Produced, curated and hosted by poet Leah Umansky since 2011, COUPLET is held in the East Village, featuring emerging and established poets. For the COUPLET Fall 2020 Edition, an exciting anniversary event, we have six special readers:
1. Hala Alyan is an award-winning Palestinian American poet, novelist and clinical psychologist whose work has appeared in numerous journals including The Missouri Review, Prairie Schooner and Colorado Review. Her latest book of poetry is The Twenty-Ninth Year (Mariner 2016). She resides in Brooklyn with her husband.
2. Jill Bialosky is the author of five acclaimed collections of poetry, most recently Asylum: A Personal, Historical, Natural Inquiry in 103 Lyric Sections; three critically acclaimed novels, and two memoirs. Her poems and essays have appeared in Best American Poetry, The New Yorker, O, The Oprah Magazine, The Kenyon Review, Harvard Review, and The Paris Review, among others. She is executive editor and vice president at W. W. Norton & Company. She lives in New York City and was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio.
3. Didi Jackson is the author of Moon Jar (Red Hen Press, 2020). Her poems have appeared in The New Yorker, New England Review, Ploughshares, and elsewhere. After having lived most of her life in Florida, she currently lives in South Burlington, Vermont teaching creative writing at the University of Vermont.
4. Major Jackson is the author of five books of poetry, most recently The Absurd Man (Norton, 2020). He is a recipient of many fellowships and honors including, a Whiting Writers’ Award, and the Library of Congress. He has published poems and essays in American Poetry Review, The New Yorker, Poetry, and Tin House, among others. He lives in South Burlington, Vermont, where he is the Richard A. Dennis Professor of English and University Distinguished Professor at the University of Vermont. He serves as the Poetry Editor of The Harvard Review.
5. Ricardo Alberto Maldonado was born and raised in Puerto Rico. He is the co-editor of Puerto Rico en mi corazón and the recipient of fellowships from CantoMundo, the New York Foundation for the Arts and Queer|Arts|Mentorship. He lives in New York, where he serves as managing director at 92Y’s Unterberg Poetry Center. He is the author of The Life Assignment (Four Way Books, 2020).
6. Meghan Privitello is the author of three books of poems, most recently, One God at a Time (YesYes Books, 2020). Poems have appeared in Guernica, Gulf Coast, A Public Space, Best New Poets, Please Excuse This Poem: 100 New Poets for the Next Generation, and elsewhere. She is currently pursuing a Master’s in Social Work.
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