WTAW-NYC Presents Acclaimed Authors April 2, 2017

Join WTAW-NYC on Sunday, April 2, 2017, at the Bowery Poetry Club for readings by the following acclaimed authors. Doors open at 5:45 pm; readings begin at 6:00 sharp. $10.00 at the door or $8 in advance. Tickets available here.

Christopher Bram is the author of twelve books, including the novel that became the movie Gods and Monsters starring Ian McKellan. His most recent book is The Art of History from Graywolf Press. He lives in New York and teaches at the Gallatin School of New York University.

Jennifer Franklin poetJennifer Franklin‘s poetry poems debuted in the Paris Review’s “Ten New Poets” issue in 1996. Her first full-length collection, Looming, won the 14th Annual Editor’s Prize from Elixir Press and was published in April 2015. Her poetry has appeared widely in anthologies, literary magazines, and journals such as Antioch Review, Boston Review, Gettysburg Review, Guernica, The Nation, New England Review, Pequod, “poem-a-day” on poets.org, Poetry DailySalmagundi, Southwest Review, Western Humanities Review. Her chapbook Persephone’s Ransom was published in September 2011. Her work has been translated into Romanian and Portuguese. A selection of her poetry is featured in Andrew Solomon’s award winning book, Far From the Tree. Jennifer Franklin is co-editor of Slapering Hol Press, the small press imprint of The Hudson Valley Writers Center. She teaches poetry workshops and seminars at The Hudson Valley Writers Center.

Howard LevyHoward Levy is the author of Spooky Action at a Distance and A Day This Lit and the editor of the anthology, Letters Stacked to be Mailed. His poetry has also appeared in Poetry, The Paris Review, American Poetry Review, ThreePenny Review, and The Gettysburg Review. He was awarded a New York State Creative Artists Public Service Grant in Poetry, and earlier was a finalist in the 92nd St. Y Poetry Center’s Discovery Award. He has been a faculty member at Frost Place and has taught in museums across New York City and New York State, particularly The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art.

Masini, DonnaDonna Masini’s third book of poems, 4:30 Movie, is forthcoming (W.W. Norton and Co., 2018). She is the author of Turning to Fiction (W.W. Norton and Co., 2004), That Kind of Danger (Beacon Press, 1994), and the novel About Yvonne (W.W. Norton and Co, 1998). Her work has appeared in journals and anthologies including Poetry, Ploughshares, American Poetry Review, Open City, The Paris Review, Parnassus, Pushcart Prize, Brooklyn Poets (forthcoming), and Best American Poetry 2015. A recipient of a NEA and a NYFA, she is a Professor of English at Hunter College, where she teaches in the MFA Creative Writing program. She is at work on a novel, “The Good Enough Mother.”

Patrick PhillipsPatrick Phillips‘ first book of nonfiction, Blood at the Root: A Racial Cleansing in America, was published by W. W. Norton in September, 2016. He is also is the author of three books of poems, including Chattahoochee, which won the Kate Tufts Discovery Award, and Elegy for a Broken Machine, which was a finalist for the National Book Award. Among his other honors are Guggenheim and NEA Fellowships, a Pushcart Prize, and the Lyric Poetry Award from the Poetry Society of America. Phillips lives in Brooklyn and teaches at Drew University.

Martha RhodesMartha Rhodes is the author of five poetry collections, most recently The Thin Wall from University of Pittsburgh Press (March 2017). She teaches at the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College and at Sarah Lawrence College and runs the annual Conference on Poetry at the Frost Place in Franconia, NH. She is the director of Four Way Books.

Why There Are Words–NYC is a new branch of the award-winning Bay Area reading series directed by founder Peg Alford Pursell, and takes place the first Sundays of each month. The series is  affiliated with the independent press, WTAW Press, a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit. WTAW-NYC is curated by poet and NYU Professor Michael Collins.