September 1: Bryant Park Word for Word Reading

Kundiman partners with Bryant Park's Word for Word Reading Series to present a delightful en plein air reading.

Featuring poets:
Lo Kwa Mei-en
Rickey Laurentiis
Brenda Shaughnessy
Wendy Xu

Tuesday, September 1st, 7PM
Bryant Park Reading Room
6th Avenue and 42nd Street

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Lo Kwa Mei-en is the author of YEARLING (Alice James Books 2015), winner of the Kundiman Poetry Prize. Her poems can be found in Black Warrior Review, Boston Review, Guernica, Gulf Coast, The Kenyon Review, and other journals. She is from Singapore and Ohio, where she currently lives and works.

Rickey Laurentiis is the author of Boy with Thorn, selected by Terrance Hayes for the 2014 Cave Canem Poetry Prize, forthcoming from University of Pittsburgh Press in Fall 2015. He is the recipient of 2013 Creative Writing Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and a 2012 Ruth Lilly Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation. 

Brenda Shaughnessy was born in Okinawa, Japan, and grew up in southern California. She is the author of Our Andromeda (2012), Human Dark with Sugar (2008), winner of the James Laughlin Award and a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and Interior with Sudden Joy (1999). Shaughnessy’s poems have appeared in Best American Poetry, Harper’s, The Nation, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, and The Rumpus. She is an assistant professor of English at Rutgers University, Newark and lives in New Jersey with her husband, son, and daughter.

WENDY XU is the author of You Are Not Dead (Cleveland State University Poetry Center, 2013) and the recipient of a 2014 Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowship