Sep
11
7:00 PM19:00

Poetry Reading with Ashley M. Jones + Donna Aza Weir-Soley!

Join us for a night of poetry with visiting poet, Ashley M. Jones, and local poet, Donna Aza Weir-Soley!

About the poets:

Ashley M. Jones received an MFA in Poetry from Florida International University.  Her debut poetry collection, Magic City Gospel, was published by Hub City Press in January 2017, and it won the silver medal in poetry in the 2017 Independent Publishers Book Awards. Her poems appear or are forthcoming in many journals and anthologies, including the Academy of American Poets, Tupelo Quarterly, Prelude, Steel Toe Review, The Sun, Poets Respond to Race Anthology, and The Harvard Journal of African American Public Policy. She received a 2015 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer’s Award and a 2015 B-Metro Magazine Fusion Award. Her second collection, dark / / thingwon the 2018 Lena-Miles Wever Todd Prize for Poetry from Pleiades Press and is forthcoming in February 2019. She currently lives in Birmingham, Alabama, where she is Second Vice President of the Alabama Writers’ Conclave , founding director of the Magic City Poetry Festival, and a faculty member in the Creative Writing Department of the Alabama School of Fine Arts.

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Originally from Jamaica, Donna Aza Weir-Soley is currently an associate professor of English, African and African diaspora studies, and women's studies at Florida International University. A Mellon and a Woodrow Wilson Fellow, she is the author of a poetry collection, First Rain (2006), and a scholarly text, Eroticism, Spirituality, and Resistance in Black Women's Writings (2009), and is the coeditor (with Opal Palmer Adisa) of Caribbean Erotic (2010), an anthology of poetry, fiction, and essays that includes the work of sixty-two writers from the English-speaking, Spanish-speaking, and French-speaking Caribbean.


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Apr
17
7:00 PM19:00

Poetry Reading with Stephanie Strickland + Maureen Seaton!

Join us for a night of poetry with visiting poet, Stephanie Strickland, and local poet, Maureen Seaton!

About the poets:

Stephanie Strickland’s 10 books of poetry include How the Universe Is Made: Poems New & Selected and Ringing the Changes, a code-generated project for print based on the ancient art of bell-ringing, both published in 2019. Other books include Dragon Logic and The Red Virgin. She has published 11 digital poems, most recently the Vniverse app for iPad with Ian Hatcher; House of Trust, with Ian Hatcher, a generative poem in praise of free public libraries, and Hours of the Night, an MP4 PowerPoint poem probing age, sleep, and the night, with M.D. Coverley. Strickland’s work across print and multiple media is being collected by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book And Manuscript Library at Duke University.

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Maureen Seaton has authored twenty poetry collections, both solo and collaborative, most recently, Sweet World (CavanKerry, 2019) and Fisher (Black Lawrence Press, 2018). Her awards include the Iowa Prize, Lambda Literary Award, Audre Lorde Award, NEA fellowship, and the Pushcart. Her memoir, Sex Talks to Girls(University of Wisconsin Press, 2010), also garnered a “Lammy” and was recently reprinted in paperback (2018). ). With poet Neil de la Flor, she edited the anthology Reading Queer: Poetry in a Time of Chaos (Anhinga Press, 2018). Seaton teaches at the University of Miami.

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Mar
7
5:00 PM17:00

Meet the Artist: Emma Trelles

Please join SWWIM for an intimate conversation with visiting writer (and Miami homegirl) Emma Trelles. This event will take place in the library; wine and cheese will be served.

About the artist:

Emma Trelles is the author of Tropicalia (University of Notre Dame Press) — winner of the Andrés Montoya Poetry Prize, a finalist for Foreword Indies poetry book of the year, and a recommended read by The Rumpus. Her work has been anthologized in The Best American Poetry, Best of the Net, Political Punch: Contemporary Poems on the Politics of Identity, and others. Her poems have recently appeared in Spillway, SWWIMThe Miami RailThe Los Angeles Review, and Zocalo Public Square. She is the recipient of an Individual Artist Fellowship from the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs and lives with her husband in California, where she programs the Mission Poetry Series.  

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Mar
6
7:00 PM19:00

Poetry Reading with Emma Trelles + Anne Marie Macari!

Join us for a night of poetry with visiting poet (and former local poet), Emma Trelles, and local poet, Anne Marie Macari!

About the poets:

Emma Trelles is the author of Tropicalia (University of Notre Dame Press) — winner of the Andrés Montoya Poetry Prize, a finalist for Foreword Indies poetry book of the year, and a recommended read by The Rumpus. Her work has been anthologized in The Best American Poetry, Best of the Net, Political Punch: Contemporary Poems on the Politics of Identity, and others. Her poems have recently appeared in Spillway, SWWIMThe Miami RailThe Los Angeles Review, and Zocalo Public Square. She is the recipient of an Individual Artist Fellowship from the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs and lives with her husband in California, where she programs the Mission Poetry Series.  

