Open Mouth Presents: A Reading with Jen Karetnick & Sumita Chakraborty

Join us on Sunday, December 13, 2020 for readings by featured poets Jen Karetnick and Sumita Chakraborty. The reading will be preceded by a round of introductory readings by members of our poetry community. The reading will take place virtually via Zoom with Otter Live Captions, and an ASL interpreter will be present. Access copies of all poems will be provided via Google Docs. Register for the virtual reading by clicking on the "Registration" button on the Eventbrite page, donating any amount you can, and entering the required fields. You will receive an email with the Zoom information. Suggested donation of $5. Every donation to Open Mouth Reading Series supports our programming, ASL interpreters, and feature poets. Become a monthly patron on Patreon or make a one-time donation at our PayPal or to our GoFundMe campaign.

FEATURED READERS: Sumita Chakraborty is a poet, essayist, and scholar. She is Helen Zell Visiting Professor in Poetry at the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor, where she teaches in literary studies and creative writing. Her poetry has most recently appeared in Poetry, The American Poetry Review, Best American Poetry 2019, Los Angeles Review of Books Quarterly, The Rumpus, and elsewhere. Her scholarship appears or is forthcoming in Cultural Critique, Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and the Environment, Modernism/modernity, College Literature, and elsewhere. Her debut collection of poetry, Arrow, is out now from Alice James Books in the U.S. and Carcanet Press in the U.K., and it has received coverage in The New York Times, NPR, and The Guardian. Find her on her website at or on Twitter at @chakrabsumita.

Jen Karetnick's fourth collection of poetry is The Burning Where Breath Used to Be (David Robert Books, September 2020). Her fifth full-length book is forthcoming from Salmon Poetry in 2023. She is also the author of five chapbooks, including The Crossing Over, winner of the 2018 Split Rock Review Chapbook Competition. A 2020 winner of the Tiferet Prize for Poetry, she has also been awarded the Hart Crane Memorial Prize, the Romeo Lemay Poetry Prize, and the Anna Davidson Rosenberg prize, among others. Her poems, essays, interviews, satire, and articles have been published widely in publications including, Guernica, McSweeney's, The Missouri Review, and Michigan Quarterly Review. Jen holds an MFA in poetry from University of California, Irvine, and an MFA in fiction from University of Miami. She lives in Miami where she works as a lifestyle journalist, educator, and trade book author. See more at