2021-2022 Season


Tuesday, October 19th: Karen Solie and A.E. Stallings. Hybrid (4th Space & Zoom) 12 pm

Karen Solie is the author of several collections of poetry, including The Road In Is Not the Same Road Out (2015); The Living Option: Selected Poems (2013); Pigeon (2009), which won a Griffin Poetry Prize, a Pat Lowther Award, and a Trillium Book Award; and Short Haul Engine (2001), which won a Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize. She lives in Toronto.

A.E. Stallings has published three collections of poetry, Archaic Smile, Hapax, and Olives, and a verse translation of Lucretius, The Nature of Things. She has received a translation grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, and fellowships from United States Artists, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the MacArthur Foundation. She lives in Athens, Greece.

Thursday, October 21st: Kazim Ali. Webinar event, 8 pm

Kazim Ali was born in the United Kingdom and has lived transnationally in the United States, Canada, India, France, and the Middle East. His books encompass multiple genres, including several volumes of poetry, novels, and translations. He is currently a Professor of Literature at the University of California, San Diego. His newest books are a volume of three long poems entitled The Voice of Sheila Chandra and a memoir of his Canadian childhood, Northern Light: Power, Land, and the Memory of Water.

Tuesday, November 9th: Haley Mlotek and Doreen St. Félix. Hybrid (4th Space and Zoom) 3pm.

Doreen St. Félix has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 2017 and was named the magazine’s television critic in 2019. Previously, she was a culture writer at MTV News. Her writing has appeared in the Times Magazine, New York, Vogue, The Fader, and Pitchfork.

Haley Mlotek is a writer, editor, and organizer. Her works appeared in countless renowned magazines and newspapers all over the world. She is currently a senior editor at SSENSE and the 2019-2020 co-chair of the Freelance Solidarity Project, a distinct division for digital media workers within the National Writers Union.

Monday, November 15th: George Abraham. Hybrid/Webinar event, 8 pm

George Abraham is a Palestinian American poet and writer from Jacksonville, FL. He is the author of the poetry collection, Birthright (ButtonPoetry, 2020), winner of the 2021 Arab American Book Award in Poetry . He is a board member for the Radius of Arab American Writers (RAWI), a recipient of grants and fellowships from Kundiman, TheBoston Foundation, and the Poetry Foundation.

Friday, November 19th: Rana Tawil. Hybrid/Webinar 8pm November 2021 tbd

Oana Avasilichioaei is the author of six poetry collections, including We, Beasts (Wolsak & Wynn, 2012, A. M. Klein Prize for Poetry) and Limbinal. Her most recent collection, Eight Track was a finalist for both the 2020 A. M. Klein Prize for Poetry and the Governor General’s Literary Award for Poetry. She has translated eight books of poetry and prose from French and Romanian, including Bertrand Laverdure’s Readopolis (Book*hug, 2017, Governor General’s Literary Award).

Caroline Bergvall is an award-winning poet, writer, sound artist and performer whose interdisciplinary practice includes working across artforms, media and languages all over the world. Her worlds include books, performances, sound installations and print.

Friday November 26th: Communal reading of Pauline Gumbs, Webinar (12-4). Wednesday, January 19th: Joy Priest. 8pm.

Joy Priest is the recipient of a 2021 National Endowment for the Arts fellowship and a 2019- 2020 Fine Arts Work Center fellowship, as well as the Stanley Kunitz Memorial Prize. Her poems have appeared in the Academy of American Poets’ Poem-a-Day series, The Atlantic, Callaloo, Gulf Coast, and the Virginia Quarterly Review, among others. Her essays have appeared in The Bitter Southerner, Poets & Writers, ESPN, and The Undefeated. Her work has been anthologized in Breakbeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop, A Measure of Belonging: Writers of Color on the New American South, and Best New Poets 2014, 2016 and 2019. Joy is currently editing an anthology of Louisville poets, forthcoming from Sarabande Books.

March 2022 Professional Panel TBA

In Conversation: Rachel Zellars & Roxane Gay

Writing these essays was of acknowledging my existence that you just don’t see written about all too often. The black experience is often times limited to a one very specific type of story and I think that we have to broaden our cultural understanding of what it means to be black. –Roxane Gay talking about Bad Feminist with Rachel Zellars.

Here’s one from the archive. October 22, 2015 to be exact. Co-Sponsored by Librarie Drawn & Quarterly and took pace at the Ukrainian Federation. The bookstore, whom we hope will co-sponsor more events with us in the next few years, will be hosting Marlon James on March 5th. James will be in conversation with Concordia part-time instructor Dimitri Nasrallah.