Hosted by Matthew Yeager and John Deming
The KGB Bar Monday Night Poetry Series debuts tonight with readings from Erin Belieu and Brenda Shaughnessy.
ERIN BELIEU was born and raised in Nebraska. Her first book, Infanta (1995), was a winner of the Nationa Poetry Series and named a best book of the year by The Washington Post and Library Journal. Her second collection, One Above & One Below, was the winner of the Midland Authors Prize in poetry and the Ohioana prize, and her most recent collection, Black Box, was a finalist in 2007 for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. She is presently Director of the Graduate Creative Writing Program at Florida State University. With Cate Marvin, she is the co-founder and co-director of VIDA, a literary organization that seeks to explore critical and cultural perceptions of writing by women through meaningful conversation and the exchange of ideas among existing and emerging literary communities.
BRENDA SHAUGHNESSY is the author of Our Andromeda, brand new this Fall from Copper Canyon. Her earlier books are Interior with Sudden Joy (1999), which was nominated for the PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award for Poetry, a Lambda Literary Award, and the Norma Farber First Book Award, and Human Dark with Sugar (2008), winner of the James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets. Her work has appeared in the Yale Review, the Boston Review, McSweeney’s, and the Best American Poetry. Shaughnessy is the recipient of a Bunting Fellowship at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, and a Japan/U.S. Friendship Commission Artist Fellowship. The poetry editor at Tin House magazine, she currently teaches creative writing at Princeton University and Eugene Lang College at the New School.
Here is the full fall schedule: