S263. George Mason Alumni Poetry Reading

Room 206, Washington Convention Center, Level Two
Saturday, February 11, 2017
3:00 pm to 4:15 pm


These five prominent poet alumni of George Mason University have been celebrated by the most prestigious first book awards in the United States and internationally. Crossing cultures and engaging hybrid as well as traditional forms, together their work bends our expectation of the traditional English lyric. Their voices reflect the rich diversity of George Mason University as well as the wider Washington DC poetry community.



J.K. Daniels’s first book, Wedding Pulls, was selected by C.D. Wright for the New Southern Voices Poetry Prize. Her poems have appeared in Queer South, Best New Poets, Calyx, and the New Orleans Review. She holds an MA and MFA from George Mason and teaches creative Writing at Northern Virginia Community College.

Ranjani Murali has an MFA in poetry from George Mason University. She is the recipient of the 2014 Srinivas Rayaprol Poetry Prize, as well as fellowships from the Fine Arts Works Center and the Vermont Studio Center. She teaches at Harper College, Illinois, and her first book is forthcoming.

Betsy Andrews is author of The Bottom, winner of the 42 Miles Poetry Prize, and New Jersey, recipient of the Brittingham Prize in Poetry. Her chapbooks include She-Devil, In Trouble, and Supercollider. She is editor-at-large for Organic Life magazine and contributing editor to Prevention magazine.

J. Michael Martinez's first book was awarded the Walt Whitman Award from the Academy of American Poets. His second book is In the Garden of the Bridehouse. He is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Danielle Cadena Deulen teaches at Willamette University, and is the poetry series editor at Acre Books. She is the author of Our Emotions Get Carried Away Beyond Us (Barrow Street Book Contest), Lovely Asunder (Miller Williams Arkansas Poetry Prize), and The Riots (AWP Award in Creative Nonfiction).


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