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Poetry at Literati: Lena Khalaf Tuffaha, Heather Derr-Smith, Molly Spencer

Literati is excited to host a reading from three wonderful poets; Lena Khalaf Tuffaha, Heather Derr-Smith and Molly Spencer.

Lena Khalaf Tuffaha is an American poet of Palestinian, Jordanian and Syrian heritage. Her poems have been published in American and international journals including Blackbird, The Boiler, Borderlands Texas Review, The Indianola Review, James Franco Review, The Lake for Poetry, Lunch Ticket, Mizna, The Ofi Press Mexico, Sukoon, and the Taos Journal of International Poetry and Art. Several of her poems have been nominated for Pushcart Prizes, "Immigrant" in 2015 and for "Middle Village" and "Ruin" in 2016. She is a recent MFA graduate from the Rainier Writing Workshop at Pacific Lutheran University. She lives in Redmond, Washington, with her family.

Heather Derr Smith is a poet and human rights activist and the author of four books of poetry, Each End of the World (Main Street Rag Press, 2005), The Bride Minaret (University of Akron Press, 2008), Tongue Screw (Spark Wheel Press, 2016), and Thrust winner of the Lexi Rudnitsky/Editor's Choice Award (Persea Books, 2017). She is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop and divides her time between Iowa and Sarajevo, Bosnia.

Molly Spencer’s poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Copper Nickel, Georgia Review, The Missouri Review poem of the week web feature, New England Review, Ploughshares, Poetry Northwest, and other journals. Her critical writing has appeared at Colorado Review, Kenyon Review Online, and The Rumpus. She holds an MFA from the Rainier Writing Workshop, and is a poetry editor at The Rumpus. Find her online at

Event date: 
Thursday, October 5, 2017 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
124 E. Washington St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
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ISBN: 9781597090292
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Published: Red Hen Press - April 27th, 2017

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ISBN: 9780892554867
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Published: Persea Books - October 10th, 2017