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New Works: Derrick Lynn Austin, Ishion Hutchinson and Colleen J. McElroy
October 11, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm| Free
Come hear recently published poems by Derrick Lynn Austin, Ishion Hutchinson and Colleen J. McElroy. Austin is the recipient of the A. Poulin, Jr. Award for Trouble the Water (BOA Editions, 2016), about which Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon says, “When you pick up this book, be prepared to dissolve into its atmosphere of gorgeous potential.” Hutchinson has published House of Lords and Commons (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2016) and Far District (Peepal Tree Press, 2010), winner of the PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award. Ilya Kaminsky calls him “without a doubt one of the most gifted poets of my generation.” McElroy won the American Book Award for her collection Queen of the Ebony Isles and is the author of several collections of poetry, most recently, Blood Memory (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2016). Nikky Finney writes, “[McElroy] is still the master storyteller to the 60 million of the Passage. When I didn’t know how to be a poet, I first read Colleen McElroy to slowly walk the path to how.” Co-sponsored by The New School Creative Writing Program. Free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.
Derrick Austin is the author of Trouble the Water (BOA Editions), selected by Mary Szybist for the 2015 A Poulin Jr Prize. A Cave Canem fellow, he earned his MFA from the University of Michigan. His work has appeared in Best American Poetry 2015, Image: A Journal of Arts and Religion, New England Review, Callaloo, Nimrod, Puerto Del Sol, and elsewhere. Currently, he is the Ron Wallace Fellow at the University of Wisconsin.
Ishion Hutchinson was born in Port Antonio, Jamaica. His poetry collection Far District: Poems (2010) won the PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award. Other honors include a Whiting Writers’ Award, the Glenna Luschei Award from Prairie Schooner Journal, and the Academy of American Poets’ Larry Levis Prize. His work has appeared in such anthologies and journals as Poetry, The Nation, Paris Review, Poetry Review, Best American Poetry 2015, Gulf Coast, Ploughshares, The Forward Book of Poetry 2016, Narrative, Granta, The Huffington Post, The Unprofessionals and New Letters. The Meringoff Sesquicentennial Fellow Assistant Professor of English at Cornell University and a contributing editor to the literary journals, The Common and Tongue: A Journal of Writing & Art, Hutchinson’s poems have been translated into German, Polish, Russian and Spanish.
Colleen J. McElroy is professor emeritus of English and creative writing at the University of Washington. She is the former editor in chief of the literary magazine Seattle Review and has published nine poetry collections, most recently, Sleeping with the Moon, for which she received a 2008 PEN/Oakland National Literary Award. Her latest collections of creative nonfiction include A Long Way from St. Louie and Over the Lip of the World: Among the Storytellers of Madagascar, the finalist in the 2000 PEN USA Research-based Creative Nonfiction category. McElroy has received the Before Columbus American Book Award, two Fulbright Research Fellowships, two NEA Fellowships (in both fiction and poetry), a DuPont Visiting Scholar Fellowship, and a Rockefeller Fellowship.