Couplet Reading Series: The TENTH Anniversary Event

COUPLET is a quarterly reading series, produced, curated and hosted by poet Leah Umansky since 2011. It features both emerging and established poets. COUPLET is co-hosted by The Red Room.

This will be BOTH an in-person event and live-streaming event when readers both in-person and on Zoom! Please RSVP here if you plan to be on Zoom.

Our six readers for The TENTH Anniversary event are:

Aria Aber is the author of Hard Damage (University of Nebraska Press, 2019), which won the Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Poetry and a Whiting Award. Her poems have appeared in The New Yorker, POETRY, Kenyon Review, and elsewhere. She is the recipient of fellowships from NYU, Kundiman, the Wisconsin Institute of Creative Writing, and Mills College. She is currently a Wallace Stegner Poetry Fellow at Stanford University. 

Kaveh Akbar is the author of Pilgrim Bell.

Kathleen Ossip’s most recent book is July. She is also the author of The Do-Over, which was a New York Times Editors' Choice; The Cold War, which was one of Publishers Weekly's Best Books of 2011; and The Search Engine, selected by Derek Walcott for the American Poetry Review/Honickman First Book Prize; and Cinephrastics, a chapbook of movie poems. She has been a fellow at the Harvard Radcliffe Institute.

Diane Seuss is the author of frank: sonnetsStill Life With Two Dead Peacocks and a GirlFour-Legged Girl, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, and Wolf Lake, White Gown Blown Open, winner of the Juniper Prize. She lives in Michigan.

Maggie Smith is the author of five books, including Good Bones, the national bestseller Keep Moving, and a new collection of poems, Goldenrod. Her poems and essays have appeared in the New York Times, The New Yorker, The Southern Review, the Guardian, the Paris Review, and The Best American Poetry. A freelance writer and editor, Smith is on the poetry faculty of Spalding University’s MFA program and serves as an Editor at Large for the Kenyon Review

Devon Walker-Figueroa is the author of Philomath (Milkweed Editions, 2021), selected for the National Poetry Series by Sally Keith. A graduate of Bennington College and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, her work has appeared in The Nation, POETRY, Ploughshares, and elsewhere.

This event is funded in part by
Poets &Writers through public funds from the New York City Department of
Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council

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