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Sunday, May 16 • 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Drawing Inspiration from the Everyday: A Reading

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A writer’s practice can’t constantly wait for the Muse: we have to actively glean inspiration from casual interactions, chores and caregiving, watching television, even just simple choices of food and drink. This array of poets, all reading from new collections, will share work that interrogates the pressures of “everyday” existence—and how we turn those moments into edgy, funny, and exciting poems that waken into revelation. How do we bring in research and cultural dialogue? How do we innovate in terms of structure and conceit? We will further contextualize our readings with introductory comments that acknowledge how we relate to the current moment. These are the poems we need right now.

Link to recording:  https://salemstate.zoom.us/rec/share/IM4FBuXBx5BMBDQhkwhkZ7whm4hX2l7__mJk-26forb8958FzGKVdpCM9s6x5yBu.FPxPbJbqSBb6HJnh

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Sandra Beasley

Sandra Beasley is the author of four poetry collections, most recently Made to Explode, which came out with W. W. Norton in 2021; and Don’t Kill the Birthday Girl: Tales from an Allergic Life, a disability memoir. She also edited Vinegar and Char: Verse from the Southern Foodways... Read More →
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Khadijah Queen

Khadijah Queen is the author of six books, including Anodyne (TinHouse Books, 2020), and I'm So Fine: A List of Famous Men & What I Had On (YesYes Books, 2017), a finalist for the National Poetry Series, which was praised in O Magazine, the New Yorker, Los Angeles Review, and elsewhere... Read More →
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Aricka Foreman

Aricka Foreman is an American poet and writer from Detroit MI. Author of Salt Body Shimmer (YesYes Books), she’s earned fellowships from Cave Canem, Callaloo, and the Millay Colony for the Arts. She lives in Chicago, IL, engaging poetry with photography & video.
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Kate Durbin

Kate Durbin is an artist and writer whose books of poetry include Hoarders (Wave Books), E! Entertainment, The Ravenous Audience, and ABRA. ABRA is also a free, interactive iOS app that is "a living text," and won the 2017 international Turn On Literature Prize for electronic literature... Read More →

Sunday May 16, 2021 2:45pm - 3:45pm EDT