October 12th: Poetry from Christina Cook, Julia Bloch & Fiona Sze-Lorrain


Join us as we welcome Christina Cook, Julia Bloch and Fiona Sze-Lorrain for an evening of poetry.

Julia Bloch's book of prose poems, Letters to Kelly Clarkson, was a finalist for the 2013 Lambda Literary Award, her second book of poetry, Valley Fever, appeared in April 2015; and her chapbooks include Hollywood Forever (Little Red Leaves Textile Series) and Like Fur (Essay Press). She is coeditor of the international poetics journal Jacket2. From 2011 to 2013 she served as assistant professor of literature at the Bard College MAT Program in Delano, California. From 2013 to 2015 she was associate director of the Kelly Writers House. She now directs the Creative Writing Program at Penn.

Christina Cook is the author of A Strange Insomnia (Aldrich Press, 2016), Ricochet (Casa de Cinco Hermanas Press, 2016), and Lake Effect (Finishing Line Press), which won the 2012 Jean Pedrick Chapbook Prize. Her poems, translations, essays, and book reviews have appeared in numerous journals, including Prairie Schooner, New Ohio Review, Crab Orchard Review, and Hayden’s Ferry Review. She works as a writer at the University of Pennsylvania’s Office of Communications.

Fiona Sze-Lorrain writes and translates in English, French, and Chinese. Her most recent collection of poems, The Ruined Elegance (2016), is published by Princeton University Press in the Princeton Series of Contemporary Poets and is a finalist for the 2016 L.A. Times Book Prize for Poetry. The author of two previous collections, My Funeral Gondola (2013) and Water the Moon (2010), as well as several translations of contemporary Chinese, French, and American poets, she is a zheng harpist and an editor at Vif Éditions.

Event date: 
Wednesday, October 12, 2016 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Event address: 
Penn Book Center
130 S. 34th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104