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Cave Canem and Belladonna* Books at Bryant Park
August 23, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pmFree
Join Cave Canem and Belladonna* Books for poetry al fresco in Bryant Park with Jacqueline Jones LaMon, Janice A. Lowe, Purvi Shah and Evie Shockley. Free and open to the public. In case of rain, the event is held under a tent at the Reading Room.
Jacqueline Jones LaMon is the author of two collections of poetry, Gravity, U.S.A., recipient of the Quercus Review Press Poetry Series Book Award, and Last Seen, a Felix Pollak Poetry Prize selection, about which Martha Collins writes, “In their powerful tension between absence and presence, between broken narrative and richly detailed lyric, LaMon’s poetic sequences put all our assumptions about stability and permanence into question.”
Poet and musician Janice A. Lowe is a co-founder of The Dark Room Collective and author of LEAVING CLE poems of nomadic dispersal, lauded by Fred Moten as “a beautiful document of eccentric return . . . it keeps giving home away, disbursing and dispersing hard, pleasurable weather like a new kind of lake effect.”
Winner of the Many Voices Project Prize, Purvi Shah’s debut collection Terrain Tracks is described by Harriet Davidson as “exploring journeys through space and time in beautifully sensuous lyrics charting the dislocations and locations of immigration, memory, love, and loss.”
Evie Shockley has published several collections of poetry, including a half-red sea and, most recently, the new black, a Library Journal’s 2011 Best Poetry selection. Terrance Hayes calls the new black “a book of stunning urgency and invention,” and Claudia Rankine praises it as “our contemporary passage through a mosaic of historical and literary constructions.”
Belladonna* is a feminist avant-garde collective, founded in 1999 by Rachel Levitsky. 2016 marks the 17th anniversary of the Belladonna* mission to promote the work of women writers who are adventurous, experimental, politically involved, multi-form, multicultural, multi-gendered, impossible to define, delicious to talk about, unpredictable and dangerous with language.