Ricardo Maldonado, Jenny Xie, and Marwa Helal read for WEIRDD

Lets get weirdd! Poets Jenny Xie, Ricardo Alberto Maldonado, and Marwa Helal share their work, joined by lawyer Dan Thompson for an illuminating lecture.
About the readers: 
Jenny Xie is the author of Eye Level (Graywolf Press), recipient of the Walt Whitman Award of the Academy of American Poets, and Nowhere to Arrive (Northwestern University Press), which won the Drinking Gourd Chapbook Prize. Her poems appear in Poetry, New Republic, American Poetry Review, Tin House, and elsewhere. She teaches at New York University and lives in Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn.
Ricardo Alberto Maldonado was born and raised in Puerto Rico. He is the translator of Dinapiera Di Donato's ​​Collateral (National Poetry Series/Akashic Books) and the recipient of poetry fellowships from Queer/Arts/Mentorship and the New York Foundation for the Arts. His poems and translations have appeared or are forthcoming in ​​Poetry, ​​Boston Review, ​​Guernica, ​​Denver Quarterly and elsewhere. He is managing director at the 92Y Unterberg Poetry Center and co-hosts the EMPIRE reading series with Hafizah Geter.
Marwa Helal is a poet and journalist. She is the author of I Am Made to Leave I Am Made to Return (No, Dear/Small Anchor Press, forthcoming 2017) and Invasive Species (Nightboat Books, forthcoming 2019). Her work has appeared in Apogee, Hyperallergic and Poets & Writers, among other journals, and is forthcoming in the anthologies Bettering American Poetry 2016 and Best American Experimental Writing 2018. She is the winner of BOMB Magazine’s Biennial 2016 Poetry Contest and has been awarded fellowships from Poets House, Brooklyn Poets and Cave Canem. Helal received her MFA in creative nonfiction from the New School and her BA in journalism and international studies from Ohio Wesleyan University. Born in Al Mansurah, Egypt, she currently lives and teaches in Brooklyn. 
WILDCARD LECTURE: Dan Thompson, JD speaks on activism and knowing your rights in Trump's America.
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