University of Richmond Poetry Festival: Reading with Anaïs Duplan, Tarfia Faizullah, and Peter LaBerge

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Weinstein Hall, Brown-Alley Room
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This spring, the English Department's Writers Series presents the University of Richmond Poetry Festival. The Festival highlights authors and poets whose unique voices will be part of the literary landscape for years to come. While they represent diverse perspectives, each writer tackles current social issues, such as race, sexuality, and the immigrant experience, from their own point of view, driven by their personal experience.

Anaïs Duplan is the author of Take This Stallion (2016). Her poems and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in Hyperallergic, [PANK], Birdfeast, Phantom Limb, The Journal, and others. She is the director of a performance collective called The Spacesuits and the organizer of The Center for Afrofuturist Studies, an artist residency program in Iowa City. She is an MFA candidate at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.

Poet, editor, and educator Tarfia Faizullah was born in Brooklyn, NY and raised in west Texas. She is the author of Seam (2014), as well as Register of Eliminated Villages, (forthcoming from Graywolf Press in 2017). Her poems appear in Poetry Magazine, Poetry Daily, Oxford American, Ploughshares, jubilat, Kenyon Review, New England Review, and elsewhere. She co-directs the Organic Weapon Arts Chapbook Press and Video Series with Jamaal May, and lives in Detroit, Mich.

Peter LaBerge is the author of the chapbooks Makeshift Cathedral (YesYes Books, 2017) and Hook (2015), recently included on the American Library Association's Over the Rainbow List. His work appears in Beloit Poetry Journal, Best New Poets 2014, Colorado Review, Indiana Review, Iowa Review, PleiadesSixth Finch, and Washington Square Review, among others. He is the recipient of a fellowship from the Bucknell University Stadler Center for Poetry and the founder and editor-in-chief of The Adroit Journal. He lives in Philadelphia, where he is an undergraduate student at the University of Pennsylvania.

Additional Festival events take place on April 4 and 5; learn more.

This year's Writers Series is supported, in part, by the Tucker-Boatwright Festival of Literature and the Arts.

Contact: Brian Henry