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December 2019

An Evening with Lauren Acampora & Sandra Newman

December 13 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
$10 64 tickets left

Lauren Acampora's first novel, The Paper Wasp, was published by Grove Atlantic in June 2019. It’s been named a Best Summer Read by The New York Times Book Review, USA Today, ELLE, Town & Country, BBC.com, Daily Mail (UK), Thrillist, O Magazine, and Publishers Weekly. Her debut collection of linked stories, The Wonder Garden, was published by Grove in May 2015. It was named a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection and an Indie Next selection, and was…

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Emerging Writers Open Write

December 21 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
$10 20 tickets left

We are excited to offer an Emerging Writers Open Write, based on our popular monthly Open Write. We welcome young writers 18-30 years old for this event. Join prolific local writer and MFA student at Manhattanville College, Taylor Vogt, as he provides writers in all genres monthly prompts and uninterrupted writing time. Emerging Writers Open Write is free for HVWC members and $10 a session for non-members. It will take place on the third Saturday of each month from 7:00…

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January 2020

YoYB: Fiction, Deep Revision with Kirsten Bakis

January 6, 2020 @ 10:15 am - 12:15 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
$320 12 tickets left

NB: This is a six-week class that starts Monday January 6th.  New Students MUST APPLY w/ten page sample send to [email protected] for review by instructor. This class is the advanced version of Kirsten Bakis’ popular Year of Your Book class. This course is designed for students who either have a first draft of a novel or a collection of short stories or the who are almost finished with a manuscript and need help with the deep revision process. You do…

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Monday Night Poetry with Suzanne Cleary

January 6, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
$370 11 tickets left

Schmoozing with Your Muse: Getting More Energy into Your Poem NB: This is a six week class that starts on Monday January 6th and ends Monday February 17th. No Class on January 20th. Make up class on February 24th. Shouldn’t writing be fun? If you want to write poems that are risky, playful, or just plain alive, this workshop is for you. While reading model poems, exploring craft techniques, and identifying your own poetic concerns, you will receive practical and…

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YoYB: Poetry Deep Revision (Wednesday Class) with Jennifer Franklin

January 8, 2020 @ 12:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
$370 8 tickets left

NB: This a 6-week class, Wednesdays 12:30pm-3pm. It starts on Wednesday January 8th and ends on Wednesday February 12th. Make-up class on February 19th. New students must send work to [email protected] You have written the first draft of your full-length collection. Now, we need to order all the poems, decide if there should be sections, revise each of the poems, settle on the title, and most importantly—remove any poems that are not as strong. This series of classes begins at…

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YoYB: Poetry (Friday Morning) with Jennifer Franklin

January 10, 2020 @ 10:45 am - 1:15 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
$370 7 tickets left

NB: This a 6-week class meeting Fridays 10:45am-1:15pm from Friday January 10th to Friday February 21st. You have written the first draft of your full-length collection. Now, we need to order all of the poems, decide if there should be sections, revise each of the poems, settle on the title, and most importantly—remove any poems that are not as strong. This series of classes begins at the start of 2019 and goes through the year. A combination of workshopping new…

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I Am Not a Real Writer with Kirsten Bakis

January 11, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
$320 14 tickets left

Please note that this is a six-week session starting on Saturday January 11th. “I am not a real writer” is what I hear most often from people who almost take a class, but don’t. This fiction writing intensive is for everyone who is concerned about having what it takes, whether the issue is “not being a writer,” “having no good ideas,” or anything else. No experience required. Through exploratory exercises, light readings and discussion, this class will help you find…

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Memoir Writing Workshop with Susan Hodara

January 14, 2020 @ 10:30 am - 12:45 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
$320 Sold out

This is a 6-week class meeting Tuesdays 10:30am-12:45pm starting on January 14th Are you inspired to record the transforming events of your life? Are you drawn to explore the circumstances surrounding your most vivid memories? For those with a work-in-progress or those starting fresh, this class will offer a supportive environment wherein each week you will read aloud and receive constructive feedback. Writers at all levels of accomplishment, and with projects both full-length and short-form, are welcome.

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Memoir Class with Susan Hodara, Tuesday PM Session 1

January 14, 2020 @ 1:15 pm - 3:30 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
$320 Sold out

This is a 6-week class meeting Tuesdays 1:15-3:30pm starting on Tuesday January 14th. Are you inspired to record the transforming events of your life? Are you drawn to explore the circumstances surrounding your most vivid memories? For those with a work-in-progress or those starting fresh, this class will offer a supportive environment wherein each week you will read aloud and receive constructive feedback. Writers at all levels of accomplishment, and with projects both full-length and short-form, are welcome.

