Five contemporary poets engaging in translation, speculation, and history will read from recent books on independent presses. This event will feature readings by Steven Alvarez, Marie Buck, Karen Emmerich, Nicole Sealey, and Javier Zamora. Books will be for sale at the event.
The evening will be hosted in a site-specific installation titled La Deliciosa Show, conceived by the artist Radamés “Juni” Figueroa as part of the High Line’s open-air group exhibition, Mutations, which looks at how boundaries between the natural world and culture are defined, crossed, and obliterated. You can learn more about the exhibition at art.thehighline.org.
About the participants
Steven Alvarez is the author of The Codex Mojaodicus and winner of the 2016 Fence Modern Poets Prize, The Pocho Codex, and The Xicano Genome. His chapbooks include Tonalamatl, El Segundo’s Dream Notes, Un/documented, Kentucky, and Six Poems from the Codex Mojaodicus. His work has appeared in the Best Experimental Writing (BAX), Berkeley Poetry Review, Fence, Huizache, The Offing, and Waxwing.
Marie Buck is the author of Life & Style (Patrick Lovelace Editions), Portrait of Doom (Krupskaya), and Goodnight, Marie, May God Have Mercy on Your Soul (Roof). She lives in Brooklyn.
Karen Emmerich is a translator of eleven books of Modern Greek poetry and prose, including Eleni Vakalo’s Before Lyricism; Yannis Ritsos’s Diaries of Exile (co-translator); and Poems (1945-1971) by Miltos Sachtouris. She is an Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature at Princeton University.
Nicole Sealey is the author of Ordinary Beast (Ecco, 2017) and The Animal After Whom Other Animals Are Named, winner of the 2015 Drinking Gourd Chapbook Poetry Prize. Honors include the Stanley Kunitz Memorial Prize, the Poetry International Prize, and fellowships from CantoMundo, Cave Canem, MacDowell and the Poetry Project. She is the executive director at Cave Canem Foundation.
Javier Zamora was born in El Salvador and migrated to the US when he was nine. He is a CantoMundo, Wallace Stegner, and a 2016 Ruth Lilly/Dorothy Sargent Fellow. Zamora’s first book Unaccompanied is forthcoming from Copper Canyon Press, September 2017.