Poetry Reading w/ Ryan Eckes, Alexis Almeida, & Marwa Helal
Please join us for a POETRY READING featuring Ryan Eckes, Alexis Almeida, & Marwa Helal!
Ryan Eckes is a poet from Philadelphia. His latest book, General Motors (Split Lip Press, 2018), is about labor and the influence of public and private transportation on city life. Other books include Valu-Plus and Old News (Furniture Press 2014, 2011). His poetry can be found in Tripwire, Slow Poetry in America Newsletter, Entropy and elsewhere. In recent years he has worked as an adjunct professor and labor organizer in education. He won a Pew Fellowship in 2016.
Alexis Almeida grew up in Chicago. She is the author of I Have Never Been Able to Sing (UDP, 2018), and the translator of several books, including Marina Yuszczuk's Single Mother (Spork, 2019), and Dalia Rosetti's Dreams and Nightmares (Les Figues, 2019). She teaches in the Language and Thinking Program at Bard College, and at the Bard microcollege at the Brooklyn Public Library. She lives in Brooklyn, where she runs 18 Owls Press.
Marwa Helal is a poet and journalist. Her work appears in Apogee, Hyperallergic, Poets & Writers and elsewhere. She is the author of I AM MADE TO LEAVE I AM MADE TO RETURN (ND/SA, 2017) and Invasive species (Nightboat Books, 2019). Helal is the winner of BOMB Magazine’s Biennial 2016 Poetry Contest and has been awarded fellowships from Poets House, Brooklyn Poets, and Cave Canem. She has presented her work at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), the Studio Museum in Harlem and Brooklyn Museum. Born in Al Mansurah, Egypt, Helal currently lives in Brooklyn, New York.
This event is co-sponsored by the University of Pennsylvania's Middle East Center.
Saturday, February 16, 2019 - 2:30pm to 4:00pm
Penn Book Center
130 S. 34th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
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