In our monthly reading series, "Today You Are Perfect," we bring poets and artists and listeners together to share their words. Afterward, everyone has the option to participate in a small question and answer session.
The Lineup: Lupita Eyde-Tucker, Raia Lichen, Shira Dentz
Date & Time: Tuesday, July 28, 6:30-7:30 pm CT
Donation: Suggested tip of $5-$20 or purchase of book. If you are able, please support the artists! Lupita Eyde-Tucker's Venmo is @LupeEydeTucker. Raia Lichen's Venmo is @Slow-G. For Shira Dentz, you can purchase SISYPHYUSINA by Shira Dentz at PANK Books: https://pankmagazine.
Lupita Eyde-Tucker writes and translates poetry in English and Spanish. She's the winner of the 2019 Betty Gabehart Prize for Poetry, a Fellow at The Watering Hole, and her poems appear in Nashville Review, The Florida Review, Asymptote, Columbia Journal, Raleigh Review, The Arkansas International, Yemassee, Pilgrimage, Waccamaw, and Chautauqua. She's currently translating two collections of poetry by Venezuelan poet Oriette D'Angelo. Lupita and her husband live and homeschool their children in Florida. She is currently pursuing an MFA in Poetry at the University of Florida.
Like the composite organism. Hard K sound. Think about rye bread when you want to pronounce Raia. Ah! Now we've got the hard part over with. This is a chosen name and Raia writes about what it means to be human. She has come to realize that your story is just as important as hers and it is with this sense of togetherness that she writes. She thinks we see ourselves better----and the world----when we share our stories. Presently, Raia is pursuing a Masters in Foreign Language Education and works with community organizers to better integrate multilingual populations on issues that are collectively important----such as----conservation and social justice. Raia is also working on a magical realism inspired poetic memoir that attempts to capture a surreal experience of becoming a real human being after coming out. The story also shines a light on what it has meant to have been "in the closet" during a time considered by many to be safe, or safer than before. Simultaneously to writing this story, Raia, always a fan of "process," posts drafts of her writing on Instagram.
Shira Dentz is the author of five books—most recently, SISYPHUSINA (PANK Books, 2020), the sun a blazing zero (Lavender Ink/Diáologos, 2019), and how do i net thee (Salmon Poetry, 2018), a National Poetry Series finalist—and two chapbooks including FLOUNDERS (Essay Press, 2016). Her poetry, prose, and visual and cross-genre writing appear in many venues including Poetry, American Poetry Review, Iowa Review, Cincinnati Review, jubilat, Brooklyn Rail, Academy of American Poets' Poem-a-Day Series (Poets.org), and NPR. Interviews with her appear in venues such as The Rumpus and Ran Taxii and are forthcoming in Kenyon Review and elsewhere. A recipient of awards including an Academy of American Poets’ Prize, Poetry Society of America’s Lyric Poem Award, and Poetry Society of America's Cecil Hemley Memorial Award, she is currently Special Features Editor at Tarpaulin Sky and lives and teaches in upstate NY. More about her can be found at http://www.shiradentz.com
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