9/16: Mary Jo Bang, Sandra Simonds, Alex Dimitrov


The Multifarious Array is back for the season, because well, the season is the reason.

We will start it all off with an absolute smash of a reading--three great poets on what will be a great night!

Next Friday, September 16th at 7 p.m., we will feature: Mary Jo Bang, Alex Dimitrov, and Sandra Simonds. Bios and pics below.

See you there,
Dorothea Lasky & Thom Donovan


The Multifarious Array is a semi-monthly reading series featuring the very best poets at the very best place (Pete's Candy Store).

Pete's Candy Store is located at 709 Lorimer in Williamsburg Brooklyn. Take the G to the Metropolitan stop or the L to the Lorimer stop. (Map: http://www.petescandystore.com/petes_map.html)


(Photo by Mark Schäfer)

Mary Jo Bang is the author of six books of poems, including The Bride of E (Graywolf Press 2009), Elegy (Graywolf Press, 2007), winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award, The Eye Like a Strange Balloon (2004), The Downstream Extremity of the Isle of the Swans (2001), and Louise In Love (2001). Her first book, Apology for Want (1997), was chosen by Edward Hirsch for the 1996 Bakeless Prize. Her poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, and The Best American Poetry and several other literary magazines. She is the recipient of numerous awards including a “Discovery”/The Nation award, a Pushcart Prize, a fellowship from the Guggenheim Foundation, and a Hodder Award from Princeton University. Her books Louise In Love and Elegy both received the Poetry Society of America’s Alice Fay di Castagnola Award for a manuscript-in-progress. Bang was the poetry co-editor of the Boston Review from 1995 to 2005. She is a Professor of English at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.

Alex Dimitrov’s first book of poems, Begging For It, is forthcoming from Four Way Books. He is the recipient of the 2011 Stanley Kunitz Prize for Younger Poets from The American Poetry Review, and is the founder of Wilde Boys, a queer poetry salon in New York City. His poems have appeared in The Kenyon Review, Yale Review, Tin House, Boston Review, and Best New Poets 2009. He works at the Academy of American Poets and frequently writes for Poets & Writers magazine.

Sandra Simonds grew up in Los Angeles, California. She earned a B.A. in Psychology and Creative Writing at U.C.L.A and an M.F.A. from the University of Montana, where she received a poetry fellowship. In 2010, she earned a PhD in Literature with an emphasis in Creative Writing from Florida State University. She is currently finishing a second full-length collection of poems called Mother was a Tragic Girl which will be published by Cleveland State University Poetry Center in 2012. She is the author of Warsaw Bikini (Bloof Books, 2008), which was a finalist for numerous prizes including the National Poetry Series; she is also the author of several chapbooks including Used White Wife (Grey Book Press, 2009) and The Humble Travelogues of Mr. Ian Worthington, Written from Land & Sea (Cy Gist, 2006). Her poems have been published in many journals such as Poetry, The Believer, the Colorado Review, Fence, the Columbia Poetry Review, Barrow Street, Volt, the New Orleans Review and Lana Turner. Her Creative Nonfiction has been published in Post Road and other literary journals. She currently lives in Tallahassee, Florida and is an Assistant Professor of English at Thomas University in beautiful, rural Southern Georgia. In her free time she likes to run, swim, hike, and fight for various lost causes.

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