We are delighted to host an afternoon of poetry with three outstanding writers; Ananda Lima, Faisal Mohyuddin, and K.C. Trommer. Join us for refreshments, conversation, and some of the best poetry being written in America today. This event is free and open to the public.
About Our Guest Poets:
Ananda Lima's is a writer and photographer whose work has appeared or is upcoming in The American Poetry Review, The Academy of American Poets’ Poets.org, The Kenyon Review Online, Colorado Review, Rattle, The Common, Hayden’s Ferry and elsewhere. Her chapbook Translation (Paper Nautilus, 2019) won the 2018 Vella Chapbook Contest. She served as the poetry judge for the 2019 AWP Kurt Brown Prize. She has an MA in Linguistics from UCLA and an MFA in Fiction from Rutgers University, Newark. She has taught at UCLA, Montclair State University, Rutgers University and was a mentor in the NYFA Immigrant Artist – Newark and the Adroit Journal Mentorship programs. Read samples of her work here.
Faisal Mohyuddin is a writer, artist, and educator from Chicago, Illinois. He is the author of The Displaced Children of Displaced Children (Eyewear Publishing, 2018), winner of the 2017 Sexton Prize in Poetry and a 2018 Summer Recommendation of the Poetry Book Society. Also the author of the chapbook The Riddle of Longing (Backbone Press, 2017), he is the recipient of Prairie Schooner's Edward Stanley Award, a Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Prize, and an Illinois Arts Council Literary Award. His work appears in The Forward Book of Poetry 2019, Prairie Schooner, the Missouri Review, wildness, Narrative, Crab Orchard Review, Poet Lore, RHINO, Tinderbox, Chicago Quarterly Review, Atlanta Review, and elsewhere. An alumnus of the U.S. Department of State's Fulbright Teachers for Global Classrooms program, Faisal is a graduate of Carleton College, Northwestern University, and Columbia College Chicago. He teaches English at Highland Park High School in Illinois, serves as an educator adviser to the global not-for-profit Narrative 4, and lives with his family in Chicago. You can read some of his poems here.
K C Trommer is the author of We Call Them Beautiful (Diode Editions, 2019) as well as the chapbook The Hasp Tongue (dancing girl press, 2014). A graduate of the MFA program at The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, KC has been the recipient of an Academy of American Poets Prize and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Her poem "Fear Not, Mary" won the 2015 Fugue Poetry Prize, judged by Kevin Prufer. Her poems have appeared in AGNI, The Antioch Review, Blackbird, The Common, Diode, LitHub, The Sycamore Review, Poetry Daily, Prairie Schooner, Poetry East, as well as in the anthologies Resist Much, Obey Little; All We Can Hold; Bared; and Who Will Speak for America? Her essays have appeared in VIDA Review, LitHub, and in the anthology Oh, Baby! True Stories About Conception, Adoption, Surrogacy, Pregnancy, Labor, and Love, (Creative Nonfiction, 2015).
K C has taught writing at Poets House, Catapult, the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; Bard High School Early College, Queens; and the University of Pennsylvania.
KC studied collage and painting at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, School for Visual Arts, and Parsons. Her collage work has been featured in group and solo shows in Ann Arbor and New York City. She is the Assistant Director of Communications at NYU Gallatin and lives in Jackson Heights, Queens, with her son. Discover more at https://www.kctrommer.com.