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Improv for Actors, Writers, and Bored People with Lynne Lori Sylvan

January 14, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
$320 17 tickets left

NB: This is a six-week class that starts on Tuesday January 14th. In this supportive class, you will gradually build your improvisational skills through a series of warmups, games and scenework. This class is for all levels. The focus is on supporting your scene partner, not on being funny. You will come away with stronger communication skills, particularly the ability to accept others’ ideas and build on them as well as more insight about how you project your own status…

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YoYB: Fiction with Kirsten Bakis

January 15, 2020 @ 10:15 am - 12:15 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
$320 12 tickets left

NB: This is a 6-week class meeting Wednesdays 10:15am-12:15pm starting on Wednesday January 15th. How long have you been saying you want to write a book? How much longer do you have to wait? Whether you have a partial draft, or just an idea and the desire to write, this class can help you reach that goal. In-class work will hone specific skills such as dialogue, scene construction, plot and structure; generative exercises will help you reconnect with your sense…

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Writing for Stage, Screen, and Television with Bill Bigelow

January 17, 2020 @ 1:30 am - 3:30 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
$320 12 tickets left
William Bigelow

This is a course designed for writers looking to create screenplays, stage plays, and teleplays for one-hour television shows. Paramount in this effort, we will focus on an approach which is necessary in all dramatic writing — the importance of conflict. How we define, pinpoint and create interesting, unusual characters. How structure is the backbone of a dramatic piece, and how narrative drive and the understanding of the elements of the construction of a story are critical to any piece of…

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Protected: Monday Advanced Memoir with Susan Hodara

Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States

NB: This class is the extension for the current students in Susan Hodara's advanced memoir class. It meets on Mondays: Jan 20, Feb 10, March 2, March 23, April 13, May 4, June 1 DEFINING AND ASSEMBLING YOUR MEMOIR You’ve been writing memories and stories and chapters for a while, and now it’s time to take stock of what you’ve produced and decide how it all fits together. In this class, you will use your own writing as we work as…

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Creative Writing for Youth with Michael Collins

January 21, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
$150 15 tickets left

This class will serve as an energetic supplement to the traditional academic writing instruction of grammar and vocabulary development by providing a space in which young writers engage in open ended writing activities and encounter creative challenges that foster enjoyment of and enthusiasm for writing. Special focus will be given to supporting the imaginative elements of creative writing  in multiple genres that foster the flexible thinking necessary for communication and problem solving across the curriculum. Michael Collins’ poems have received…

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Workshop in Pure Critique with Peter Bricklebank

January 23, 2020 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
$505 17 tickets left

NB: This is an 8-week class that meets every Thursday from January 23rd.  Whether writing in a garret, ivory tower, or a fever pitch of blind faith, at some point a writer needs to see other people, preferably equally deranged. For people writing fiction or nonfiction who need regular, astute feedback on ongoing projects of any length, this class provides that hothouse work environment. We’re going to put our manuscripts on the table and ask what works, what seems less…

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An Evening with Sigrid Nunez & Jim Tilley

January 24, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:45 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
$10 75 tickets left

Sigrid Nunez has published seven novels, including The Friend (Riverhead Books, 2018). She is also the author of Sempre Susan: A Memoir of Susan Sontag. The Friend won the 2018 National Book Award and was a finalist for the 2019 Simpson/Joyce Carol Oates Prize. One of her short stories has been selected for The Best American Short Stories 2019. Her work has been translated into ten languages and is in the process of being translated into thirteen more. Currently writer in residence at Boston University,…

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Mapping the Plot with Kirsten Bakis

January 25, 2020 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
$124 15 tickets left

This one-day class is back by popular demand. Kirsten Bakis will help you map the plot of your novel in progress. If you only have one day to devote to mapping the plot of your novel, spend it with award-winning novelist, Kirsten Bakis, as she guides you through the process of outlining your next fictional work. Kirsten Bakis‘s novel Lives of the Monster Dogs was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, won a Bram Stoker Award, was…

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From a Tinkering to the Overhaul: What We Do When We Revise the Poem with Fred Marchant

January 26, 2020 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
$124 17 tickets left

In this one-day workshop we will consider what it means to revise a poem. Sometimes a poem arrives fully developed, and feels like a pure gift. Most of the time, however, the poem arrives bedraggled, partially there, but not fully realized. The poet senses this, and begins a process of revision. In our workshop we will look closely at that moment of revision, and try to derive some reliable ideas and guidelines about what one might do with a poem in need…

