AWP Off-site Reading: The Word Works and Kore Press at Suffolk

 Join us for more fun at an AWP Off-Site joint reading by poets from The Word Works and Kore Press!


 Friday, March 8, 6:30 PM

Suffolk University Poetry Center, Mildred Sawyer Library, Rosalie K. Stahl Center, 73 Tremont Street, Boston, MA.


Featured readers for The Word Works:


  • B. K. Fisher’s first book of poems, the novel-in-verse Mutiny Gallery, won the 2011 T. S. Eliot Prize. Her second, St. Rage’s Vault, won the 2012 Washington Prize. Educated at Johns Hopkins, Columbia, and New York University, she is the author of a critical study, Museum Mediations. She teaches at The Hudson Valley Writers’ Center, where she is co-editor of Slapering Hol Press, and she is a poetry editor at Boston Review.
  • Bernadette Geyer is the author of the chapbook What Remains and The Scabbard of Her Throat, selected for the Hilary Tham Capital Collection by 2012 judge Cornelius Eady. S Recipient of a Strauss Fellowship from the Arts Council of Fairfax County, she has also published poems in Oxford American, North American Review, The Midwest Quarterly, Verse Daily, and elsewhere. Geyer is an instructor at The Writer’s Center in Bethesda, Maryland, and teaches poetry to elementary school students through a program sponsored by the Arlington Cultural Affairs Department and the Arlington Public School Humanities Project.
  • Fred Marchant’s Tipping Point won the 1993 Washington Prize and is issued this year in a new 20th Anniversary Edition. He is also the author of Full Moon Boat (Graywolf Press, 2000) and The Looking House (Graywolf Press 2009). A new and selected volume, House on Water, House in Air, was published in 2002 in Dublin Ireland (Dedalus Press). Marchant co-translated (with Nguyen Ba Chung) From a Corner of My Yard, poetry by the Vietnamese poet Tran Dang Khoa, published in Ha Noi, Viet Nam (2006). Born in Providence, Rhode Island, Fred Marchant is a graduate of Brown University and the University of Chicago. He is a Professor of English at Suffolk University in Boston, where he is the founding director of the Creative Writing Program and the Poetry Center. One of the first Marine officers ever to be discharged honorably as a conscientious objector, Marchant edited Another World Instead: The Early Poems of William Stafford, 1937-1947 (Graywolf Press, 2008), a collection that centers on the poetry Stafford wrote as a conscientious objector during World War II.


Featured readers for Kore Press:


  • Michelle Chan Brown’s Double Agent was the winner of the 2011 Kore First Book Award, judged by Bhanu Kapil. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Cimarron Review, Linebreak, The Missouri Review, Quarterly West, Sycamore Review, Witness and others. Michelle received her MFA from the University of Michigan, where she was a Rackham Fellow. She was a Tennessee Williams scholar at the Sewanee Writers’ Conference and received scholarships from the Vermont Studio Center and the Wesleyan Writers’ Conference. Her chapbook, The Clever Decoys, is available from LATR Editions. She lives with her husband, the musician Paul Erik Lipp, in Washington DC, where she teaches, writes, and edits Drunken Boat and co-curates the Café Muse reading series.
  • Jennifer Barber is the author of Given Away (2012) and Rigging the Wind (2003), both from Kore Press. Her poems have appeared in places such as The New Yorker, Upstreet, Harvard Review, Georgia Review, Take Three (Graywolf Press), Four Way Reader #2 (Four Way Books), and After Shocks: Poetry of Recovery for Life-Shattering Events (Santa Lucia Books). She has been the recipient of a Pushcart Prize, Heinrich Böll Cottage Residency, a St. Botolph Grant-in-Aid and a Bruce Rossley Emerging Voices Award, and received the 2008 Anna Davidson Rosenberg Award. She is founding and current editor of the journal Salamander, now in its 20th year, and teaches literature and creative writing at Suffolk University in Boston.
  • Carolyn Hembree is the author of Skinny (2012) from Kore Press. Her poems have appeared in Colorado Review, DIAGRAM, Gulf Coast, Indiana Review, jubilat, and Witness, among other journals and anthologies. Her poetry has received three Pushcart Prize nominations, a PEN Writers Grant, a Southern Arts Federation Grant, and a Louisiana Division of the Arts Fellowship Award in Literature. Before completing her MFA, she found employment as a cashier, house cleaner, cosmetics consultant, telecommunicator, actor, receptionist, paralegal, coder, and freelance writer. Carolyn grew up in Tennessee and Alabama. She teaches at the University of New Orleans.



Suffolk University Poetry Center, Mildred Sawyer Library, Rosalie K. Stahl Center, 73 Tremont Street, Boston, MA.

DIRECTIONS from Hynes Convention Center: take any Green Line train--B,C, D, or E, inbound to Park Street (4 stops). Get off at Park Street Station; you will be on the corner of Tremont St. and Park St. The Mildred F. Sawyer Library is located at 73 Tremont Street, approximately one block north. The entrance to the Library is around the corner; walk up School Street and take a left on Tremont Place. The Poetry Center is on the 3rd floor of the Library.

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