At Home with Literati: Sumita Chakraborty, Kaveh Akbar, Franny Choi, and Taylor Johnson

Thursday, September 10, 2020 - 7:00pm

We're pleased to welcome Sumita Chakraborty in support of her debut poetry collection, Arrow, as part of our At Home with Literati virtual event series. The event will also feature readings from special guests Kaveh Akbar, Franny Choi, & Taylor Johnson.

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Kaveh Akbar's poems appear in The New Yorker, Poetry, The New Republic, Best American Poetry, The New York Times, and elsewhere. He is the author of Calling a Wolf a Wolf (Alice James 2017) and a chapbook, Portrait of the Alcoholic, published by Sibling Rivalry. He is also the editor of an anthology of poetry about the spirit called Writing the Divine (Penguin Classics, 2020).  The recipient of a Levis Reading Prize, a Pushcart Prize, and a Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowship, Kaveh is the founding editor of Divedapper, a home for interviews with major voices in contemporary poetry. Born in Tehran, Iran, he teaches at Purdue University and in the low-residency MFA programs at Randolph College and Warren Wilson.

Sumita Chakraborty is a poet, essayist, and scholar. Her poems have appeared in Poetry, American Poetry Review, The Best American Poetry 2019, and elsewhere, and her essays and articles appear or are forthcoming in the Los Angeles Review of Books, Cultural Critique, Modernism/modernity, College Literature, and Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and the Environment, among others. Formerly poetry editor of AGNI Magazine and art editor of At Length, she holds a BA from Wellesley College and a PhD from Emory University. She was the recipient of a Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg fellowship from the Poetry Foundation and has been shortlisted for a Forward Prize. Originally from Massachusetts, she now lives in Michigan, where she is Helen Zell Visiting Professor in Poetry at the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor. Learn more at or find her on Twitter at @chakrabsumitaArrow is her first collection.

Franny Choi is the author of Soft Science (Alice James Books, 2019) and Floating, Brilliant, Gone (Write Bloody Publishing, 2019). She is a Kundiman Fellow, a 2019 Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellow, and a graduate of the University of Michigan's Helen Zell Writers Program. Formerly a teaching artist with Inside Out in Detroit, she co-hosts the podcast VS with poet Danez Smith and is currently a Bolin Fellow at Williams College.  

Taylor Johnson is from DC. Their poems have appeared in the Paris Review, the Baffler, and Scalawag, among other publications. Their first book of poems, Inheritance, will be published in November with Alice James Books.

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Arrow By Sumita Chakraborty Cover Image
ISBN: 9781948579117
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Published: Alice James Books - September 8th, 2020

Calling a Wolf a Wolf By Kaveh Akbar Cover Image
ISBN: 9781938584671
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Published: Alice James Books - September 12th, 2017

Soft Science By Franny Choi Cover Image
ISBN: 9781938584992
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Published: Alice James Books - April 2nd, 2019

Inheritance By Taylor Johnson Cover Image
ISBN: 9781948579131
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Published: Alice James Books - November 10th, 2020