I’m absolutely thrilled to announce that my Young Adult novel, Brown Girl Problems, will be published by Knopf Books For Young Readers. Here is the write-up in Publishers Weekly.
Join us for an evening of poetry featuring Loma, Fatimah Asghar, Richie Hofmann, and Erika L. Sánchez.
Christopher Soto (aka Loma) is a queer latinx punk poet & prison abolitionist. They were named one of “Ten Up and Coming Latinx Poets You Need to Know” by Remezcla. They were named one of “Seven Trans and Gender Non-Conforming Artists Doing the Work” by The Offing. Poets & Writers will be honoring Christopher Soto with the “Barnes & Nobles Writer for Writers Award” in 2016. They founded Nepantla: A Journal Dedicated to Queer Poets of Color with the Lambda Literary Foundation. They cofounded The Undocupoets Campaign in 2015. Their poetry has been called political surrealist and focuses on domestic violence, queer youth homelessness, and mass incarceration. They received an MFA in poetry from NYU, where they studied with Eileen Myles, Yusef Komunyakaa, Marie Howe, Brenda Shaughnessy, Major Jackson. Originally from the Los Angeles area; they now live in Brooklyn.
Fatimah Asghar is a nationally touring poet, photographer and performer. She created Bosnia and Herzegovina’s first Spoken Word Poetry group, REFLEKS, while on a Fulbright studying theater in post-violent contexts. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in POETRY Magazine, PEN Poetry Series, The Paris-American, The Margins, and Gulf Coast. She is a Kundiman Fellow and a member of the Dark Noise Collective. Her chapbook “After” was released on Yes Yes Books fall of 2015.
Richie Hofmann is the author of Second Empire (Alice James Books, 2015), winner of the Beatrice Hawley Award. He is the recipient of a 2012 Ruth Lilly Poetry Fellowship, and his poems appear in The New Yorker, Ploughshares, The New Republic, and Poetry.
Erika L. Sánchez is a poet, essayist, and fiction writer. Her Young Adult novel is forthcoming in fall 2017. Her non-fiction has appeared in Al Jazeera, The Guardian, Rolling Stone, Cosmopolitan, NBC News, and many others. She has received a CantoMundo Fellowship, a “Discovery”/Boston Review Prize, and a Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation.
My publisher, Graywolf, has very kindly published this short essay I wrote about my Larry Levis tattoo on their website.
I’m so incredibly excited and honored to announce that Graywolf Press will be publishing Lessons on Expulsion, my debut poetry collection, in fall 2017. You can read the title poem in the January issue of Guernica.
Wednesday, December 9 at 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Chicago Cultural Center 78 E Washington St, Chicago, Illinois 60602
Join the Poetry Center of Chicago for the December installment of the Six Points Reading Series. Admission is free at the Garland Room on the first floor of the Chicago Cultural Center. This will be our final reading of 2015 and we’ll be moving to new locations for our readings in 2016. Stay tuned!
This month, we’re pleased to feature Erika L. Sánchez and Richie Hofmann! Curated and hosted by Danielle Susi.
ERIKA L. SÁNCHEZ is a CantoMundo fellow and winner of the 2013 “Discovery”/Boston Review Prize. She has received scholarships from the Fulbright Program and Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. Her poetry has appeared in Boston Review, diode, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Hunger Mountain, Pleiades, and Poetry magazine, on Latino USA (NPR), and in the anthology Please Excuse This Poem: 100 New Poems for the Next Generation (2015). Her nonfiction has been published in Al Jazeera, Cosmopolitan, the Guardian, NBC News, Rolling Stone, Salon, and many others. Erika was recently awarded a Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation. She lives in Chicago.
RICHIE HOFMANN is the author of Second Empire (Alice James Books, 2015), winner of the Beatrice Hawley Award. He is the recipient of a Ruth Lilly Poetry Fellowship, and his poems appear in The New Yorker, Ploughshares, Yale Review, Kenyon Review, and Poetry.
Books will be available for purchase following the reading.
I’m in love with these illustrations by Archer Prewitt on the Poetry Foundation website. Check out this year’s fellows!