The Kenyon Review presents readings and conversation with Hanif Abdurraqib, Eloisa Amezcua and Emily Jungmin
Hanif Abdurraqib is a poet, essayist, and cultural critic from Columbus, Ohio. His poetry has been published in Muzzle, Vinyl, PEN American, and various other journals. His essays and music criticism have been published in The FADER, Pitchfork, The New Yorker, and The New York Times. His first full length poetry collection, "The Crown Ain’t Worth Much," was released in June 2016 from Button Poetry. It was named a finalist for the Eric Hoffer Book Prize, and was nominated for a Hurston-Wright Legacy Award. With Big Lucks, he released a limited edition chapbook, "Vintage Sadness," in summer 2017. His first collection of essays, "They Can’t Kill Us Until They Kill Us," was released in winter 2017 by Two Dollar Radio and was named a book of the year by Buzzfeed, Esquire, NPR, Oprah Magazine, Paste, CBC, The Los Angeles Review, Pitchfork, and The Chicago Tribune, among others. He is a Callaloo Creative Writing Fellow, an interviewer at Union Station Magazine, and a poetry editor at Muzzle Magazine. He is a member of the poetry collective Echo Hotel with poet/essayist Eve Ewing. His next books are "Go Ahead In The Rain," a biography of "A Tribe Called Quest" due out in 2019 by University of Texas Press, and "They Don’t Dance No’ Mo’," due out in 2020 by Random House.
Eloisa Amezcua is from Arizona. She earned a BA in English from the University of San Diego, where she was the recipient of the Lindsey J. Cropper Award for Creative Writing in Poetry selected by Ilya Kaminsky. In 2014, she completed the MFA program at Emerson College in Boston, MA. She’s received fellowships and scholarships from the MacDowell Colony, the Fine Arts Work Center, Vermont Studio Center, the Bread Loaf Translators’ Conference, the Vermont College of Fine Arts Post-Graduate Workshop, the Minnesota Northwoods Writers Conference, and the NY State Summer Writers Institute. Eloisa’s debut collection, From the Inside Quietly, is the inaugural winner of the Shelterbelt Poetry Prize selected by Ada Limón, (Shelterbelt Press, 2018). She is the author of three chapbooks: "On Not Screaming" (Horse Less Press, 2016), "Symptoms of Teething," winner of the 2016 Vella Chapbook Award (Paper Nautilus Press, 2017), and "Mexicamericana" (Porkbelly Press, 2017). The founding editor-in-chief of The Shallow Ends: A Journal of Poetry and founder of Costura Creative, Eloisa lives in Columbus, OH.
Emily Jungmin Yoon is the author of "Ordinary Misfortunes" (Tupelo Press, 2017), winner of the Sunken Garden Chapbook Prize, selected by Maggie Smith. Her first full-length collection, "A Cruelty Special to Our Species," is forthcoming from Ecco in 2018. Born in Busan, Republic of Korea, Yoon earned her BA in English and communication at the University of Pennsylvania and her MFA in creative writing at New York University, where she served as an award editor for the Washington Square Review and received a Starworks Fellowship. Her poems and translations have appeared or are forthcoming in the New Yorker, Poetry magazine, Columbia Journal Online, Pinwheel, and elsewhere. She is the poetry editor for The Margins, the literary magazine of the Asian American Writers’ Workshop, and is pursuing a PhD in Korean literature in the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago. In 2017, Yoon was a recipient of the Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation.
A Q&A session and a book signing will follow the reading/conversation.
Tuesday, February 26 at 4:10pm
Cheever Room in Finn House
102 West Wiggin Street, Gambier, OH 43022