University of Richmond Poetry Festival: Reading with Chen Chen and Camile Rankine

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.

Chen Chen is the author of When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities, winner of the A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize and forthcoming in 2017 from BOA Editions. A Kundiman and Lambda Literary Fellow, Chen has published two chapbooks (Kissing the Sphinx and Setting the Garden on Fire) as well as poems in such places as Poetry, Buzzfeed, The Massachusetts Review, and The Best American Poetry. Chen has worked with several journals, including Iron Horse, Gabby, Underblong, and Salt Hill. He received his B.A. from Hampshire College and his M.F.A. from Syracuse University.

Camille Rankine's first full-length collection of poetry, Incorrect Merciful Impulses was published in January 2016. She is also the author of the chapbook Slow Dance with Trip Wire, selected by Cornelius Eady for the Poetry Society of America's 2010 New York Chapbook Fellowship. She was featured as an emerging poet in the fall 2010 issue of American Poet and the April 2011 issue of O, The Oprah Magazine. Her poetry has appeared in numerous journals, including American Poet, The Baffler, Boston Review, Denver Quarterly, Indiana Review, Narrative, Paper Darts, A Public Space, and Tin House. Camille is a visiting professor at University of Massachusetts Amherst's MFA for Poets and Writers, and lives in New York City.

Additional Festival events take place on April 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