Thursday, April 21 – Gravendyk Prize-Winning Poets Read at Pfau Library!

Dear World, please join us this Thursday, for another thought-provoking event, with visiting poets and an Open Mic for fiction, poetry, spoken word and memoir, in celebration of our lives. Join the conversation of voices in witnessing and exploring our time here together, our struggles and triumphs. Read your own writing in a warm, welcoming environment or sit back and enjoy your inspirational, funny, insightful colleagues and the two visiting poets!
Poets Kenji Liu and Angela Peñaredondo are celebrating their first books of poetry, as winners of Inlandia Books’ national book competition, The Hilary Gravendyk Prize. These winning books were chosen by CSUSB faculty Chad Sweeney as the most remarkable books out of several hundred entries.
Kenji Liu’s debut book, Map of an Onion, is National Winner of the 2015 Hillary Gravendyk Prize (published by Inlandia Books, 2016). His poems have appeared in The Los Angeles Review, Asian American Literary Review and The Barrow Street Journal. He is an MFA student in poetry at UC Riverside. From the forward: Map of an Onion is a border-crossing, coalitional text that finds its political voice in interruption. In Liu’s poetics, family history structures, and is structured by, histories of migration, colonialism, and violence, yet Liu finds in the interstices of those structures a space of profoundly personal exploration.
Angela Peñaredondo’s is a poet who received the Zora Neal Hurston Poetry Award and the Regional Winner of the 2015 Hillary Gravendyk Prize for her debut book “All Things Lose Thousands of Times, “ (Inlandia Books, 2016)
Carmen Gimenez Smith, Author of Milk and Filth, on Peñaredondo’s poetry: The poems in All Things Lose Thousands of Times aptly tell a transnational coming of age story, a becoming from the savage and the fertile, the urban and the fantastic, where “heaven comes after collision.” This is a stunning debut for Peñaredondo, poems that shimmer with dense and riveting lyricism.
Hosted by the English Department and the Pacific Review
Contact: Chad Sweeney,

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