WORLD-RENOWNED POETS COMING TO WINSTON-SALEM THIS WEEKEND
JACAR PRESS announces a one-of-a-kind experience happening this weekend – March 23-25 in Winston-Salem, with many events open to the public. With a group of world-renowned poets gathered into a stellar faculty, the 2018 Jacar Press Gathering of Poets offers a totally unique opportunity to see this group of poets together under one roof. While our poetry workshops are sold out, many events are open to the public and free or very inexpensive. Poets and poetry lovers in the area will be thrilled by powerful readings by diverse and talented voices.
About the Faculty
Lynn Emanuel received an MFA from the University of Iowa, an MA from City College of New York, and a BA from Bennington College. She is the author of five books of poetry: The Nerve of It: Poems New and Selected (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2015), winner of the 2016 Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize; Noose and Hook; Then, Suddenly, which was awarded the Eric Matthieu King Award from the Academy of American Poets; The Dig, which was selected by Gerald Stern for the National Poetry Series; and Hotel Fiesta. Her honors include two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and a fellowship from the Civitella Ranieri Foundation. Emanuel has taught at Bennington College, Vermont College, and Warren Wilson College, among others. She is currently a professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Pittsburgh
Patricia Spears Jones, winner of the $50,000 Jackson Prize for “exceptional talent” is a Brooklyn-based African American poet. Her most recent collection of poems, A Lucent Fire: New and Selected Poems, published by White Pine Press in 2015, was a finalist for the Poetry Society of America’s 2016 William Carlos Williams Prize, as well as for the Paterson Poetry Prize. Her earlier books include Painkiller, Femme du Monde, and The Weather That Kills. Previous honors include a 2016 Pushcart Prize, a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship, and awards from the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund, Goethe-Institut, the New York Foundation for the Arts, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, and the New York Community Trust.
Sandra Beasley is the author of Count the Waves; I Was the Jukebox, winner of the Barnard Women Poets Prize; and Theories of Falling, winner of the New Issues Poetry Prize. She is also the author of Don’t Kill the Birthday Girl: Tales from an Allergic Life, a memoir and cultural history of food allergy. Honors include a Literature Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts; the Center for Book Arts Chapbook Prize; distinguished writer residencies at Cornell College, Lenoir-Rhyne University, and the University of Mississippi; two DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities Artist Fellowships; and the Maureen Egen Exchange Award from Poets & Writers. Her prose has appeared in such venues as The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Oxford American. She lives in Washington, D.C., and teaches as part of the University of Tampa’s low-residency MFA program.
Zeina Hashem Beck, a Lebanese poet traveling to us from Dubai, won the 2016 May Sarton New Hampshire Poetry Prize for her second full-length collection, Louder than Hearts, about which Naomi Shihab Nye wrote, “Everything Arabic we treasure comes alive in these poems. Readers will feel restored to so many homes, revived, amazed. Zeina Hashem Beck writes with a brilliant, absolutely essential voice.” Zeina is also the author of two 2016 chapbooks: 3arabi Song, selected from 1720 manuscripts as winner of the 2016 Rattle Chapbook Prize, and There Was and How Much There Was, chosen by Carol Ann Duffy, Zeina’s first book, To Live in Autumn, centered on Beirut, won the 2013 Backwaters Prize and was a runner-up for the 2014 Julie Suk Award. Her work has won Best of the Net and been featured on Poetry Daily and Inpress Books’s Poem of the Week, and has appeared widely in literary magazines, among which are Ploughshares, Poetry, World Literature Today, River Styx, Boulevard, Ambit, and Poetry Northwest.
Gary Fincke, is a Winner of the Bess Hokin Prize from Poetry magazine (other winners include Adrienne Rich, W.S. Merwin, Claudia Rankine, Billy Collins) and author of 13 books of poetry, most recently, Bringing Back the Bones: New and Selected Poems. His collection After the Three-Moon Era was selected by Chana Bloch as the 2015 Jacar Press full-length poetry winner. He publishes in such journals as The Southern Review, The Gettysburg Review, New England Review, and Ploughshares.
Maggie Anderson’s most recent collection of poems, Dear All, was published by Four Way Books in 2017. She is the author of four previous books of poetry, including Windfall: New and Selected Poems, A Space Filled with Moving, and Cold Comfort. Anderson has also co-edited several thematic anthologies, including A Gathering of Poets, a collection of poems read at the 20th anniversary commemoration of the shootings at Kent State University in 1970, as well as Learning by Heart: Contemporary American Poetry about School and After the Bell: Contemporary American Prose about School. Her awards include two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, fellowships from the Ohio, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania Councils on the Arts, and the Ohioana Library Award for contributions to the literary arts in Ohio. The founding director of the Wick Poetry Center and of the Wick Poetry Series of the Kent State University Press, Anderson is Professor Emerita of English at Kent State University and now lives in Asheville, North Carolina.
List of Public Events:
Friday, March 23, 8:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. Meet & Greet the Poets at The Historic Brookstown Inn downstairs in the Cotton Mill Lounge at 8pm, with an informal reading by the faculty. Cash bar/wine and warm cookies will be available.
Saturday, March 24, 4:15pm-5:15pm: Formal faculty reading. The Historic Brookstown Inn, The Grand Ballroom
Saturday, March 24, 8:00pm-9:30pm Open mic, free and open to the public. The Historic Brookstown Inn, Cotton Mill Lounge
Sunday morning, March 25, 9am-10:30am, Workshop led by Zeina Hashem Beck on contemporary Arab poets in translation. Open to the public. $10 to conference participants, $20 public. The Historic Brookstown Inn, Boardroom.