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An Evening with John James, Diane Mehta, and Daniel Poppick

January 31, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:45 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
$10 70 tickets left

John James is the author of The Milk Hours (Milkweed, 2019), selected by Henri Cole for the Max Ritvo Poetry Prize. His poems, essays, and interviews appear in Boston Review, Kenyon Review, BOMB, Lit Hub, PEN Poetry Series, Best American Poetry 2017, and elsewhere. He lives in California, where he is pursuing a PhD in English and Critical Theory at UC Berkeley. Find him online at https://jj-poetry.com. Diane Mehta’s collection Forest with Castanets was published by Four Way Books in 2019. She has been an editor at PEN America’s Glossolalia,…

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February 2020

An Evening with Lauren Mechling & Jonathan Vatner

February 7, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:45 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
$10 70 tickets left

Lauren Mechling will read from her critically-acclaimed debut novel, How Could She (Viking, 2019). Mechling has written for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Slate, The New Yorker online, and Vogue, where she writes a regular book column. A graduate of Harvard College, she lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two children. Jonathan Vatner is an award-winning journalist who has written for The New York Times; O, The Oprah Magazine; Poets & Writers; and other publications. He has an MFA in…

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Fiction Master Class with Christina Chiu

February 22, 2020 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
$124 12 tickets left

Christina Chiu is the winner of the James Alan McPherson Award. Her novel, Beauty, is available for pre-order. She is also author of Troublemaker and Other Saints, published by G.P. Putnam’s Sons in 2001, Troublemaker was alternate selection for BOMC and QPB, a nominee for a BOMC First Fiction Award, and winner of the Asian American Literary Award. Chiu has published in magazines and anthologies, including Tin House, Charlie Chan is Dead 2, Not the Only One, Washington Square, World Wide Writers, The MacGuffin, the Asian Pacific American Journal, Acorn, Grandmothers: Granddaughters…

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Pushing the Poetic Metaphor with Suzanne Parker

February 23, 2020 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
$124 17 tickets left

Pushing the Metaphor: a craft talk/workshop combination.  There will be a prompt folded into a craft talk. Suzanne Parker is a poet, non-fiction writer, editor, and writing teacher/coach. Her chapbook, Feed, was a winner of the Sunken Gardens Poetry Chapbook Award and was published in summer 2016 by Tupelo Press. Her poetry collection, Viral, was a winner of the Kinereth Gensler Book Award and was published by Alice James Books in Sept. 2013. A sequence of poems from the book was…

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An Evening with Pamela Paul

February 28, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:45 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
$10 70 tickets left

Pamela Paul is the editor of The New York Times Book Review and oversees books coverage at The New York Times. She is also the host of the weekly Book Review podcast. She is the author of five books: The Starter Marriage and the Future of Matrimony was named one of the best books of 2002 by The Washington Post; her second book, Pornified, was named one of the best books of 2005 by The San Francisco Chronicle. Her sixth…

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The Lyric Leap with Rachel Hadas

February 29, 2020 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States

Spend leap day with poetry professor and guru, Rachel Hadas, as she teaches a craft class & workshop on the lyric leap. In the meantime, check out her most recent poem in The New Yorker. Rachel Hadas studied classics at Harvard, poetry at Johns Hopkins, and comparative literature at Princeton. Between college and graduate school she spent four years in Greece, an experience that surfaces variously in much of her work. Since 1981 she has taught in the English Department…

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March 2020

Defining & Assembling Your Memoir with Susan Hodara

March 7, 2020 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
$124 14 tickets left

NB: This is a one-day class. You’ve been writing your memories and stories and chapters, and you’re wondering how it all fits together. In this four-hour intensive, through in-class writing and discussion, we will uncover pervasive themes that connect your pieces, consider possible beginnings and endings, begin to define your narrative arc, and better understand what your work is about. For memoirists at any stage of their writing.

