Hotels are the most inspiring places in the world, where locals and travelers intersect, ideas pollinate, and culture thrives. For national poetry month, we're presenting Arlo's first poetry reading, free to all. Come hungry and thirsty and ready to meet people and poetry lovers from all over the world
Our featured poets are:
Francisco Marquez, a Venezuelan poet living in Brooklyn. His work can be found in The Offing, poets.org, Lambda Literary, and elsewhere. He's a Saltonstall Colony for the Arts fellow, and a 2017 Best New Poets nominee. He holds an MFA in Poetry from NYU, where he was a Goldwater fellow.
Kay Zhang received her MFA in Poetry from Columbia. She also holds a Bachelor's degree in English from Princeton University. Kay has taught English literature, expository writing, and creative writing courses in the New York area as an adjunct professor and workshop instructor. She is currently working on a collection of poems that thinks spatially about learning, and as an older or younger iteration of herself.
Jacob Sandler publishes poetry and translations under the pen name Rio Jones. Since 2008, he's been involved in a long-term project with a group of artists and political activists from a city called Juchitan de Zaragoza. The project combines documenting oral histories, translating poetry and music lyrics, as well as promoting the local artists collectives across state and international borders. A key impetus was to offer an alternative route for those young artists who cannot find scholarships in the academic world.
Before the reading we'll be haikuing, and afterward we'll open it up for discussion and meeting and greeting the audience and artists.