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Clockwise from top left: M.E. Silverman, Carol Davis, Colleen McKee, Peter Serchuk

READINGS AND TALKS

Celebrating Contemporary Jewish American Poetry

Sunday, April 27, 2:00 p.m.

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ADMISSION

  • FREE

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ABOUT THE PROGRAM

In honor of National Poetry Month, listen as some of the country’s most distinguished poets read selections from The Bloomsbury Anthology of Contemporary Jewish American Poetry, a collection that celebrates writers born after World War II who write about Jewish themes.

Readers include Carol V. Davis, Colleen McKee, Peter Serchuk, Patty SeyburnCarine Topal, and anthology co-editor M.E. Silverman.

A Q&A and book signing follow the program.

ABOUT THE POETS

Carol V. Davis is the author of Between Storms (Truman State University Press, 2012). She won the 2007 T.S. Eliot Prize for her book Into the Arms of Pushkin: Poems of St. Petersburg. Her poems have been published in Tikkun, Ploughshares, Mid-American Review, Bellingham Review, and the Jewish Journal, among others. She was twice a Fulbright scholar in Russia and currently teaches at Santa Monica College.


Colleen McKee is co-editor of an anthology of personal narratives titled Are We Feeling Better Yet? Women Speak About Health Care in America (PenUltimate). She is also the author of three collections of memoir, fiction, and poetry. Her most recent book is Nine Kinds of Wrong. She teaches at the Academy of Art in San Francisco.


Peter Serchuk’s work has appeared in a variety of journals including Boulevard, Poetry, American Poetry Review, Paris Review, Denver Quarterly, North American Review, Texas Review, andSouth Carolina Review. He is the author of two collections, Waiting for Poppa at the Smithtown Diner (University of Illinois Press) and All That Remains (WordTech Editions). He lives in Los Angeles.


Patty Seyburn has published three books of poems: Hilarity (New Issues Press, 2009), Mechanical Cluster (Ohio State University Press, 2002), and Diasporadic (Helicon Nine Editions, 1998). Her fourth collection, Perfecta, is forthcoming from What Books Press in 2014. She is an Associate Professor at California State University, Long Beach, and co-editor of POOL: A Journal of Poetry.


Carine Topal’s first collection of poetry, God As Thief, was published by Amagansett Press. In 2004 she was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Her third collection of poetry, In the Heaven of Never Before, was published in 2008 by Moon Tide Press. She writes and teaches in Los Angeles and the surrounding desert area.


M. E. Silverman is editor and founder of Blue Lyra Review and Review Editor of Museum of Americana. He is on the board of the literary magazine 32 Poems. His poetry has appeared in numerous journals, including Crab Orchard Review, Chicago Quarterly Review, North Chicago Review, and Tapestry. His chapbook The Breath Before Birds Fly is available on ELJ Press. He edited Bloomsbury’s Anthology of Contemporary Jewish American Poetry with Deborah Ager and is currently working on another poetry anthology about the Holocaust.

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