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Painting That Speaks: On Poetry

As Simonides of Ceos said and Plutarch noted in De gloria Atheniensium, “Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting that speaks.” Three anticipated collections, The Voyage of the Sable Venus by Robin Coste LewisHeaven by Rowan Ricardo Phillips, and One Morning— by Rebecca Wolff, offer many answers or none at all on art, pop and high culture, beauty, the divine, and the every day. These three acclaimed authors discuss their new books, moderated by Molly Rose Quinn (Housing Works Bookstore Cafe).

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Robin Coste Lewis

Lewis_cover_webRobin Coste Lewis is a Provost’s Fellow in Poetry and Visual Studies at the University of Southern California. She is also a Cave Canem fellow and a fellow of the Los Angeles Institute for the Humanities. She received her MFA in poetry from NYU, and an MTS in Sanskrit and comparative religious literature from the Divinity School at Harvard University. A finalist for the Rita Dove Poetry Award, she has published her work in various journals and anthologies, including The Massachusetts Review, Callaloo, The Harvard Gay & Lesbian Review, Transition: Women in Literary Arts, VIDA, Phantom Limb, and Lambda Literary Review, among others. She has taught at Wheaton College, Hunter College, Hampshire College, and the NYU Low-Residency MFA in Paris. Lewis was born in Compton, California; her family is from New Orleans. Website - Facebook - Twitter
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Rowan Ricardo Phillips

Phillips_cover_webRowan Ricardo Phillips is the author of Heaven (FSG, 2015) and The Ground (FSG, 2012). He is the winner of a Whiting Writers’ Award, the PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award, the GLCA New Writers Award for Poetry, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. He lives in New York City. Website - Twitter   Rowan Ricardo Phillips will give a Pop-Up Reading at 4pm in Northwest Art (Main Building, 3rd Floor).
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Rebecca Wolff

Wolff_cover_webRebecca Wolff is the author of four collections of poetry, one novel, and numerous pieces of occasional prose. Her first book, Manderley, was selected for the National Poetry Series by Robert Pinsky. Her second, Figment, was selected for the Barnard Women Poets Prize by Claudia Rankine and Eavan Boland. Her third, The King, was published by W. W. Norton in 2009. Her novel The Beginners was published by Riverhead in 2011. Her latest collection, One Morning—, is forthcoming from Wave Books in September of 2015. She is a graduate of the Iowa Writers Workshop and has been a fellow at the MacDowell Colony and the Millay Colony for the Arts. In 1998, Wolff founded the influential literary journal Fence; in 2001 she founded Fence Books and launched The Constant Critic website. Wolff lives in Hudson, New York, and is currently a fellow at the New York State Writers Institute at the University at Albany. Facebook
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