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Poetry Reading with Jennifer Franklin & Sally Bliumis-Dunn

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Grave illness, profound disability, and stunning cruelty and betrayal are Franklin’s catalysts in No Small Gift: turning the chaos of her trauma into meaning, rediscovering a voice embedded under sutures and scars, making a whole from rent parts.

As a series, the poems in Bliumis-Dunn’s Echolocation swing back and forth from the natural world keenly observed—rain, birds, sunflowers, even a clam— to the contortions of the human heart, mostly caused by hurt and loss. And isn’t that where the best poetry resides, between the thing and the emotion, the swan and the grief? —BILLY COLLINS

Jennifer Franklin (AB Brown, MFA Columbia) is the author of No Small Gift (Four Way Books 2018) and Looming (Elixir Press, 2015). Her poetry has appeared in Blackbird, Boston Review, Gettysburg Review, Guernica, The Nation, Paris Review,“poem-a-day” on poets.org, and Prairie Schooner. She is co-editor of Slapering Hol Press. She teaches poetry workshops and seminars at the Hudson Valley Writers’ Center, where she serves as Program Director. She lives in New York City.

Sally Bliumis-Dunn teaches Modern Poetry at Manhattanville College and the Palm Beach Poetry Festival. Her poems appeared in New Ohio Review, The Paris Review, Prairie Schooner, PLUME, Poetry London, the NYT, PBS NewsHour, upstreet, The Writer’s Almanac, Academy of American Poets’ Poem-a-day, and Ted Kooser’s column, among others. In 2002, she was a finalist for the Nimrod/Hardman Pablo Neruda Prize. Her two books, Talking Underwater and Second Skin were published by Wind Publications in 2007 and 2010. Galapagos Poems published by Kattywompus Press in 2016. Her third full-length collection, Echolocation, was published by Plume editions Madhat Press in March of 2018. Shortly afterwards she was interviewed by Nin Andrews for THE BEST OF AMERICAN POETRY.

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