Poetry & BYOBiscuits for August
@ Black Ocean
Opening Thursday, August 12th, from 7:30PM - 9PM
This August, please join us poetry and conversation with George Abraham, Nathan Hoks, Ruben Quesada, and Divya Victor.
George Abraham (they/he) is a Palestinian American poet and writer from Jacksonville, FL. Their debut collection Birthright (Button Poetry, 2020) won the Big Other Book Award, and is a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award in Bisexual Poetry. He is a board member for the Radius of Arab American Writers (RAWI), a recipient of fellowships from Kundiman and The Boston Foundation, and winner of the 2017 College Union Poetry Slam Invitational’s Best Poet title. Their work has appeared in The American Poetry Review, The Baffler, The Paris Review, The Missouri Review, Mizna, and elsewhere. A graduate of Swarthmore College and Harvard University, Abraham currently teaches at Emerson College, and will be a Litowitz MFA+MA Candidate at Northwestern University in the fall.
Nathan Hoks is the author of Reveilles and The Narrow Circle, as well as the chapbook Moony Days of Being. He teaches at the University of Chicago and at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and is an editor and printer for Convulsive Editions, a micro-press that publishes hand-made poetry chapbooks.
Ruben Quesada is a poet, critic, translator, editor, and community organizer. He is the author of poetry collections: Revelations and Next Extinct Mammal, and translator of Exiled from the Throne of Night: Selected Translations of Luis Cernuda. The recipient of a 2021 Individual Artist grant from the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, he is at work on a video anthology of contemporary Latinx poetry. He is the founder of the Latinx Writers Caucus, an organization concerned with the education, equity, and inclusion of Latinx writers. Currently, Ruben is a blogger of contemporary poetry and poetics for The Kenyon Review; he serves on the Board and as VP of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion of the National Book Critics Circle, and he is an Associate Teaching Fellow at The Attic Institute. He lives in Chicago where he works as a site coordinator and translator for the Illinois Humanities Council. In his spare time, he is the program director for the Mercy Street Readings, a monthly 60-minute literary broadcast.
Divya Victor is the author of CURB (Nightboat Books); KITH, a book of verse, prose memoir, lyric essay and visual objects (Fence Books/ Book*hug); Scheingleichheit: Drei Essays (Merve Verlag); NATURAL SUBJECTS (Trembling Pillow, Winner of the Bob Kaufman Award), UNSUB (Insert Blanc), THINGS TO DO WITH YOUR MOUTH (Les Figues). Her work has been collected in numerous venues, including BOMB, the New Museum’s The Animated Reader, Crux: Journal of Conceptual Writing, The Best American Experimental Writing, POETRY, and boundary2. She is currently Associate Professor of English at Michigan State University.
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