COUPLET Quarterly Poetry Reading Series and Social: Poetry Month Edition

COUPLET is a quarterly reading series, produced, curated, and hosted by poet Leah Umansky. It features emerging and established poets and is co-hosted by The Red Room. 

Readers include Martha Collins, Laura Cronk, Rebecca Morgan Frank, Nathan McClain, Aimee Nezhukumatahil, and Elizabeth Lindsey Rogers. 

Martha Collinss tenth book of poetry, Because What Else Could I Do (Pittsburgh, 2019), won the Poetry Society of America’s William Carlos Williams Award. Previous books include Blue Front, White Papers, Admit One: An American Scrapbook, and the paired volumes Day Unto Day and Night Unto Night. Collins has also published four volumes of co-translated Vietnamese poetry and co-edited a number of volumes, including, with Kevin Prufer, Into English: Poems, Translations, Commentaries. She founded the U.Mass.-Boston creative writing program, and later served as Pauline Delaney Professor of Creative Writing at Oberlin College.

Laura Cronk is the author of two books of poems, Ghost Hour and Having Been an Accomplice from Persea Books. She is the chair of undergraduate writing at The New School in New York City where she teaches courses on pedagogy and creative practice.

Rebecca Morgan Frank's fourth collection of poems is Oh You Robot Saints! (Carnegie Mellon 2021). Her poems have appeared in The New Yorker, American Poetry Review, the Kenyon Review, Pleiades, Guernica, and elsewhere, and her collaborations with composers have been performed widely. She is co-founder and editor-in-chief of the online journal Memorious, and she lives in Chicago.

Nathan McClain is the author of Scale (Four Way Books, 2017), a recipient of fellowships from The Frost Place, Sewanee Writers' Conference, Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, and a graduate of the M.F.A. Program for Writers at Warren Wilson. His poems and prose have recently appeared or are forthcoming in Green Mountains Review, Poetry Northwest, Zocalo Public Square, The Critical Flame, and On the Seawall. He teaches at Hampshire College, and his next collection, also with Four Way Books, is expected Fall 2022.

Aimee Nezhukumatathil is the author of the New York Times best selling illustrated collection of nature essays and Kirkus Prize finalist, WORLD OF WONDERS: IN PRAISE OF FIREFLIES, WHALE SHARKS, & OTHER ASTONISHMENTS (2020, Milkweed Editions), which was chosen as Barnes and Noble’s Book of the Year. She has four previous poetry collections, most recently, OCEANIC (Copper Canyon Press, 2018. Her writing can be found in such places as Best American Poetry Series, The New York Times Magazine, ESPN and Ploughshares. She is professor of English and Creative Writing in the University of Mississippi’s MFA program.

Elizabeth Lindsey Rogers is the author of two poetry collections, most recently The Tilt Torn Away from the Seasons (Acre Books, 2020), a Rumpus book club pick and one of the Boston Globe's Best Books of 2020. Recent poems appear in POETRY, Bennington Review, Crazyhorse, and elsewhere. Essays can be found in Best American Nonrequired Reading and Best American Travel Writing. A former Kenyon Review Fellow, Rogers lives in Washington, D.C.

This event is sponsored by Poets & Writers.