We're pleased to welcome Sarah M. Sala to our At Home with Literati series of virtual events in support of Devil's Lake, with special guest Moncho Alvarado, CAConrad, Anne Carson, Omotara James, and Ricardo Alberto Maldonado.
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About Devil's Lake: What does it mean to claim your space in a world that's ending? Sarah M. Sala breaks open the American moment of unchecked gun violence, climate changes, and the growing rift between "us" and "them" with formal daring. Like a prism, this startling debut fractures into shades of possibility and memory, queering science, nature, and form to lay bare the colors of joy despite a world that seems intent on its destruction.
Moncho Alvarado is a Latinx-queer-poet, translator, visual artist, and educator. They’ve been published in Bellevue Literary Review, Merdian, Foglifter, Poets.org, and other publications. They are a recipient of fellowships and residencies from The Helene Wurlitzer Foundation, Lambda Literary, Poets House, Troika House, the Summer Seminar at Sarah Lawrence College, and won the Academy of American Poet’s John B. Santoianni award for excellence in poetry. Visit them at www.monchoalvarado.com
CAConrad's latest book JUPITER ALIGNMENT: (Soma)tic Poetry Rituals, is forthcoming from Ignota Books in 2020. The author of 9 books of poetry and essays, While Standing in Line for Death (Wave Books), won a Lambda Book Award. They also received a 2019 Creative Capital grant as well as a Pew Fellowships in the Arts, a Believer Magazine Book Award, and a Gil Ott Book Award. They regularly teach at Columbia University in New York City, and Sandberg Art Institute in Amsterdam. Please view their books and the documentary The Book of Conrad (Delinquent Films) online at http://bit.ly/88CAConrad
Anne Carson is the author of several poetry collections, including Float (Alfred A. Knopf, 2016) and Antigonick (New Directions, 2015). She currently teaches in New York University’s creative writing program.
Omotara James is a writer, editor and visual artist. She is the author of the chapbook Daughter Tongue, selected by African Poetry Book Fund, in collaboration with Akashic Books, for the 2018 New Generation African Poets Box Set. A two-time Pushcart Prize nominee, she is a recipient of the 2019 92Y Discovery Poetry Prize. Her poems have appeared in Poetry Magazine, The Paris Review, The Academy of American Poets and elsewhere. She is a fellow of Lambda Literary and Cave Canem Foundation. Born in Britain, she is the daughter of Nigerian and Trinidadian immigrants and currently lives in New York City. Her debut collection, Song of My Softening, is forthcoming.
Ricardo Alberto Maldonado was born and raised in Puerto Rico. He is the author of Life Assignment (Four Way Books), the translator of Dinapiera Di Donato's Colaterales / Collateral (National Poetry Series and Akashic Books) and the co-editor of Puerto Rico en mi corazón (Anomalous Press).
Sarah M. Sala is the author of Devil's Lake (Tolsun Books 2020). The founding director of Office Hours Poetry Workshop, and assistant poetry editor for the Bellevue Literary Review, she teaches expository writing at New York University. Her work appears or is forthcoming in BOMB, Michigan Quarterly Review, The Southampton Review, and The Brooklyn Rail. www.sarahsala.com