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Poetry at Literati: Molly Spencer

We welcome poet and Ford School of Public Policy Instructor Molly Spencer in support of her debut collection, If the house, winner of the 2019 Brittingham Prize judged by Carl Philips. Molly has invited special guests Donovan Hohn and Lena Khalaf Tuffaha to join her in reading. A signing will follow the reading. The event is free and open to the public. 

Molly Spencer's poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Blackbird, Copper NickelFIELD​, The Georgia ReviewGettysburg ReviewNew England ReviewPloughsharesPrairie Schooner, and other journals. Her critical writing has appeared at Colorado ReviewKenyon Review OnlineTupelo Quarterly, and The Rumpus. She holds an MPA from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University and an MFA from the Rainier Writing Workshop, and is a Poetry Editor at The Rumpus. Her collection, If the house, won the 2019 Brittingham Prize judged by Carl Phillips, and is forthcoming from the University of Wisconsin Press in October of 2019. A second collection, Relic and the Plum, won the 2019 Crab Orchard Open Competition judged by Allison Joseph, and will be out in September of 2020. Molly teaches at the University of Michigan's Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy. 

Donovan Hohn is the author of Moby-Duck: The True Story of 28,800 Bath Toys Lost at Sea, a New York Times Notable Book and runner-up for the PEN/John Kenneth Galbraith Award for Nonfiction. His essays have appeared in Harper's, The New York Times Magazine, The Virginia Quarterly Review, Lapham's Quarterly, and The New Republic, among other publications. A recipient of the Whiting Writer’s Award and an NEA Creative Writing Fellowship, Hohn has taught nonfiction in the MFA program of the University of Michigan and is now on the creative writing faculty of Wayne State University. His second book, The Inner Coast: Essays, will be published by W. W. Norton in 2020.

Lena Khalaf Tuffaha is a poet, essayist, and translator. She is the author of Water & Salt (Red Hen Press, 2017), winner of the 2018 Washington State Book Award for Poetry, and Arab in Newsland, winner of the 2016 Two Sylvias Chapbook Prize. She is the winner of the 2019 Robert Lawson Literary Prize and the grateful recipient of a 2019 Artist Trust Fellowship. Her poems have received Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net nominations, and have been published in journals including Blackbird, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, New England Review, and the Academy of American Poets’ Poem-A-Day feature. Her next chapbook, Letters from the Interior is forthcoming in 2019 from Diode Editions. More information is available at her web site www.lenakhalaftuffaha.com

 

Event date: 
Friday, November 1, 2019 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
124 E. Washington St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48104