collective, 2013). Ben-Oni writes for The Kenyon Review blog and teaches at Catapult, the University of California, Los Angeles, and the Speakeasy Project. She is the recipient of fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts and CantoMundo, and lives in Queens, New York.
Links to Rosebud’s work: