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Event Calendar
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readings & workshops
December 3

Ultimate Truth Poetry Reading and Book Release

readings & workshops
December 6

Heddy Keith author of Through it All

readings & workshops
December 9

Poetry Reading: Tonya M. Foster & Samiya Bashir

performances
December 10

Alternating Currents Live presents Nicole Mitchell Quartet

exhibitions
December 15 - Jan 28

Text, Textile, Exile: Works by Maria Damon

special events
January 27 -28

24th Annual Poetry Marathon & Benefit

Archived readings & workshops
Apr 12 Sunday, April 12
10:00am, $10 | FREE for those who pledge a reader for $35 or more

 

A reading celebrating two Cleveland State Poetry Center book prize winners, Broc Rossell & Siwar Masannat.


 

 Siwar Masannat is an Arab writer from Amman, Jordan currently pursuing a Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin,  Milwaukee. She is a co-founder of Gazing Grain Press, an inclusive feminist chapbook contest funded by the Fall  for  the Book literary festival. 50 Water Dreams, was selected by Ilya Kaminsky for the 2014 First Book Prize and  will be  published by the Cleveland State University Poetry Center this spring.

 

 50 Water Dreams beckons us into a mysterious world of broken tesserae, a dispersed mosaic the reader must  puzzle over to reconstruct. What we discover, as the pieces begin to fit, is that Siwar Masannat subversively flips  the script of scripture, and invites us to re-read what we thought we  knew as the story of a land called 'holy. -Philip Metres

 

Broc Rossell is from California and lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, where he teaches at Simon Fraser University. His work has appeared in 1913, Boston Review, Denver Quarterly, Fence, Harvard Review, jubilat, iO, Los Angeles Review of Books, The Laurel Review, Volt, and other places. His first book, Festival, will be published by the Cleveland State University Poetry Center this spring.

 

The attention to the world paid here, whether despairing, reminiscent, documentary, or jubilant, is always an act of applied love, a celebration of the passing present; every line rings with that commitment. -Cole Swensen, on Rossell's Festival