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Dodge Poetry Festival

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Join us at the Dodge Poetry Festival in Newark, NJ this October! The Dodge Poetry Festival is the largest poetry event in North America, and we love being there. We'll present a reading featuring Eileen Huang, R.A. Villanueva, Vikas Menon, and Bushra Rehman. Find out more about the Dodge Poetry Festival here.

Eileen Huang is a freshman at Yale University. Her work has been recognized by the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, The Kenyon Review, and the Poetry Society of the UK. From 2015-2016, she served as one of five student poets in the National Student Poets Program, the nation's highest honor for youth poets presenting original work. She currently serves as a prose editor for TRACK//FOUR, a literary journal for writers of color.

Vikas K. Menon is a poet, playwright and songwriter. He was a 2015 Emerging Poets Fellow at Poets House and his poems have been featured in numerous publications, including Indivisible: An Anthology of South Asian American Poetry and The HarperCollins Book of English Poetry. He co-wrote Priya’s Shakti (, the first of a series of ongoing augmented reality comic books that address gender-based violence (GBV). He was also one of the co-writers of the shadowplay “Feathers of Fire” which is currently touring the country. His other plays have received readings at or been produced by Pratidhwani Theatre, Ruffled Feathers Theater Company, Ingenue Theatre and the Classical Theatre of Harlem. He is an Advisory Board Member of Kundiman, dedicated to nurturing generations of writers and readers of Asian American literature. He received his M.F.A (Poetry) from Brooklyn College and his M.A. in Literature from St. Louis University.

Bushra Rehman is a poet, novelist and teaching artist. Her poetry collection Marianna’s Beauty Salon, has been described by Joseph Legaspi as “a love poem for Muslim girls, Queens, and immigrants making sense of their foreign home--and surviving.” Her novel Corona, a dark comedy about being South Asian American, was noted by Poets & Writers among the year’s Best Debut Fiction and her co-edited anthology Colonize This! Young Women of Color on Today’s Feminism was chosen as one of Ms. Magazine's "100 Best Non-fiction Books of All Time." Rehman’s first YA novel Corona: Stories of a Queens Girlhood is forthcoming from Tor/Macmillan. She is creator of the community-based writing workshop Two Truths and a Lie: Writing Memoir and Autobiographical Fiction. Photo Credit: Jaishri Abichandani

R. A. Villanueva’s debut collection, Reliquaria, won the Prairie Schooner Book Prize and was published by the University of Nebraska Press. New writing appears in Poetry, the American Poetry Review, Guernica, Prac Crit, and widely elsewhere. His honors include a commendation from the Forward Prizes, a Ninth Letter Literary Award, and fellowships from Kundiman, the Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts, and The Asian American Literary Review. A founding editor of Tongue: A Journal of Writing & Art, he lives in Brooklyn.