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Rachel McKibbens & Airea D. Matthews

Housing Works Bookstore Cafe
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​Village of Crickets presents...
Brazen Text & The Femme Electric:
A Reading and conversation with ​Rachel McKibbens & Airea D. Matthews.

Rachel ​McKibbens will read from her ​forthcoming​ book of poetry, BLUD ​(Copper Canyon Press, Oct 2017)​ and Airea D. Matthews ​will read from​ her recently published first book of poetry, Simulacra (Yale University Press, March 2017).

Followed by a conversation about language, craft, healing, and incantation.

Rachel McKibbens is a two-time New York Foundation for the Arts poetry fellow and author of three full-length books of poetry, blud, Into The Dark & Emptying Field, and Pink Elephant as well as the chapbook MAMMOTH. For four years McKibbens taught poetry through the Healing Arts Program at Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan and continues to teach poetry and creative writing and give lectures across the country as an advocate for mental health awareness, gender-equality and victims of violence and domestic abuse. In 2012, McKibbens founded The Pink Door Writing Retreat, an annual retreat in the US open exclusively to women / trans / non-binary writers of color. McKibbens is a member of Latinas Unidas and co-curates the critically acclaimed reading series Poetry & Pie Night in upstate New York.

Airea D. Matthews’s first collection of poems, Simulacra, recipient of the 2016 Yale Series of Younger Poets Award, has received praise from outlets including The New Yorker and The Washington Post. Her work has appeared in Best American Poets 2015, American Poet, Four Way Review, The Indiana Review, and Michigan Quarterly Review, and elsewhere. She received the 2016 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award and was awarded the Louis Untermeyer Scholarship in Poetry from the 2016 Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. She received her B.A. in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania, her M.P.A. from the University of Michigan Ford School of Public Policy, and her M.F.A. from the University of Michigan Helen Zell Writers’ Program. Ms. Matthews is working on her second poetry collection, under/class, which explores poverty. She is an assistant professor at Bryn Mawr College.

Event sponsored by Adelphi University MFA in Creative Writing​.