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Poetry Reading: Valerie Wallace & Shevaun Brannigan

Penn Book Center
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Philadelphia Book Launch for HOUSE OF MCQUEEN! Valerie Wallace is joined by poet Shevaun Brannigan at the beautiful Penn Book Center.

Valerie Wallace's debut poetry collection House of McQueen is just out from Four Way Books, chosen by Vievee Francis for the Four Way Books Intro Prize in Poetry. In their starred review Publishers Weekly said that Wallace created "...a literary seance...serving as a scholar of and medium for the late iconic fashion designer Alexander McQueen...." Her work was chosen by Margaret Atwood for the 2012 Atty Award, and she has received an Illinois Arts Council Literary Award and the San Miguel de Allende Writers Conference Award in Poetry. Earning her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, she now is the Associate Director of Communications for the project Virtue, Happiness, & the Meaning of Life at the University of Chicago and teaches courses and workshops throughout the Chicago area.

Shevaun Brannigan is a graduate of the Bennington Writing Seminars, as well as The Jimenez-Porter Writers’ House at The University of Maryland. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in such journals as Best New Poets 2012, Rhino, Washington Square Review, and Crab Orchard Review. She is the first place recipient of the 2015 Jan-ai Scholarship through the Winter Poetry and Prose Getaway. Her favorite poetry gig is the workshop she leads at her local Domestic Violence Shelter, and her work can be found at shevaunbrannigan.wordpress.com.