The Second in our Three-Part Summer Poetry Salon Series
Date: 4:30pm EDT June 24, 2014
Our second Salon of the season features 2014 Cave Canem Fellow Jamaal May, poet Tarfia Faizullah, and musical group Harp & Soul.
Tarfia Faizullah is the author of Seam (SIU, 2014), winner of the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award. Her poems appear in American Poetry Review, The Missouri Review, The Southern Review, Massachusetts Review, Ninth Letter, New England Review, Washington Square, Best New Poets 2013, Poetry Daily, and elsewhere. A Kundiman fellow, she is the recipient of an AWP Intro Journals Project Award, a Ploughshares Cohen Award, a Fulbright Fellowship, a Copper Nickel Poetry Prize, a Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Prize, scholarships from Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and Sewanee Writers’ Conference, and fellowships from the Kenyon Review Writers’ Workshop and Vermont Studio Center. She lives in Detroit where she is a writer-in-residence for InsideOut and co-edits the Organic Weapon Arts Chapbook Press with Jamaal May. In Fall 2014, she will join the University of Michigan Helen Zell Writers’ Program as the Nicholas Delbanco Visiting Professor in Poetry.
Jamaal May is from Detroit, MI where he taught poetry in public schools and worked as a freelance audio engineer. His first book, Hum (Alice James Books, 2013), received the American Library Association’s Notable Book Award and an NAACP Image Award nomination. Other honors include the Indiana Review Prize, the Spirit of Detroit Award, the Stadler Fellowship, a Cave Canem Fellowship, and the 2014-2016 Kenyon Review Fellowship. Jamaal’s poems appear in such publications as The New Republic, The Believer, Poetry, Ploughshares, NYTimes.com, and Best American Poetry 2014. He co-directs the Organic Weapon Arts Chapbook and Video Series with Tarfia Faizullah.
Harp & Soul
An elegant mix of traditional music from the British Isles and beyond, performed by Meredith Hadaway (harp), Ben Bennington (guitar and vocals), and Rebekah Hardy (oboe), joined by Bob Ortiz (percussion). Lovely and lively!