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: Leeya Mehta, Patrick Armijo, Donna Vorreyer
Date & Time: Wednesday, March 30, 7:00-8:00 pm CT
Platform: Live Zoom Webinar. After registering, you will be sent the link.
Donation: Please support the poets!
Purchase Leeya Mehta's chapbook A Story of the World Before the Fence (Finishing Line Press) at https://www.
You can support Patrick Armijo as an artist through Venmo @Patrick-Armijo.
Donna Vorreyer's newest collection, To Everything There Is (2020), can be purchased at https://sundress-publications.
Leeya Mehta is a prize-winning poet and fiction writer. She is the author of the poetry collections, A Story of the World Before the Fence, and The Towers of Silence. She writes a column for the Washington Independent Review of Books on the reading and writing life called The Company We Keep. Leeya is also an editor with Plume Poetry where she loves to feature poets from Maine to Bombay.
Leeya’s great muse is her hometown, Bombay. When she moved to Washington, she found her new town as inspiring. Both places feature prominently in her work that explores the intimate space of the family and how it relates to the physical geography of cities and nature.
Discover Leeya’s latest work at leeyamehta.com
Patrick Armijo is from Lake Arrowhead California, currently living in Los. Angeles. He's been writing poetry since he was 14 and in the early days would show up at any open mic that would have him. His poetry is often autobiographical and reflects the lgbtq experience. He uses poetry to try and gather the enormity of his emotions and distill it into a few lines. He's not a big fan of editing. Most of his poems are short and done in a “stream of consciousness” style with little to no changes made. He draws inspiration from his conservative and religious upbringing and all the dimensions that exist within that structure. Poetry has and will always be his language of freedom. So, he says, he is a lot braver when he writes than when he speaks.
Donna Vorreyer is the author of To Everything There Is (2020), Every Love Story is an Apocalypse Story (2016) and A House of Many Windows (2013), all from Sundress Publications, as well as eight chapbooks. Her work has appeared in Baltimore Review, Tinderbox Poetry, Poet Lore, Sugar House Review, Waxwing, and other journals, and she serves as an associate editor for Rhino Poetry. Recently retired from 36 years in public education, she looks forward to new adventures.
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