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An Evening with Patricia Spears Jones, Allison Joseph, and Catherine Pond (via Zoom)
October 13, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pmFree – $25.00
We are thrilled to welcome Patricia Spears Jones, Allison Joseph, and Catherine Pond as they read from their latest collections. This reading will take place via Zoom. The Zoom link will be emailed after registration. (Please check spam / promotions folder for this email and email [email protected] with any questions.) Donations toward the readers’ honoraria are much appreciated.
Patricia Spears Jones is a poet, writer, playwright, cultural critic, and winner of the 2017 Jackson Poetry Prize from Poets & Writers. She is author of A Lucent Fire: New and Selected Poems (White Pine Press, 2015) which was Finalist for the PSA’s William Carlos Williams Prize and the Paterson Poetry Prize, and a featured Pushcart Prize winning poem. She has 10 additional publications: poetry books, chapbooks and in anthologies such as Of Poetry and Protest: From Emmett Till to Trayvon Martin; BAX: Best American Experimental Writing, 2016: 2017 Pushcart Prize XLI, Best of Small Presses; Truth to Power: Writers Respond to The Rhetoric of Hate and Fear; and Angles of Ascent: A Norton Anthology of Contemporary African American Poetry. She has received grants and awards from NYSCA, NEA, the Foundation for Contemporary Art, and the BAU Institute for residency at Camargo Foundation in France. She has been a fellow at Robert Rauschenberg Residency and at VCCA, Yaddo, and the Millay Colony. She is also a recipient of a Goethe Institute grant for travel in Germany. She has taught at Barnard College, CUNY College, including Hunter College and Queens College, and Adelphi University. She has been on faculty for summer programs at Fine Arts Work Center, Community of Writers, Naropa University and University of Rhode Island. She has led workshops at Poets House, the Poetry Project at St. Mark’s Church, and she curated WORDS SUNDAY at Calabar Imports featuring Brooklyn-based poets including Nicole Peyrafitte, Gregory Pardlo, Alexis DeVeaux, Nicole Hefner Callihan, Terence Degnan, Cheryl Boyce-Taylor, Janice Lowe, Tai Allen and Michael Broder. She is a Black Earth Institute senior fellow emeritus and organizer of American Poets Congress. www.psjones.com
Allison Joseph’s latest full-length book of poetry, Confessions of a Barefaced Woman, was published by Red Hen Press in 2018. Confessions of a Barefaced Woman was chosen as the Gold/First Place Winner in the poetry category of the 2019 Feathered Quill Book Awards. It was also nominated in the poetry category of the NAACP Image Awards and was a 2019 finalist for both the Montaigne Medal and the Da Vinci Eye Book Award, sponsored by the Eric Hoffer Book Awards. Her other books and chapbooks include What Keeps Us Here (Ampersand Press), Soul Train (Carnegie Mellon University Press), In Every Seam (University of Pittsburgh Press), Worldly Pleasures (Word Tech Communications), Imitation of Life (Carnegie Mellon University Press), Voice: Poems (Mayapple Press), My Father’s Kites (Steel Toe Books), Trace Particles (Backbone Press), Little Epiphanies (NightBallet Press), Mercurial (Mayapple Press), Mortal Rewards (White Violet Press), Multitudes (Word Poetry), The Purpose of Hands (Glass Lyre Press), Double Identity (Singing Bone Press), Corporal Muse (Sibling Rivalry Press), and What Once You Loved (Barefoot Muse Press). She was the literary partner and wife of the late poet and editor Jon Tribble. Allison Joseph lives in Carbondale, Illinois, where she directs the MFA Program in Creative Writing at Southern Illinois University. She serves as poetry editor of Crab Orchard Review, the publisher of No Chair Press, and the director of Writers In Common, a writing conference for writers of all ages and experience levels. In 2014, she was awarded a Doctor of Letters honorary degree from her undergraduate alma mater, Kenyon College.
Catherine Pond was born in New York City and grew up in Georgia. Her debut collection, Fieldglass (Southern Illinois University Press 2021), is the winner of the Crab Orchard First Book Prize. Her poems have appeared in Best New Poets, Best American Nonrequired Reading, AGNI, Salmagundi, The Adroit Journal, Narrative, and other publications. Pond is a PhD candidate in Literature & Creative Writing at the University of Southern California, where she teaches writing. She received a BA from Skidmore College and an MFA from Columbia University School of the Arts. For nine summers she worked at the New York State Summer Writers Institute, as a student assistant and later as an assistant director.