The Poetry Reading Series at Pacific Standard
Featuring Joshua Beckman, Eric Gamalinda, & Sara Femenella
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Please join us for our upcoming Chin Music reading featuring three fine poets: Joshua Beckman, Eric Gamalinda, and Sara Femenella. Series curated by Bryan Patrick Miller.
Joshua Beckman was born in New Haven, Connecticut. He is the author of seven books, including Take It (Wave Books, 2009), Shake and two collaborations with Matthew Rohrer: Nice Hat. Thanks. and Adventures While Preaching the Gospel of Beauty. He is an editor at Wave Books and has translated numerous works of poetry and prose, including 5 Meters of Poems by Carlos Oquendo de Amat and Poker by Tomaz Salamun, which was a finalist for the PEN America Poetry in Translation Award. He is also the recipient of numerous other awards, including a NYFA fellowship and a Pushcart Prize. He lives in Seattle and New York.
Eric Gamalinda has published two books of poetry in the U.S., one of which, Zero Gravity, won the Alice James Books New York/New England Prize and the Asian American Literary Award. He was born and raised in the Philippines, where he published numerous books of fiction and a collection of poetry and was awarded the Philippine Centennial Literary Prize for a novel. In 2009, he was shortlisted for the 2009 Man Asian Literary Prize. A book of short stories, People Are Strange, will be published by Black Lawrence Press in fall 2011. He is also a playwright and experimental filmmaker; his three-act play, Resurrection, was staged off-Broadway in New York in 2010, and he has received the Cultural Center of the Philippines Independent Film and Video Awards. He was publications director of the Asian American Writers Workshop until 1997, Distinguished Visiting Writer at the University of Hawaii in Manoa in 1999, and Visiting Scholar at New York University’s Asia Pacific American Studies Program in 2002-03. He currently works for the New York Philharmonic and teaches at Columbia University’s Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race.
Sara Femenella's work had been published or is forthcoming in The Denver Quarterly, Pleiades, Dossier, The Normal School and The Saint Ann's Review. She received her MFA from Columbia University and works at Poets & Writers Magazine.