Chin Music: The Pacific Standard Poetry Reading Series
Featuring Quraysh Ali Lansana, Gregory Pardlo and Mytili Jagannathan
Thursday, December 4th @ 7:00PM
Pacific Standard Bar
82 Fourth Avenue
(between St. Marks and Bergen Streets)
Please join us for our next evening of Chin Music, the Pacific Standard Poetry Reading Series. On December 4th, we are excited to present three fine poets: Quraysh Ali Lansana, Gregory Pardlo and Mytili Jagannathan. Our final reading of the 2008 Season, on December 11th, will feature Yusef Komunyakaa and Idra Novey. Series curated by Colin Cheney.
Please note our earlier reading time of 7:00PM.
Located on Fourth Avenue in downtown Brooklyn, near the Atlantic/Pacific subway hub, Pacific Standard is a literary bar serving up eighteen microbrews on tap and cask (including both West Coast and local breweries), fine wines and liquors, and tasty snacks like chips and salsa, and meat and cheese plates.
Quraysh Ali Lansana is author of THEY SHALL RUN: HARRIET TUBMAN POEMS (Third World Press, 2004), SOUTHSIDE RAIN (Third World Press, 2000) and THE BIG WORLD, a children's book, (Addison-Wesley, 1999). He has edited and co-edited several anthologies, including AFRICAN AMERICAN LITERATURE READER (Glencoe/McGraw-Hill, 2001) and ROLE CALL: A GENERATIONAL ANTHOLOGY OF SOCIAL AND POLITICAL BLACK LITERATURE AND ART (Third World Press, 2002). He is Director of the Gwendolyn Brooks Center for Black Literature and Creative Writing at Chicago State University, where he is Associate Professor of English and Creative Writing.
Gregory Pardlo’s first book, TOTEM, won the APR/Honickman Prize in 2007, and was a finalist for the Essence Magazine Literary Award in poetry. He the recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship and a translation grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. He has received additional fellowships from the New York Times, the MacDowell Colony, and Cave Canem African American Poet’s Workshop. His poems, reviews and translations have appeared in American Poetry Review, Calalloo, Gulf Coast, Lyric, Painted Bride Quarterly, Ploughshares, Seneca Review, Volt, Black Renaissance/ Renaissance Noir, and on National Public Radio.
Mytili Jagannathan lives in Philadelphia, where she's been actively involved in the community arts work of the Asian Arts Initiative. She is the author of ACTS, a chapbook from Habenicht Press, and her poems have appeared in EOAGH, Rattapallax, Combo, Interlope, Mirage#4/Period[ical], Xcp: Cross-Cultural Poetics, and Fanzine. She is the recipient of an Emerging Artist grant from the Leeway Foundation and a Pew Fellowship in the Arts.