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Anne Marie Macari is the author of five books of poetry, including the forthcoming Heaven Beneath, (Persea, 2020), and most recently Red Deer (Persea, 2015). In 2000, Macari won the Honickman/APR First Book Prize for Ivory Cradle. Her essays and poems have appeared in numerous magazines.


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Feb
7
5:00 PM17:00

Meet the Artist: Beth Ann Fennelly

Please join SWWIM for an intimate conversation with visiting writer Beth Ann Fennelly. This event will take place in the library; wine and cheese will be served.

About the artist:

Beth Ann Fennelly, Poet Laureate of Mississippi, teaches in the MFA Program at the University of Mississippi, where she was named Outstanding Teacher of the Year. She’s won grants from the N.E.A., the United States Artists, and a Fulbright to Brazil. Her work has won a Pushcart Prize and three times been included in The Best American Poetry Series.  Fennelly has published three poetry books: Open HouseTender Hooks, and Unmentionables, and a book of nonfiction, Great with Child, all published with W. W. Norton.  A novel she co-authored with her husband, Tom Franklin, called The Tilted World was published by HarperCollins. Her sixth book, Heating & Cooling: 52 Micro-memoirs, recently published by W. W. Norton, was named an Atlanta Journal Constitution Best Book of 2017 and a Goodreaders Favorite for 2017. Fennelly and Franklin live in Oxford with their three children.

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Feb
6
7:00 PM19:00

Poetry Reading with Beth Ann Fennelly + Angela Narciso Torres

Please join us for a night of poetry with visiting writer Beth Ann Fennelly + local writer Angela Narciso Torres!

About the poets:

Beth Ann Fennelly, Poet Laureate of Mississippi, teaches in the MFA Program at the University of Mississippi, where she was named Outstanding Teacher of the Year. She’s won grants from the N.E.A., the United States Artists, and a Fulbright to Brazil. Her work has won a Pushcart Prize and three times been included in The Best American Poetry Series.  Fennelly has published three poetry books:Open HouseTender Hooks, and Unmentionables, and a book of nonfiction, Great with Child, all published with W. W. Norton.  A novel she co-authored with her husband, Tom Franklin, called The Tilted Worldwas published by HarperCollins. Her sixth book, Heating & Cooling: 52 Micro-memoirs, recently published by W. W. Norton, was named an Atlanta Journal Constitution Best Book of 2017 and a Goodreaders Favorite for 2017. Fennelly and Franklin live in Oxford with their three children.

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Angela Narciso Torres, author of Blood Orange (Willow Books Literature Award for Poetry), has recent or forthcoming work in POETRY, Missouri Review, and Quarterly West. A graduate of Warren Wilson’s MFA Program and Harvard Graduate School of Education, Angela has received fellowships from Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and Ragdale Foundation. Born in Brooklyn and raised in Manila, she’s a senior editor for RHINO and a reader for New England Review. 

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Jan
17
5:00 PM17:00

Meet the Artist: Sandra Beasley

Please join SWWIM for an intimate conversation with visiting writer Sandra Beasley. This event will take place in the library; wine and cheese will be served.

About the artist:

Sandra Beasley is the author of three poetry collections—Count the Waves, I Was the Jukebox, and Theories of Falling—and Don’t Kill the Birthday Girl: Tales from an Allergic Life, a disability memoir that doubles as a cultural history of food allergies. She also edited Vinegar and Char: Verse from the Southern Foodways Alliance. Honors for her work include a 2015 NEA fellowship, the Center for Book Arts Chapbook Prize, and four DCCAH fellowships. She lives in Washington, D.C., and teaches with the University of Tampa low-residency MFA program.



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Jan
16
7:00 PM19:00

Poetry Reading with Sandra Beasley + Elisa Albo!

Join us for a night of poetry with visiting poet, Sandra Beasley, and local poet, Elisa Albo!


About the poets:

Sandra Beasley is the author of three poetry collections—Count the Waves, I Was the Jukebox, and Theories of Falling—and Don’t Kill the Birthday Girl: Tales from an Allergic Life, a disability memoir that doubles as a cultural history of food allergies. She also edited Vinegar and Char: Verse from the Southern Foodways Alliance. Honors for her work include a 2015 NEA fellowship, the Center for Book Arts Chapbook Prize, and four DCCAH fellowships. She lives in Washington, D.C., and teaches with the University of Tampa low-residency MFA program.

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Elisa Albo is the author of two poetry chapbooks, Passage to America and Each Day More. Her poems have appeared in journals and anthologies like Alimentum, Bomb MagazineCrab Orchard Review, International Literary QuarterlyIrrepressible Appetites, MiPoesiasNotre Dame Review, and most recently, Two-Countries: Daughters and Sons of Immigrant Parents, The Politics of Shelter, Swamp Ape Review, and Vinegar and Char. A graduate of FIU’s MFA program, she teaches English and ESL at Broward College.

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