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Kaveh Akbar & Friends

  • Moon Palace Books 3032 Minnehaha Avenue Minneapolis, MN, 55406 United States (map)

We are delighted (ok, ecstatic) to welcome poet Kaveh Akbar to the Twin Cities for a one-night surprise reading with friends at Moon Palace Books this Friday, January 19th!

Please join us for an insanely good time starting at 9PM.
The reading will feature wondrous MN-based poets: 

Roy Guzman
Gretchen Marquette
Hieu Minh Nguyen

with our very special guest, Kaveh Akbar

& Poetry Asylum founders, Sun Yung Shin & Su Hwang,

FYI, prior to the reading, Moon Palace and Rain Taxi will be hosting the Tribute to Denis Johnson at 7:00PM. Followed by snacks & mingling.

Participants include:
Charles Baxter
Venus de Mars
Lynette Reini-Grandell
Jim Roll
Har Mar Superstar

It promises to be a spectacular evening of literature, poetry, and community. READING IS FREE/OPEN TO ALL.
**Stay tuned for more information about the afterparty at THE ASSEMBLY.

Kaveh Akbar is the founding editor of Divedapper. His poems appear recently in The New Yorker, Poetry, The New York Times, The Nation, and elsewhere. His first book, Calling a Wolf a Wolf, is just out with Alice James in the U.S. and Penguin in the U.K. The recipient of a Pushcart Prize, a Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation, and the Lucille Medwick Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America, Kaveh was born in Tehran, Iran, and teaches in the MFA program at Purdue University and in the low-residency MFA program at Randolph College.

Roy G. Guzmán was born in Honduras and raised in Miami, Florida. He received an MFA in creative writing from the University of Minnesota and is currently pursuing a PhD in Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature at the same institution. Roy is a 2017 Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellow and a Minnesota State Arts Board Initiative grant recipient. His work has appeared in Best New Poets, Poetry, Meridian, Juked, Jet Fuel Review, and Winter Tangerine. Roy’s debut collection will be published by Graywolf Press. Website: Twitter: @dreamingauze.

Su Hwang was awarded the 2018 Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant, the 2017 Minnesota Emerging Writers Grant from the Loft Literary Center, and the 2017 Coffee House Press In The Stacks Fellowship at Dickinson House in East Flanders, Belgium. Born in Seoul, South Korea, she called NYC and San Francisco home before transplanting to the Twin Cities to attend the University of Minnesota, where she received her MFA in Poetry. She is a regional VONA alum and teaches creative writing with the Minnesota Prison Writers Workshop and is a Contributing Writer with Twin Cities Daily Planet. Su currently lives in Minneapolis.

Gretchen Marquette is the author of May Day (Graywolf Press, 2016.) Her poetry has appeared in Poetry, Harper's, the Paris Review, Tin House, PBS Newshour, and elsewhere. She lives in Minneapolis.

A queer Vietnamese American poet, Hieu Minh Nguyen is a child of immigrants. He is the author of This Way to the Sugar (Write Bloody Press, 2014), which was a finalist for both a Minnesota Book Award and the Lambda Literary Award for Gay Poetry. Hieu is a Kundiman fellow, a 2017 National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellow, and a poetry editor for Muzzle Magazine. A decorated slam poet, his work has also appeared or is forthcoming in Poetry Magazine, BuzzFeed, PBS NewsHour, Gulf Coast, Indiana Review, and elsewhere. His second collection of poetry, Not Here, is forthcoming on Coffee House Press in spring of 2018. He is an MFA candidate at Warren Wilson. He lives in Minneapolis.

신 선 영 Sun Yung Shin was born in Seoul, Korea, during 박 정 희 Park Chung-hee's military dictatorship, and grew up in the Chicago area. She is the editor of A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota, author of poetry collections Unbearable Splendor (finalist for the 2017 PEN USA Literary Award for Poetry, winner of the 2016 Minnesota Book Award for poetry); Rough, and Savage; and Skirt Full of Black (winner of the 2007 Asian American Literary Award for poetry), co-editor of Outsiders Within: Writing on Transracial Adoption, and author of bilingual illustrated book for children Cooper’s Lesson. She lives in Minneapolis.