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First Books: Shayla Lawz with Ada Limón

November 15, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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Shayla Lawz discusses her recent debut, speculation, n., with Ada Limón, who reflects on her first book LUCKY WRECK (2006).

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Shayla Lawz is a writer and interdisciplinary artist from Jersey City, NJ. She works at the intersection of text, sound, and performance and has received fellowships from Cave Canem, Jack Jones Literary Arts, The Center for African American Poetry and Poetics, and The Digital Studies Center at Rutgers-Camden. Her writing and hybrid/sound works appear in McSweeney’s Quarterly, Catapult, and The Poetry Project, among others. Her debut poetry collection, speculation, n., was chosen by Ilya Kaminsky for the 2020 Autumn House Poetry Prize. She lives in Brooklyn, NY where she teaches in the department of Humanities and Media Studies at Pratt Institute. 

Ada Limón is the author of six books of poetry, including The Carrying, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry. Her book Bright Dead Things was nominated for the National Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award. Her work has been supported most recently by a Guggenheim Fellowship. She grew up in Sonoma, California and now lives in Lexington, Kentucky where she writes, teaches remotely, and hosts the critically-acclaimed poetry podcast, The Slowdown. Her new book of poetry, The Hurting Kind, is forthcoming from Milkweed Editions in May 2022.


November 15, 2021
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm