March 21, Kundiman & Verlaine Reading

Lynn Aarti Chandhok, Cathy Linh Che, & Edmond Menchavez read.

Lynn Aarti Chandhok 's collection The View from Zero Bridge (Anhinga Press, 2007) won the Philip Levine Prize. She received a 2008 Glenna Luschei Prize from Prairie Schooner, as well as the 2006 Morton Marr Poetry Prize from Southwest Review. Her poems have appeared in The New Republic , The Hudson Review, and Missouri Review, on Poetry Daily, and in the anthologies Poetry Daily Essentials 2007 and Satellite Convulsions: Poems from Tin House. She lives in Brooklyn , New York and serves as poet-in-residence at Poly Prep, where she teaches high school writing and literature classes.  Chandhok spent her childhood summers in Kashmir with her father’s family. She travels frequently to India , now to the Kumaon region of the Himalayan foothills.

Cathy Linh Che is a recent graduate from New York University 's MFA Program, where she co-curated a reading series and worked as layout editor for Washington Square . She is currently an editorial assistant at New Directions Publishing and is in the process of gathering work for an anthology of poems written by the children of Vietnam War veterans.

Edmond Menchavez is a paralegal and breakdancer who scribbled in margins for years before it occured to him to read any of it. A native of the Philippines , he was nominated for the Gruber's Award for his writing portfolio at SUNY Binghamton. Ed has read before audiences ranging from elementary schools and hospitals to poetry venues and universities. He is currently working on a collection of poems titled "Still, Weightless, an Outlaw Star." Working in midtown by day, writing downtown by night, breakdancing in Brooklyn on weekends, Ed keeps his belongings in Harlem and his heart bouncing between it all.

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