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Free Write with Jacqueline Jones LaMon
The Literary Practice of Fortunes, Braids, and Twists

January 21, 2022
1:00 - 2:30 PM EST

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Join poet, writer and educator Jacqueline Jones LaMon for a ninety-minute workshop exploring the revelatory practice of creating synapse.  In this session, open to writers and poets of all genres and expressions, we will find connection in disconnection, meaning in synchronicity, and understanding in the midst of chaos.  Expect to be surprised at what you learn about yourself and discover new origins of creativity.

Jacqueline Jones LaMon is the author of the poetry collections, What Water Knows (Northwestern University Press, forthcoming June 2021), Last Seen, a Felix Pollak Poetry Prize selection, and Gravity, U.S.A., recipient of the Quercus Review Press Poetry Series Book Award; and the novel, In the Arms of One Who Loves Me. A graduate of Mount Holyoke College and UCLA School of Law, Ms. LaMon earned her M.F.A. in Creative Writing, Poetry, from Indiana University Bloomington.

Ms. LaMon’s work has appeared in a wide variety of publications such as POETRY, Prairie Schooner, Callaloo,Narrative Magazine, Ninth Letter, Mythium, Bellevue Literary Review, and Crab Orchard Review. Noted by the NAACP in the category of Outstanding Literary Work, Poetry, Ms. LaMon is the recipient of fellowships from the BAU Institute at the Camargo Foundation, The Kimbilio Center for African American Fiction, the Yaddo Foundation, the Fine Arts Work Center, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and many others. She spent her childhood in Brooklyn, New York, and served as board member and past president of Cave Canem Foundation, Inc. A member of the National Council for Graywolf Press, Ms. LaMon has taught for over a decade in the multi-genre M.F.A. program at Adelphi University, where she currently holds the position of Vice President of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.



Free Write with Kirun Kapur

February 4, 2022
1:00 - 2:30 PM EST

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Kirun Kapur's newest book, Women in the Waiting Room, was a finalist for the National Poetry Series and is out now from Black Lawrence Press(2020). Poet Aimee Nezhukumatathil calls it “a must-read for these times and beyond.” Her first collection, Visiting Indira Gandhi's Palmist, was awarded the 2013 Antivenom Poetry Award and was a finalist for the Mass Book Prize, the Julie Suk Award and several other prizes. Described as a “stellar debut by a major new voice” (Andre Dubus III), it was published in 2015 by Elixir Press.

Kirun grew up in Hawaii and has since lived and worked in North America and South Asia. Her first job as a writer was for India’s groundbreaking feminist magazine Manushi and from there her travels took her through Asia, the Middle East and North Africa. Stateside, her work has appeared in PloughsharesAGNI, Poetry International, Prairie Schooner and many other journals and news outlets. She has taught creative writing at Boston University, Brandeis University, and has been granted fellowships from The Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Vermont Studio Center and MacDowell Colony. Additional honors include the Arts & Letters Rumi Prize in Poetry, a Best of the Net award, the Nazim Hikmet Prize and the Glenna Luschei award. In 2015, NBCNews named her to their list of Asian-American Poets to Watch.

Kirun serves as the editor of the Beloit Poetry Journal, one of nation’s oldest poetry publications and teaches at Amherst College where she is the director of the Creative Writing Program. She lives north of Boston with her family. To learn more, visit her at kirunkapur.com.





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