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San Miguel Poetry Week

By Jennifer Clement

This year’ poetry week includes: Jennifer Clement author of the memoir Widow Basquiat, about the painter Jean-Michel Basquiat. Her novel Prayers for the Stolen was a finalist for the PEN-Faulkner Award and a New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice. In 2016 she was awarded the Guggenheim Fellowship for her new novel, Gun Love. Clement is also the author of several books of poetry including The Next Stranger (with an introduction by W.S. Merwin). She is the current and first woman president of PEN International. In 1997 she co-founded San Miguel Poetry Week with her sister, Barbara Sibley.

Meena Alexander who has two new books forthcoming: her eighth book of poetry, Atmospheric Embroidery, and the anthology Name me a Word: Indian Writers Reflect on Writing. She is the editor of Indian Love Poems and author of the critically acclaimed memoir Fault Lines. Her awards include those from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the Fulbright Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the Arts Council of England. She is Distinguished Professor of English at the Graduate Center/ Hunter College, CUNY.

Mark Doty, author of nine books of poems, including FIRE TO FIRE: New and Selected Poems, which received the National Book Award for Poetry in 2008, and My Alexandria, which received the National Book Critics Circle Award in 1994. It was also the first book by an American poet to win the T.S. Eliot Prize in the United Kingdom. Doty’s also published three memoirs: Heaven’s Coast, a meditation on grief, which won the PEN/Martha Albrand Award for First Nonfiction; Firebird; and Dog Years, a New York Times bestseller. He’s currently a distinguished professor at Rutgers and lives in New York City.

Ahren Warner whose first book of poems, Confer, was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation and was shortlisted for both the Forward Prize for Best First Collection and the Michael Murphy Memorial Prize 2013. He was awarded an Eric Gregory Award in 2010 and an Arts Foundation Fellowship in 2012. His latest book, Hello. Your promise has been extracted brings together a collection of poems and a series of photographs. He is poetry editor of Poetry London.

Sholeh Wolpé, an Iranian-born poet, writer, and public speaker. A recipient of the 2014 PEN/Heim, 2013 Midwest Book Award, and 2010 Lois Roth Persian Translation prize, Wolpé’s literary work include four collections of poetry, two plays, three books of translations, and three anthologies. Wolpé’s modern translation of The Conference of the Birds by the twelfth-century Iranian mystic poet, Attar, has been hailed by Reza Aslan as a translation that “is sure to be as timeless as the masterpiece itself.”

And Brandel France de Bravo, author of two award-winning poetry collections (Provenance and Mother, Loose), co-author of a parenting book, and the editor of a bilingual anthology of Mexican poetry (Mexican Poetry Today: 20/20 Voices). She holds an MFA from Warren Wilson College’s low-residency program for writers.


San Miguel Poetry Week

Wed, Jan 3, 7pm

Meena Alexander and Mark Doty

Thu, Jan 4, 7pm

Sholeh Wolpe and Ahren Warner

Fri, Jan 5, 7pm

Brandel France de Bravo and Showcase poets

Sunday, Jan 7, 7pm

Participants’ Reading

Teatro Santa Ana, La Biblioteca

Reloj 50A

Morning workshops and evening readings

Places are still open for those interested in taking the workshops

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