Melville Library Author Series: An Afternoon of Poetry

Featuring Alexandra van de Kamp, Julie Sheehan, and Rowan Ricardo Phillips
Javits Room, Melville Library (level 2)
Free and open to all. Refreshments will be provided.
Sponsored by the University Libraries.

Alexandra van de Kamp lives in Port Jefferson, NY, with her husband, the writer William Glenn, and teaches in the Intensive English Center at Stony Brook University.  She has been previously published in journals such as: Quarter After Eight, Meridian, Crab Orchard Review, Salt Hill, Washington Square, Court Green, and River Styx.  New work is forthcoming in Lake Effect and Arsenic Lobster.  Her first chapbook, The Rainiest May in the Twentieth Century, was a winner of the 2001 Quentin R. Howard Poetry Prize, and was published in 2002 by the journal Wind. She is one of the founding editors of Terra Incognita, a bilingual literary journal distributed in Spain and the United States, and lived in Madrid, Spain, for six years. The Park of Upside-Down Chairs, her first full-length collection, was published last April by CW Books (WordTech Press). You may see more of her poetry and prose at: www.alexandravandekamp.com.

Julie Sheehan is a 2008 recipient of a Whiting Writers’ Award and author of three poetry collections: Bar Book: Poems & Otherwise, out from W.W. Norton this June, Orient Point, which won the 2005 Barnard Women Poets Prize, and Thaw, winner of the Poets Out Loud prize from Fordham University. Other honors include a 2009 NYFA Fellowship in Poetry, the Elizabeth Matchett Stover Award from Southwest Review, the Robert H. Winner prize from Poetry Society of America, and, from Paris Review, the Bernard F. Conners prize.  Her poems have appeared in such magazines and anthologies as Parnassus, Kenyon Review, Prairie Schooner, Yale Review, Poem in Your Pocket, The Best American Poetry, 180 More: Extraordinary Poems for Every Day, and the just-released anthology Seriously Funny: Poems About Love, God, War, Art, Sex, Madness, and Everything Else, edited by Barbara Hamby and David Kirby. She no longer tends bar, though she did for many years, but rather teaches in the MFA program at Stony Brook Southampton.
Rowan Ricardo Phillips is a poet, scholar, and translator. His poems have appeared in Granta, The Kenyon Review, The New Republic, The New Yorker, Harvard Review, The Iowa Review, and Callalo, among other venues. He is the author of When Blackness Rhymes with Blackness (Dalkey Archive, 2010) and a forthcoming collection of poems entitled The Ground. His translations from the Catalan have appeared most recently in The Review of Contemporary Fiction, Best European Fiction 2010 (edited by Aleksandar Hemon with an introduction by Zadie Smith), and the forthcoming Best European Fiction 2011. He has taught at Harvard and Columbia’s Graduate School of the Arts and is currently Associate Professor of English, Director of the English Graduate Program and Director of the Poetry Center at The State University of New York at Stony Brook. He lives in Greenwich Village and Barcelona.

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