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An Evening with Sally Ball, Catherine Barnett, and Rachel Zucker

March 13, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:45 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
$10 70 tickets left

Sally Ball is the author of Wreck Me, Annus Mirabilis, and Hold Sway from Barrow Street (2013, 2005, and 2019). She is an associate professor of English at Arizona State University and a faculty member of the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College. She lives in Phoenix. Catherine Barnett is the author of Into Perfect Spheres Such Holes Are Pierced (Alice James Books, 2004), The Game of Boxes (Graywolf Press, 2012), which won the James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets, and Human Hours (Graywolf,…

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An Evening with Alice Quinn

March 27, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:45 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
$10 70 tickets left

Alice Quinn was Executive Director of the Poetry Society of America for eighteen years. She was poetry editor at The New Yorker from 1987-2007 and at Alfred A. Knopf, Publishers, from 1976-1986. She is the editor of Edgar Allan Poe & The Juke-Box: Uncollected Poems, Drafts, and Fragments by Elizabeth Bishop. She is currently at work editing the journals and notebooks of Elizabeth Bishop. Her seminar on the poetry and letters of Emily Dickinson was among the program’s most famous…

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One-Day Memoir Intensive with Susan Hodara

March 28, 2020 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
$124 13 tickets left

NB: This is a one-day, four hour class. Are you inspired to write about the transforming events of your life? Are you drawn to explore the circumstances surrounding your most vivid memories? For those with a work-in-progress or those starting fresh, this four-hour class will offer a supportive environment where we’ll be talking about memoir writing, writing in class and sharing for constructive feedback. You will leave with a new work-in-progress and some insights into the stories you want to…

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April 2020

An Evening with Mona Awad & Quan Barry

April 3, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:45 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
$10 10 tickets left

Mona Awad was born in Montreal and has lived in the US since 2009. Her debut novel, 13 WAYS OF LOOKING AT A FAT GIRL (Penguin), won the Amazon Best First Novel Award, the Colorado Book Award and was shortlisted for the Giller Prize and the Arab American Book Award. It was also long-listed for the Stephen Leacock Award for Humour and the International Dublin Award. Her new novel, BUNNY was published in June 2019 by Viking Press, Penguin Canada,…

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The 10th Annual Westchester Poetry Festival featuring Reginald Dwayne Betts

April 4, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Masters School, 49 Clinton Avenue
Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522 United States
Free 99 tickets left

HVWC & Masters School Present the 10th Annual Westchester Poetry Festival with Reginald Dwayne Betts Estherwood, Masters School, Dobbs Ferry, Saturday April 4, 1-5pm Reginald Dwayne Betts (Felon, Norton), keynote reader, will join Leila Chatti, (Deluge, Copper Canyon Press), Lynn Emanuel (The Nerve of It, Poems New and Selected, Pitt Poetry Series), Margo Taft Stever (Cracked Piano, CavanKerry Press) and two other poets as they read from their most recent collections. https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2019/10/14/reginald-dwayne-betts-poetry-after-prison

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SHP Annual Sanger-Stewart Reading with Liz Marlow & Richard Jackson

April 19, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 5:45 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
$10 70 tickets left

Liz Marlow’s poems have appeared in The Carolina Quarterly, The Greensboro Review, The Rumpus, Tikkun, and elsewhere. Additionally, her work has been a finalist for Permafrost Magazine’s New Alchemy Contest and a semi-finalist for the Tomaž Šalamun Prize. She received her MFA from Western Michigan University. She currently lives in Memphis, Tennessee with her husband and two children. Richard Jackson teaches creative writing, poetry, and humanities at UTC and is a frequent guest lecturer at the MFA writing seminars at Vermont College, University of Iowa Summer Writers'…

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SHP Presents: An Evening with 2019 Conversation Chapbook Poets Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon & Leela Chantrelle and 2020 Conversation Poets Toi Derricotte & Dawn Lundy Martin

April 24, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
$10 70 tickets left

Toi Derricotte is the author of I: New & Selected Poems (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2019),The Undertaker’s Daughter (2011), and four earlier collections of poetry, including Tender, winner of the 1998 Paterson Poetry Prize. Her literary memoir, The Black Notebooks (W.W. Norton), received the 1998 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award for Non-Fiction and was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. Her honors include, among many others, the 2012 Paterson Poetry Prize for Sustained Literary Achievement, the 2012 PEN/Voelcker Award for Poetry, the Lucille…

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May 2020

An Evening with Diannely Antigua, Ryan Black, and Justin Wymer

May 1, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:45 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
$10 70 tickets left

Diannely Antigua is a Dominican American poet and educator, born and raised in Massachusetts. Her debut collection Ugly Music (YesYes Books, 2019) was the winner of the Pamet River Prize. A graduate of the MFA program at NYU, she was awarded a Global Research Initiative Fellowship to Florence, Italy. She is the recipient of additional fellowships from CantoMundo, Community of Writers, and the Fine Arts Work Center Summer Program. Justin Wymer is a poet, scholar, and educator. Born and raised in southwestern…

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