Why There Are Words

Sun, 02 April 2017 // 06:00 PM
Bowery Poetry, 308 Bowery, NYC (map)

Join us at the NYC branch of the renowned Bay Area literary reading series Why There Are Words on Sunday, April 2, 2017, at the Bowery Poetry Club for readings by the acclaimed authors below. Doors open at 5:45 pm; readings begin at 6:00 sharp. $10.00 at the door or $8 in advance. For more details, including the authors’ full bios, see the Why There Are Words website, whytherearewords.com or follow the Facebook page for the WTAW-NYC series. Tickets available here: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2717192

Christopher Bram is the author of twelve books, including the novel that became the movie Gods and Monsters starring Ian McKellan. His most recent book is The Art of History from Graywolf Press. He lives in New York and teaches at the Gallatin School of New York University. Visit www.christopherbram.com.

Jennifer Franklin holds an AB from Brown University and an MFA from Columbia University School of the Arts where she was a Harvey Baker Fellow. Her poems debuted in the Paris Review’s “Ten New Poets” issue #141. Her first full-length collection, Looming, won the 14th Annual Editor’s Prize from Elixir Press. In 2016, she was nominated for a Rona Jaffe Award. She is in the process of placing her recently completed manuscript, NO SMALL GIFT. Her poetry has appeared widely in anthologies, literary magazines, and journals including Blackbird, Boston Review, Connotation Press, Gettysburg Review, Guernica, The Journal, The Nation, New England Review, [PANK], Pequod, Plume, “poem-a-day” on poets.org, Poetry Daily, Prairie Schooner, Salmagundi, Southwest Review, Upstreet, Verse Daily, and Western Humanities Review. A selection of her poetry is featured in Andrew Solomon’s National Book Critics Circle award-winning book, Far from the Tree (Scribner, 2012). She is a co-editor of Slapering Hol Press, one of the oldest chapbook presses in the country. She teaches poetry workshops and seminars at The Hudson Valley Writers’ Center, where she serves as Program Director. She lives in New York City. Visit jenniferfranklinpoetry.com.

Howard Levy is the author of Spooky Action at a Distance and A Day This Lit and the editor of the anthology, Letters Stacked to be Mailed. His poetry has also appeared in Poetry, The Paris Review, American Poetry Review, ThreePenny Review and The Gettysburg Review. He was awarded a New York State Creative Artists Public Service Grant in Poetry and earlier was a finalist in the 92nd St. Y Poetry Center’s Discovery Award. He has been a faculty member at Frost Place and has taught in museums across New York City and New York State, particularly The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art. Visit www.howardlevypoetry.com.

Donna Masini’s third book of poems, 4:30 Movie, is forthcoming (W.W. Norton and Co. 2018). She is the author of Turning to Fiction (W.W. Norton and Co., 2004), That Kind of Danger (Beacon Press, 1994), and the novel, About Yvonne (W.W. Norton and Co, 1998). Her work has appeared in journals and anthologies including Poetry, Ploughshares, American Poetry Review, Open City, The Paris Review, Parnassus, Pushcart Prize, Brooklyn Poets (forthcoming), Best American Poetry 2015. A recipient of an NEA and a NYFA, she is a Professor of English at Hunter College where she teaches in the MFA Creative Writing program. She is at work on a novel, The Good Enough Mother. Visit www.donnamasini.com.

Patrick Phillips' first book of nonfiction, Blood at the Root: A Racial Cleansing in America, was published by W. W. Norton in September, 2016. He is also is the author of three books of poems, including Chattahoochee, which won the Kate Tufts Discovery Award, and Elegy for a Broken Machine, which was a finalist for the National Book Award. Among his other honors are Guggenheim and NEA Fellowships, a Pushcart Prize, and the Lyric Poetry Award from the Poetry Society of America. Phillips lives in Brooklyn and teaches at Drew University.

Martha Rhodes is the author of five poetry collections, most recently The Thin Wall from University of Pittsburgh Press. She teaches at the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College and at Sarah Lawrence College and runs the annual Conference on Poetry at the Frost Place in Franconia NH. . She is the director of Four Way Books.

Why There Are Words – NYC is a new branch of the award-winning Bay Area reading series curated by founder Peg Alford Pursell, www.pegalfordpursell.com. The series is also affiliated with the independent press, WTAW Press, www.wtawpress.org. WTAW-NYC is curated by poet and NYU Professor Michael Collins, notthatmichaelcollins.com. The Bowery Poetry Club is located at 308 Bowery just north of Houston. Phone: (212) 614-0505. For more information contact Michael Collins at mpcollins2@gmail.com.

$8 in advance, $10 at the door