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Will Harris reads from RENDANG, w/ Hafizah Geter, Éireann Lorsung, Ricardo Alberto Maldonado, & R.A. Villanueva

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Join Books Are Magic for a reading with Will Harris from his first full poetry collection RENDANG, with co-readers Hafizah Geter, Éireann Lorsung, Ricardo Alberto Maldonado, & R.A. Villanueva.

About RENDANG:

Using long poems, ekphrasis, and ruptured forms, RENDANG is a startling new take on the self, and how an identity is constructed. Drawing on his Anglo-Indonesian heritage, Will Harris shows us new ways to think about the contradictions of identity and cultural memory. He creates companions that speak to us in multiple languages. They deftly ask us to consider how and what we look at, as well as what we don't look at and why. It is intellectual and accessible, moving and experimental, and combines a linguistic innovation with a deep emotional rooting.

Will Harris is a writer & editor. He has had work published in the LRB, PAIN, The New Republic, and the TLS. He co-edited the Spring 2020 issue of The Poetry Review with Mary Jean Chan. His first full poetry collection, RENDANG (UK: Granta; US: Wesleyan University Press), is a Poetry Book Society Choice and won the Forward Prize for Best First Collection, as well as being shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize.

Born in Zaria, Nigeria, Hafizah Geter is a Nigerian-American poet, writer, and editor. She received her BA in English and economics from Clemson University and an MFA in poetry from Columbia College Chicago. Hafizah’s poetry and prose have appeared in The New Yorker, Tin House, Boston Review, Longreads, and McSweeney’s Indelible in the Hippocampus, among others. An editor for Little A and TOPPLE Books from Amazon Publishing, Hafizah serves on the planning committee for the Brooklyn Book Festival and lives in Brooklyn, New York. Her debut poetry collection is UN-AMERICAN (Wesleyan University Press, 2020).

Éireann Lorsung lives not far from the Atlantic Ocean, in a small apartment in a small city, where she makes pictures, books, and clothes, and spends time thinking about literature and art in the company of others. Milkweed Editions published Music for Landing Planes By, Her book, and The Century; you can find out more at ohbara.com.

Ricardo Alberto Maldonado was born and raised in Puerto Rico. He is the author of Life Assignment (Four Way Books), the translator of Dinapiera Di Donato's Colaterales / Collateral (National Poetry Series and Akashic Books) and the co-editor of Puerto Rico en mi corazón (Anomalous Press). He is the recipient of fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, Queer Arts Mentorship and CantoMundo.

R.A. Villanueva is the author of Reliquaria, winner of the Prairie Schooner Book Prize. New writing appears in Poetry, the American Poetry Review, Guernica, and international publications such as The Poetry Review, Ambit, and Prac Crit. His honors include the Ninth Letter Literary Award, commendations from the Forward Prizes, and fellowships from Kundiman and the Constance Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts. He lives in Brooklyn.

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