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Pride in Verse: Spotlighting International LGBTQ Poets

Wednesday June 26, 2019
07:00 pm

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For the first time in nearly 20 years and on the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising, NYC will host WorldPride 2019! WorldPride is an empowering global celebration honoring the international Pride movement. LGBTQ+ poets Rigoberto González, Jaime Manrique, RaquelSalas Rivera, Brenda Shaughnessy, and Yanyi will have a candid conversation on queerness, acceptance, identity, and community. They will also read from their works.


Rigoberto Gonzales is the author of many books of poetry and prose, including the poetry collection The Book of Ruin, recently published by Four Way Books, and the memoirs What Drowns the Flowers in Your Mouth, finalist for a National Book Critics Circle Award, and Butterfly Boy: Memories of a Chicano Mariposa, winner of the American Book Award. He is a contributing editor for Poets & Writers magazine, serves on the board of trustees of the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP), and is a professor of English and director of the MFA Program in Creative Writing at Rutgers-Newark, the State University of New Jersey. Yanyi is a writer and critic. In 2018, he won the Yale Series of Younger Poets Prize, awarded by Carl Phillips, for his first book, The Year of Blue Water (Yale University Press, March 2019). The recipient of fellowships from Asian American Writers Workshop and Poets House, his work has recently been featured in NPR’s All Things Considered, Tin House, Granta, and The Offing. Currently, he is an associate editor at Foundry.

 

Jaime Manrique is a Colombian-born novelist, poet, essayist, and translator who writes both in English and Spanish, and whose work has been translated into fifteen languages. Among his publications in English are the novels Colombian Gold, Latin Moon in Manhattan, Twilight at the Equator, Our Lives Are the Rivers, and Cervantes Street; he has also published the memoir Eminent Maricones: Arenas, Lorca, Puig, and Me. His selected poems were published in Spanish in 2016. His honors include Colombia’s National Poetry Award, a 2007 International Latino Book Award (Best Novel, Historical Fiction), and a Guggenheim Fellowship. He’s a former associate professor in the MFA writing program at Columbia University and currently a distinguished lecturer in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures at the City College of New York. His sixth novel, Like This Afternoon, will be published in June 2019 by Kaylie Jones Books/Akashic Books. He has just completed a new novel, The Rooster from Aracataca.

 

Raquel Salas Rivera is the 2018-19 Poet Laureate of Philadelphia. They are the inaugural recipient of the Ambroggio Prize, for their book x/ex/exis, and the Laureate Fellowship, both from the Academy of American Poets. From 2016-2018, they were co-editor of The Wanderer and co-editor of Puerto Rico en mi corazón, a collection of bilingual broadsides of contemporary Puerto Rican poets. They have received fellowships and residencies from the Sundance Institute, the Kimmel Center for Performing Arts, the Arizona Poetry Center, and CantoMundo. They are also the author of six chapbooks and five full-length poetry books. Their fourth book, lo terciario/the tertiary, was on the 2018 National Book Award Longlist, and was selected by Remezcla, Entropy, Literary Hub, mitú, Book Riot, and Publishers Weekly as one of the best poetry books of 2018. It is a Finalist for the 2019 Lambda Literary Award for Transgender Poetry. Their fifth book, while they sleep (under the bed is another country), was published by Birds, LLC in 2019 and includes art by Mariana Ramos Ortiz. They love and live for Puerto Rico, Philadelphia, and a world free of white supremacy.


Brenda Shaughnessy was born in Okinawa and raised in Southern California. She is the author of five poetry collections, most recently The Octopus Museum (Knopf 2019). 2012’s Our Andromeda was a New York Times’ 100 Notable Book, a finalist for the Griffin International Prize and the Kingsley Tufts Prize. She’s the recipient of a 2018 Literature Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and a 2013 Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship. Her poems have appeared in Best American Poetry, The Nation, The New Yorker, Paris Review, Poetry Magazine, The Yale Review, and elsewhere. She is currently writing an opera libretto for the composer Paola Prestini, commissioned by The Atlanta Opera. She is Associate Professor of English and Creative Writing at Rutgers University-Newark and lives in Verona, New Jersey.

 

Yanyi is a writer and critic. In 2018, he won the Yale Series of Younger Poets Prize, awarded by Carl Phillips, for his first book, The Year of Blue Water (Yale University Press, March 2019). The recipient of fellowships from Asian American Writers Workshop and Poets House, his work has recently been featured in NPR’s All Things Considered, Tin House, Granta, and The Offing. Currently, he is an associate editor at Foundry.