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AWP Off-site Event: Wrolstad Poets Reading

  • Lagunitas Portland Community Room 237 NE BROADWAY, SUITE 300 Portland, OR 97232 (map)

Join us Friday evening after the bookfair at the Lagunitas Portland Community Room for a celebration of our Wrolstad Contemporary Poetry Series!

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Readings by:

Wendy Chen


Wendy Chen is the recipient of the Academy of American Poets Most Promising Young Poet Prize, and fellowships from the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts and the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund. Her work has been accepted in numerous publications such as Crazyhorse, Rattle, American Poets, and Hayden’s Ferry Review. She earned her MFA in poetry from Syracuse University. She is currently co-founder and editor for Figure 1.

Megan Levad

(Why We Live in the Dark Ages and What Have I to Say to You)

Megan Levad's poems have appeared in Tin House, Fence, Denver Quarterly, Mantis, the Everyman’s Library anthology Killer Verse, and London art and fashion magazine AnOther. She also writes lyrics for composers Tucker Fuller and Kristin Kuster. A native of rural Iowa, Megan lives, teaches, and writes in New Mexico.

Ruth Madievsky

(Emergency Brake)

Ruth Madievsky was born in Moldova and currently lives in Boston. Her work has appeared in Blackbird, Gulf Coast, Prairie Schooner, Rattle, West Branch, ZYZZYVA, and elsewhere. Madievsky was a 2015 Tin House Scholar in Poetry and is a chapbook reader for Gold Line Press. When she is not writing, she works as an HIV and oncology pharmacist.

Elsbeth Pancrazi

(Full Body Pleasure Suit)

Elsbeth Pancrazi studied poetry at Vassar College and New York University. She has been recognized as a Poets House Fellow and an artist-in-residence at Caldera Arts in Sisters, Oregon. Her writing has appeared in A Public Space; Best New Poets 2013, BOMBlog, Forklift, Ohio; H_ngm_n, and Sixth Finch. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Plus: beer, pizza, and a special chapbook-anthology compiling the poets’ newest work.

About the Wrolstad Series:
The Wrolstad Contemporary Poetry Series exists to champion exceptional literary works by young women poets through book publication in The Living Library, the Tavern Books catalog of innovative poets ranging from first-time authors and neglected masters to Pulitzer Prize winners and Nobel Laureates. Once a year, we invite submissions of new poetry collections from women 40 years of age or younger, regardless of publication history. The Series honors the life and work of Greta Wrolstad (1981-2005), author of Night is Simply a Shadow (2013) and Notes on Sea & Shore (2010).

Read more here.