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Sarah Lawrence College’s 14th Annual Poetry Festival Set for April 21-23

April 12, 2017 – The 14th Sarah Lawrence College Annual Poetry Festival, the largest free, student-run poetry festival in New York State, takes place April 21-23 on the College’s Bronxville-area campus. The festival, open to the public, will include readings by acclaimed poets and Sarah Lawrence undergraduate and graduate poetry students; craft talks; generative sessions; a book fair; and a special event of readings and recordings of poems by incarcerated individuals at the Westchester County Correctional Facility, presented by students who have worked with them in the College’s Right-to-Write program.


“We’re honored to be joined by fourteen bold, transformative poets from across the country who are changing the landscape of American poetry,” say co-directors of the festival, Sreshtha Sen, MFA ’17 and Theresa Sullivan, MFA ’17.


The poets who will read from their work include: J. Mae Barizo, author of The Cumulus Effect, Joshua Bennett, winner of the 2015 National Poetry Series; Lucie Brock-Broido, whose most recent collection, Stay, Illusion was a finalist for the National Book Award, the Kingsley Tufts Award in Poetry, and the National Book Critics Circle Award; Aracelis Girmay, recently published in Spoon River Poetry Review, Harvard Review, Granta, Poetry, and Prairie Schoooner; Jeffrey Harrison, a finalist for the 2015 Massachusetts Book Award; Rachel  McKibbens, a two-time New York Foundation for the Arts poetry fellow; Erika Meitner, a National Poetry Series winner for Ideal Cities; sam sax, two-time Bay Area Grand Slam Champion; Robin Beth Schaer, whose writing has appeared in Tin House, Paris Review, and Guernica, among others;  Brenda Shaughnessy, whose work has appeared in Best American Poetry, Harper’s, The New York Times, The New Yorker and elsewhere; Monica Youn, 2010 National Book Award Finalist for Ignatz; Ocean Vuong, winner of the 2016 Whiting Award for Night Sky with Exit Wounds; Matthew Zapruder, author of four collections of poetry and editor-at-large at Wave Books; and Rachel Zucker, poet, teacher and host of the podcast Commonplace: Conversations with Poets (and Other People).


For the schedule and full biographical information for the featured poets, directions to campus, and other information please visit www.sarahlawrence.edu/poetry-festival.

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Founded in 1926, Sarah Lawrence is a coeducational liberal arts college that consistently ranks among the leading liberal arts colleges in the country. It is known for its pioneering approach to education, rich history of impassioned intellectual and civic engagement, and vibrant, successful alumni. In close proximity to the unparalleled offerings of New York City, the historic campus is home to an intellectually curious and diverse community.