Watershed Reading January 2021

Join us for the first reading of 2021, as we kick off with poets Dorothy Chan, Kirwyn Sutherland, and Ernest O. Ògúnyẹmí. Reading will be followed by a brief Q&A with the poets. This event will be streamed live on our YouTube channel and on our Facebook page.

Dorothy Chan is the author of Revenge of the Asian Woman (Diode Editions, 2019), Attack of the Fifty-Foot Centerfold (Spork Press, 2018), and the chapbook Chinatown Sonnets (New Delta Review, 2017). She was a 2020 and 2014 finalist for the Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowship, a 2020 finalist for the Lambda Literary Award in Bisexual Poetry for Revenge of the Asian Woman, and a 2019 recipient of the Philip Freund Prize in Creative Writing from Cornell University. Her work has appeared in POETRYThe American Poetry Review, Academy of American Poets, and elsewhere. She is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Poetry Editor of Hobart, Book Reviews Co-Editor of Pleiades, and Founding Editor and Editor in Chief of Honey Literary. 

Kirwyn Sutherland is a Ciinical Research Professional and poet who makes poems centering the black experience in America. He is a Watering Hole fellow and has attended workshops/residencies at Cave Canem, Winter Tangerine, Poets House, Philadelphia Sculpture Gym, and Pearlstein Art Gallery at Drexel University. Kirwyn’s work has been published in American Poetry ReviewBlueshift JournalAPIARY MagazineFOLDERThe Wanderer, and elsewhere. Kirwyn has served as Editor of Lists/Book Reviewer for WusGood magazine and poetry editor for APIARY Magazine. Kirwyn has a chapbook, Jump Ship, on Thread Makes Blanket Press.

Ernest O. Ògúnyẹmí is a writer and editor from Nigeria. His works have appeared/ are forthcoming in TinderboxJournal Nine, the Indianapolis ReviewDown River RoadCapsule StoriesNo Tokensthe West Review, the Dark Magazine20.35 Africa: An Anthology of Contemporary Poetry IIIMud Season ReviewIsele, and elsewhere. He is the curator of The Fire That Is Dreamed of: The Young African Poets Anthology. He is the winner of the Miracle Monocle Award for Young Black Writers, second-place winner in the No Tokens Young Poets' Prize, and a finalist for the 2020 Dan Veach Prize for Younger Poets.