F244. A Reading & Conversation with Kaveh Akbar, Jos Charles, and Fady Joudah, Sponsored by Alice James Books and Milkweed Editions

Oregon Ballroom 201-202, Oregon Convention Center, Level 2
Friday, March 29, 2019
1:30 pm to 2:45 pm


Three award-winning poets sharing their most recent work: In Footnotes in the Order of Disappearance, Fady Joudah finds tenderness for the other, the dead, and the disappeared. In feeld, Jos Charles offers a lyrical unraveling of the circuity of gender and speech. In Calling a Wolf a Wolf, Kaveh Akbar confronts addiction and the strenuous path of recovery, beginning with the wilds of the mind. Introduced and moderated by Victoria Chang.



Victoria Chang's book, Barbie Chang, was published by Copper Canyon Press. The Boss won the PEN Center Literary Award and a California Book Award. She has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, Sustainable Arts Fellowship, and Alice Fay di Castnola Award. She teaches at Antioch's low-res program in L.A.

Fady Joudah is a Palestinian American physician, poet, and translator. He is the recipient of the Griffin International Poetry Prize in 2013 for his translation of Ghassan Zaqtan's Like a Straw Bird It Follows Me. His collection The Earth in the Attic won the Yale Younger Poets prize, and his translations of Mahmoud Darwish’s poetry earned him a Banipal prize from the UK and a PEN Center USA Award in translation. Alight and the ebook Textu, which is composed on cell phone in character count, are his most recent poetry collections.

Jos Charles is author of feeld, a winner of the 2017 National Poetry Series, selected by Fady Joudah, and Safe Space. In 2016, she received the Poetry Foundation's Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowship. She has an MFA from the University of Arizona and resides in Long Beach, CA.

Kaveh Akbar is founding editor of DIVEDAPPER. His poems appear in PoetryAmerican Poetry ReviewPloughsharesTin House, and elsewhere. The recipient of a Ruth Lilly & Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation, Kaveh's first book is Calling a Wolf a Wolf.


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