Denise Riley and Jennifer Soong at the Poetry Center

The Poetry Center is honored to welcome poets Denise Riley, in a rare US appearance, and Jennifer Soong. A distinguished philosopher and feminist theorist as well as poet, Riley has produced a body of work both intellectually uncompromising and emotionally open. Her first collection of poems from an American press appeared in 2020 in the New York Review of Books/Poets series—Say Something Back / Time Lived, Without Its Flow includes her widely acclaimed lyric meditation on bereavement, composed, as she has written, “in imagined solidarity with the endless others whose adult children have died, often in far worst circumstances.” Riley’s accompanying prose work returns to the subject of grief. Jennifer Soong’s debut book of poetry, Near, At (Futurepoem, 2019), is a “sustained exploration of language, capitalism, gender, and nature.” She is currently a doctoral candidate at Princeton University, where she works on poetry and forgetting. Joining us, respectively, from London and the Eastern US, the poets will each read from their work, then engage in conversation, along with emcee Brandon Brown, and the audience.

Please note early start-time to accommodate our guest and audience in the UK, and elsewhere!

This remote access event is free and open to the public. Real-Time Captioning is available at our YouTube channel (with Media Captioning provided after the event, at Poetry Center Digital Archive); for other reasonable accommodations please contact [email protected].

Supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.