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EMPIRE Presents: Richardson, Rankine, Chen, Asuncion
Apr 29, 2016 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
EMPIRE is a monthly poetry reading series and branch of the online poetry journal and chapbook press, Phantom Books. We’re pleased to present our April readers:
James Richardson (www.aboutjamesrichardson.com) is most recently the author of By the Numbers, which was a finalist for the 2010 National Book Award, and During, just published, which won the Poetry Society of America’s Castagnola Prize for best book-in-progress. He teaches at Princeton University.
Camille Rankine’s first full-length collection of poetry, Incorrect Merciful Impulses was released by Copper Canyon Press in Fall 2015. She is also the author of the chapbook Slow Dance with Trip Wire, selected by Cornelius Eady for the Poetry Society of America’s 2010 New York Chapbook Fellowship. The recipient of a 2010 “Discovery”/Boston Review Poetry Prize and a finalist for The Poetry Foundation’s 2014 Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowship, she was featured as an emerging poet in the fall 2010 issue of American Poet and the April 2011 issue of O, The Oprah Magazine. Her poetry has appeared in numerous journals, including American Poet, The Baffler, Boston Review, Denver Quarterly, Indiana Review, Narrative, Paper Darts, A Public Space and Tin House. Camille earned her BA from Harvard University, and her MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia University. She was selected for a MacDowell Colony Fellowship in 2013, and was named an Honorary Cave Canem Fellow in 2012. She is Assistant Director of the MFA Program in Creative Writing at Manhattanville College, editorial director of The Manhattanville Review, and lives in New York City, where she sings with the band Miru Mir.
Ken Chen is the executive director of the Asian American Writers’ Workshop and a recipient of the Yale Series of Younger Poets Award for his poetry collection Juvenilia, which was selected by Louise Glück. He is one of the founders of CultureStrike, an arts organization dedicated to migrant justice.
Hossannah Asuncion grew up near the 710 freeway in Los Angeles and currently lives near an F/G stop in Brooklyn. She is a Kundiman fellow and her work has been published by The Poetry Society of America, The Collagist, Tuesday; An Art Project, Anti- and other fine places.