Saturday, Oct. 25th at 7pm
The 215 Festival
The American Poetry Review
Dorothea Lasky has published four collections of poetry, AWE (2007), Black Life (2010), Thunderbird (2012), and most recently Rome (2014), as well as several chapbooks, including the polemical Poetry Is Not a Project (2010). Her poems have appeared in a number of prominent publications, including the New Yorker, Paris Review, and American Poetry Review. Known for her colloquial, even slangy style and dramatic readings, Lasky acknowledges that “there is a kind of arrogance, a kind of supreme power, that when infused with a little real humility and expertise, makes a poem. Because the poem is always about the speaker.” Lasky was awarded a Bagley Wright Fellowship in 2013, and she is an assistant professor of poetry at Columbia University.
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Thomas Devaney is the author of Calamity Jane (Furniture Press Books, 2014) and The Picture That Remains (The Print Center, 2014). Devaney was awarded a Pew Fellowship in the Arts in the spring 2014. Hanging Loose Press is publishing his fifth book of poems Runaway Goat Cart in 2015. Projects with the Institute of Contemporary Art include "Tales from the 215" for "Philadelphia Freedom" with Zoe Strauss and the "The Empty House" at the Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site for "The Big Nothing." He teaches at Haverford College.
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ABOUT THE 215 FESTIVAL: Founded in Philadelphia in 2001, The 215 Festival is a literary arts festival celebrating the written, spoken and visualized word. The 215 Festival showcases the vibrant community of literary talent in Philadelphia, and highlights the continued relevance of letters in a growing range of mediums, from books and poetry to music, film, and blogs. To help contextualize our local scene, the 215 Festival also seeks to present national and international talent. Past events include author readings, book-themed dance parties, literature-informed musical events, book fairs, literary film screenings, and blogger panel discussions. Over the years, the 215 Fest has played host to some of today’s most interesting writers, including Jonathan Lethem, Neal Pollack, Ben Greenman, Matt Klam, Amy Fusselman, John Hodgman, Legs McNeil, George Saunders, Sarah Vowell, Zadie Smith, Jeffrey Eugenides and Patti Smith among many, many others.
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