5pm Sunday August 12th
eighth street taproom, downtown Lawrence, KS
Join us in welcoming visiting poets Marina Blitshteyn and Samantha Zighelboim, both with brand new books from Argos Books, and returning Kansas poet Brett Salsbury. As always, we'll begin the reading with a community open mic.
Born in the Soviet Union, Marina Blitshteyn and her family fled to the U.S. in 1991 as refugees. She studied English at SUNY Buffalo, where she edited the longstanding annual Name poetry journal; and Creative Writing at Columbia University, where she also served as a University Writing Fellow and consultant. Prior chapbooks include Russian for Lovers (Argos Books), $kill$ (dancing girl press), Nothing Personal (Bone Bouquet Books), and the forthcoming Sheet Music (Sunnyoutside Press). She teaches Composition and Rhetoric and experimental nonfiction, and occasionally runs The Loose Literary Canons, a feminist reading group in NYC.
Samantha Zighelboim is a 2017 NYFA/NYSCA Fellow in Poetry, a recipient of a Face Out grant from CLMP, and the co-recipient of the 2016 John Frederick Nims Memorial Prize in Translation from The Poetry Foundation. Her poems and translations have appeared in POETRY, Boston Review, The Guardian (as part of Asymptote’s ‘Translation Tuesday’ series), PEN Poetry Series, Stonecutter, Fanzine, Public Pool, Sixth Finch, Bone Bouquet, and Springhouse, among others. She lives in New York City, and teaches creative writing and literature at Rutgers University and The New School.
Brett Salsbury is a Kansan poet beginning his PhD studies at KU this Fall. His creative work has most recently appeared in Causeway Lit, The Poet's Billow, and Posit. In 2017, he served as a writer-in-residence with Sundress Academy for the Arts. He is also a contributing editor for Helen: A Literary Magazine in Las Vegas, Nevada, where he recently lived for five years while completing his MFA at UNLV and working at a museum of retired casino signs.