R186. Sarabande Books Silver Anniversary Reading

B113, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1
Thursday, March 28, 2019
12:00 pm to 1:15 pm


For twenty-five years, Sarabande has been showcasing poetry, short fiction, and the essay—genres largely ignored by mainstream publishers. We seek out new talent in unusual places, launch debut collections, feature revivals and come-backs, and create a real “home” for authors. Our list offers both stylistic diversity and a balance of gender, race, and sexual identity. Now we celebrate our long history with readings in all three genres, by a range of readers in various stages of their careers.



Sarah Gorham is the author of four poetry collections. In 2013, she won the AWP Award in Creative Nonfiction for Study in Perfect. Her second work of creative nonfiction, Alpine Apprentice, appeared from UGA in 2017. She is founder and publisher of Sarabande Books, which won the inaugural AWP Small Press Award.

Lia Purpura authored nine collections (essays, poems, and translations), most recently All the Fierce Tethers. Her awards include Guggenheim, NEA, and Fulbright fellowships, and four Pushcart Prizes. On Looking (essays) was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. She teaches at University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

Ann Townsend is a poet and essayist, and author of Dear DelinquentThe Coronary GardenDime Store Erotics, and Radiant Lyre: Essays on Lyric Poetry (with David Baker). She directs the Creative Writing Program at Denison University; in 2009, she cofounded VIDA: Women in Literary Arts.

Randa Jarrar is the author of the critically acclaimed novel A Map of Home and the short story collection Him, Me, Muhammad Ali. Her essays have appeared in The Sun, Guernica, Oxford American, New York Times Magazine, Utne Reader, and Salon. She is Associate Professor at Fresno State's MFA Program.

David Tomas Martinez is the author of Hustle and Post Traumatic Hood Disorder. Martinez is a Pushcart winner, NEA poetry grant recipient, Stanley P. Young fellowship from Breadloaf, and others.


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