Please join us in celebrating the new and forthcoming publications by Beatrice Szymkowiak, RED ZONE (Finishing Line Press, 2018), Leila Chatti, Tunsiya/Amrikiya (Bull City Press, 2018) & Angie Trudell Vasquez, In Light, Always Light (Finishing Line Press, forthcoming in 2019)!
Beatrice Szymkowiak is a French-American author. She was born in the North of France, a landscape scarred by the battles of WWI trench war. She immigrated to the United States in 2003 and lived in New Orleans, where she witnessed the human and environmental catastrophe caused by Hurricane Katrina and the levee failures. In 2017, she earned an MFA in Creative Writing from the Institute of American Indian Arts (Santa Fe, NM). She now pursues a PhD in Creative Writing at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where she also teaches. Beatrice is the winner of the 2017 Omnidawn Single Poem Broadside Poetry Contest, and her poems have been published in magazines including the Berkeley Poetry Review, Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review, and OmniVerse. Exploratory and experimental, her poetry investigates the new environmental trajectory of the Anthropocene. Red Zone is the first chapter of her investigations, located at the collusion of personal and general histories, land and language, nature and human nature, geological and human scales.
Leila Chatti is a Tunisian-American poet and author of the chapbooks Ebb (Akashic Books, 2018) and Tunsiya/Amrikiya, the 2017 Editors' Selection from Bull City Press. She is the recipient of scholarships from the Tin House Writers’ Workshop, The Frost Place, and the Key West Literary Seminar, grants from the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund and the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation, and fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, and Cleveland State University, where she is the inaugural Anisfield-Wolf Fellow in Publishing and Writing. Her poems have received awards from Ploughshares' Emerging Writer's Contest, Narrative's 30 Below Contest, the Gregory O’Donoghue International Poetry Prize, and the Academy of American Poets. She is the Consulting Poetry Editor for the Raleigh Review and her work appears in Ploughshares, Tin House, American Poetry Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, Kenyon Review Online, and elsewhere.
Angie Trudell Vasquez (Mexican-American 2nd & 3rd generation Iowan) holds a Master of Fine Arts in Poetry from the Institute of American Indian Arts. She writes poetry, essays, and short fiction. She has published in Yellow Medicine Review, Raven Chronicles, Taos Journal of Poetry, The Rumpus, and on the Poetry Foundation’s website. Her chapbook, In Light, Always Light, is forthcoming from Finishing Line Press in 2019.
This program is part of a series of readings celebrating new and recent poetry publications, made possible with support from the Poetry Foundation.