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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