Poetry Reading w/ CAConrad & Raquel Salas Rivera

Please join us for a poetry reading w/ CAConrad & Raquel Salas Rivera!

CACONRAD received a 2019 Creative Capital grant and has also received a Pew Fellowship in the Arts, as well as The Believer Magazine Book Award and The Gil Ott Book Award. The author of 9 books of poetry and essays, While Standing in Line for Death (Wave Books) won the 2018 Lambda Book Award. They teach at Columbia University in NYC, and Sandberg Art Institute in Amsterdam and is online at http://bit.ly/88CAConrad (Photo: Jo Mariner)

Of WHILE STANDING IN LINE FOR DEATH, Tracy K. Smith wrote: "CAConrad's poems invite the reader to become an agent in a joint act of recovery, to step outside of passivity and propriety and to become susceptible to the illogical and the mysterious."

RAQUEL SALAS RIVERA (Mayagüez, 1985) Poeta, traductora y crítica literaria puertorriqueña. Es la Poeta Laureada de la ciudad de Filadelfia del 2018-19. Fue la recipiente inaugural del Premio Ambroggio y la Beca de Laureada, ambos de la Academia de Poetas Americanos. También recibió becas del Instituto Sundance, el Centro Kimmel para las Artes Performáticas, el Centro de Poesía de Arizona y CantoMundo. Del 2016-2018, sirvió de co-editora para la revista literaria The Wanderer. En el 2017, co-editó una serie bilingüe de volantes de poetas puertorriqueños contemporáneos que luego se convirtieron en la antología Puerto Rico en mi corazón. Cuenta con la publicación de siete plaquetas y cuatro poemarios. Sus primeros dos libros, Caneca de anhelos turbios (Editora Educación Emergente) y tierra intermitente/intermittent land (Ediciones Alayubia), fueron publicados en Puerto Rico. Su tercer libro, lo terciario/the tertiary, fue finalista para el Premio Nacional del Libro del 2018 y ganó el Premio Literario Lambda a una obra de poesía transgénero del 2018. Su cuarto poemario, while they sleep (under the bed is another country), fue publicado por por Birds, LLC en el 2019. Recibió su Doctorado en Literatura Comparada y Teoría Literaria de la Universidad de Pensilvania. Raquel ama y vive por Puerto Rico, Filadelfia y un mundo libre de la supremacía blanca.

RAQUEL SALAS RIVERA (Mayagüez, 1985) is a Puerto Rican poet, translator, and literary critic. They are the 2018-19 Poet Laureate of Philadelphia and the inaugural recipient of the Ambroggio Prize and the Laureate Fellowship, both from the Academy of American Poets. They have received fellowships and residencies from the Sundance Institute, the Kimmel Center for Performing Arts, the Arizona Poetry Center, and CantoMundo. From 2016-2018, they co-edited the literary journal The Wanderer. In 2017, they co-edited a series of bilingual broadsides of contemporary Puerto Rican poets, which later became the anthology Puerto Rico en mi corazón. They are also the author of seven chapbooks and four full-length poetry books. Their first two books, Caneca de anhelos turbios (Editora Educación Emergente) and tierra intermitente/intermittent land (Ediciones Alayubia), were published in Puerto Rico. Their third book, lo terciario/the tertiary, was on the 2018 National Book Award Longlist and won the 2018 Lambda Literary Award for Transgender Poetry. Their fourth book, while they sleep (under the bed is another country), was published by Birds, LLC in 2019. They received their Ph.D. in Comparative Literature and Literary Theory from the University of Pennsylvania. Raquel loves and lives for Puerto Rico, Philadelphia, and a world free of white supremacy.

Of WHILE THEY SLEEP (UNDER THE BED IS ANOTHER COUNTRY), Fred Moten wrote: “Of an impossible dialogue, bilingual, bilinear, biomythic, the entirely human strain of the inhumane. Impossible because who is this emptiness to which they addresses themself, from which terror flows like blood, but bloodlessly and cold? Comatose empire, sleep stomping all and everywhere while woke to its own danger, which is when we talk to us. Out of the impossible, writing the endless lines of the disaster, Raquel Salas Rivera has been talking to us all along.”

**FILL THE NIGHT W/ POETRY: Before coming out to PBC to hear CAConrad & Raquel Salas Rivera, head over to the Tyler School of Art (Temple University) at 5:00 pm to hear Urayoán Noel! There's time for everything!**

Event date: 
Thursday, September 12, 2019 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm
Event address: 
Penn Book Center
130 S. 34th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19104
While Standing in Line for Death Cover Image
ISBN: 9781940696553
Availability: Available to Ship
Published: Wave Books - September 5th, 2017

While They Sleep (Under the Bed Is Another Country) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780991429844
Availability: Available to Ship
Published: Birds - June 4th, 2019