Orphans and Other Strangers: A Poetry Reading

Poets Mark Irwin and Elena Karina Byrne read in dialogue, addressing contemporary social issues and current trends in art.

Doors open at 7:30, readings begin at 8 pm.

Elena Karina Byrne is a freelance editor, lecturer, Programming Consultant & Poetry Stage Manager for The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books and Literary Programs Director for the Ruskin Art Club. Pushcart Prize & Best American Poetry recipient, Elena’s five collections include If This Makes You Nervous (Omnidawn, 2021), No Don’t (What Books Press, 2020), and Squander (Omnidawn, 2016), MASQUE (Tupelo Press, 2008), and The Flammable Bird (Zoo Press/Tupelo Press, 2002). Poems, reviews, and interviews can be found in Poem-a-Day, Plume, POETRY, The Paris Review, The Adroit Journal, Los Angeles Review of Books, Kenyon Review, BOMB, Verse Daily, Poetry Daily, Narrative, NPR's KNAU Poetry Snaps Morning Edition / All Things Considered, and elsewhere. Elena’s writing screenplays while completing her collection of hybrid essays entitled Voyeur Hour.

Mark Irwin is the author of eleven collections of poetry, including Joyful Orphan (2023), Shimmer (2020), A Passion According to Green (2017), American Urn: Selected Poems (1987-2014), and Bright Hunger (2004). Recognition for his work includes The Nation/Discovery Award, two Colorado Book Awards, four Pushcart Prizes, the James Wright Poetry Award, the Philip Levine Prize for Poetry, and fellowships from the Fulbright, Lilly, and NEA. He has also translated three volumes of poetry.

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