A Night of Poetry Upstairs: Rosebud Ben-Oni, Tara Skurtu, KC Trommer, and Leah Umansky

Join us Wednesday, October 13th at 7:30pm at Book Culture on 112th for a reading with a roster of poets! Rosebud Ben-Oni, Tara Skurtu, KC Trommer, and Leah Umansky.

In order to facilitate an in-person author event, we will be closing the second floor starting at 7pm. Please review our COVID-19 Safety guidelines. 

Rosebud Ben-Oni is the winner of 2019 Alice James Award for If This Is the Age We End Discovery (2021), which received a Starred Review in Booklist, and the author of turn around, BRXGHT XYXS (Get Fresh Books, 2019) and 20 Atomic Sonnets (Black Warrior Review, 2020). She has received fellowships and grants from the New York Foundation for the Arts, City Artists Corps, CantoMundo and Queens Council on the Arts. Her work appears in POETRY, The American Poetry Review, Academy of American Poets’ Poem-a-Day, Poetry Society of America (PSA), The Poetry Review (UK), Tin House, Guernica, Electric Literature, among others. In 2017, her poem "Poet Wrestling with Angels in the Dark" was commissioned by the National September 11 Memorial & Museum in NYC, and published by The Kenyon Review Online. Recently, her poem “Dancing with Kiko on the Moon” was featured in Tracy K. Smith’s The Slowdown. She writes for The Kenyon Review blog.

Tara Skurtu is the author of The Amoeba Game and the forthcoming collection Faith Farm. A two-time Fulbright grantee and recipient of a Robert Pinsky Global Fellowship, she is the founder of International Poetry Circle and a steering committee member of Writers for Democratic Action. Tara's recent work appears in Salmagundi, The Common, Banshee, and Poetry Wales.

KC Trommer is the author of We Call Them Beautiful (Diode Editions, 2019) and The Hasp Tongue (dgp, 2014) and is founder of the online audio project QUEENSBOUND. Since 2018, she has collaborated with the Grammy Award-winning composer Herschel Garfein on a song cycle based on poems from her first collection. She is the 2021 poet-in-residence on Governors Island through Works on Water and was a Lower Manhattan Cultural Council artist-in-residence through their COVID-19 Response Residency Program. With Spencer Reece, she curates the bi-monthly Red Door Series at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church. She is the Assistant Director of Communications at NYU Gallatin and lives in Jackson Heights, Queens, with her son.   

Leah Umansky is the author of two full-length collections, The Barbarous Century, and Domestic Uncertainties among others. She earned her MFA in Poetry at Sarah Lawrence College and has curated and hosted The COUPLET Reading Poetry Series in NYC since 2011. Her writing has appeared in such places as The New York Times, USA TODAY’s Pop Candy, POETRY, The Academy of American Poets' Poem-A-Day, Rhino, and Pleiades. More at www.leahumansky.com or @leah.umansky on IG.