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Friday, 20 March 2015

Tonight! Four American Poets: Cyrus Cassells, Mark Wunderlich, Charif Shanahan, and Virginia Konchan

Please join us tonight at 7 p.m for an evening of wine and poetry, featuring four American poets, emerging and established: Cyrus Cassells, Mark Wunderlich, Charif Shanahan, and Virginia Konchan. They will be reading from their work, and their most recent books will be for sale after the reading.

About the readers:

Cyrus Cassells is the author of five acclaimed books of poetry: The Mud Actor, Soul Make a Path through Shouting, Beautiful Signor, More Than Peace and Cypresses, and The Crossed-Out Swastika. His sixth book, The Gospel according to Wild Indigo: New & Selected Poems, is forthcoming. Among his honors are a Lannan Literary Award, a William Carlos Williams Award, a Pushcart Prize, two NEA grants, and a Lambda Literary Award. He is a Professor of English at Texas State University.

Mark Wunderlich is the author of three collections of poems, the most recent of which is The Earth Avails, published by Graywolf Press, and which received the 2015 Rilke Prize. His other collections include Voluntary Servitude, and The Anchorage which received the Lambda Literary Award. He has published poems, essays, reviews and translations in journals such as Slate, the Paris Review, Poetry, Boston Review, the New Republic and elsewhere, and his works has been widely anthologized. He teaches writing and literature at Bennington College in Vermont and lives in New York's Hudson Valley. More information can be found at www.markwunderlich.com.

Charif Shanahan is the Programs Director of the Poetry Society of America. A Cave Canem fellow, Charif studied poetry at Princeton University, Dartmouth College, and New York University, where he earned his MFA. The recipient of an Academy of American Poets Prize and a semi-finalist for the "Discovery"/Boston Review Poetry Prize, his poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The New Republic, Prairie Schooner, Barrow Street, Apogee,Phantom Limb, The Manhattanville Review, and elsewhere. He is also the poetry editor of Psychology Tomorrow Magazine.


Virginia Konchan is the author of Vox Populi (Finishing Line Press). Her poems have appeared in The New Yorker, Best New Poets, The Believer, The New Republic, and Verse, her criticism in Boston Review, Colorado Review, and Jacket2, and her French translations in Asymptote and Circumfrences Co.-founder of Matter, a journal of poetry and political commentary, she lives in Montreal.

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