Jennifer Egan, Maggie Siff, Ocean Vuong and more at 92Y in May

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92Y’s Unterberg Poetry Center will feature readings and conversations featuring acclaimed actors, authors and poets in May, including: Pulitzer Prize winner Jennifer Egan, Ocean Vuong, as well as Maggie Siff, Eisa Davis and Tracy K. Smith, among others. Full details are below.

OCEAN VUONG AND QUAN BARRY

***In person and online***

Monday, May 2, 7:30 p.m., From $15

Ocean Vuong, a poet and novelist whose previous works include Night Sky with Exit Wounds and On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous, is now publishing Time is a Mother, her second collection of poems. “It is a haunting, inconsolable book, and at the same time playful, generous in spirit, tender and inimitable”, writes Ilya Kaminsky. Quan Barry, a poet and novelist whose previous works include Loose Strife and We Ride Upon Sticks, is now publishing When I’m Gone, Look for Me in the East, her third novel. “It’s excellent and immersive, a full-throat dive into a very specific and fascinating world,” Lit Hub wrote. “Technically about twin brothers on a quest for the reincarnation of a famous llama

JENNIFER EGAN AND DON LEE

***In person and online***

Thursday, May 5, 7:30 p.m., From $20

Jennifer Egan’s new novel is The Candy House, a “sister” novel to her Pulitzer Prize-winning A Visit from the Goon Squad. “Moving through a myriad of viewpoints, narrative styles and divergent voices, Egan proves to be more insightful than an interpreter of the necessity of human connection, and her vision is as compelling as the technology she describes” , wrote Publishers Weekly. Don Lee’s new storybook is The Partition. “It’s downright brilliant: a witty, kaleidoscopic tear through issues of race and identity in America today by a writer who has for years forged luminous fiction from these issues,” said writes Jennifer Egan.

LUCILLE CLIFTON’S GENERATIONS:

A READING OF EISA DAVIS,
AND A CONVERSATION WITH
TRACY K. SMITH

***In person and online***

Monday, May 9, 7:30 p.m., From $20

Who remembers the names of the slaves? Only children of slaves.

Acclaimed actress, playwright and musical performer Eisa Davis (Bulrusher, Angela’s Mixtape, Passing Strange) reads excerpts from Lucille Clifton’s classic family memoir, Generations, upon its re-release by New York Review Books. Originally published in 1976, Generations is a powerful work of prose by a great American poet. “Lucille Clifton takes the opportunity of her father’s funeral to bear witness to the lives lived and the marks left by the generations of people from whom she descends. These are first names, dates and places”, writes Tracy K. Smith, in his introduction to the new edition. “Once named, these parents do not arrive alone, but in droves, driven by the rhythm and inflection of voices. Clifton teased these lives, allowing them to demand their rightful place, to hold our undivided attention. , to teach us things about themselves and about ourselves.”

Davis’ reading will be followed by a conversation with Smith, former American Poet Laureate and author of Such Color: New and Selected Poems.

“THE GLASS ESSAY” BY ANNE CARSON
A MAGGIE SIFF READING

***In person and online***

Thursday, May 12, 7:30 p.m., From $20

Every time I visit my mother / I feel like I’m turning into Emily Brontë, / my lonely life around me like a moor…

Acclaimed actress Maggie Siff (Billions, Mad Men) performs Anne Carson’s classic poem, “The Glass Essay.”

“Read ‘The Glass Essay’ – a poem richer than most novels these days. See how in its utter clarity of storytelling it weaves and confuses one theme with another, how it works in the Brontës as dim to preside over the poem and haunt it, how it tells two strong stories with Tolstoyan skill,” wrote Guy Davenport. “It is a boldly new kind of poem. Anne Carson’s powers of invention are seemingly endless.”

POETRY DISCOVERY CONTEST:
READING WINNERS

***In person and online***

Thursday, May 19, 7:30 p.m., free, tickets here

The 92Y Discovery Poetry Competition has long recognized outstanding work by poets who have yet to publish a book. Many of these writers – John Ashbery, Mark Strand, Lucille Clifton, Ellen Bryant Voigt, Brigit Pegeen Kelly, Mary Jo Bang and Solmaz Sharif, among others – became leading voices of their generations.
Join us for this free read with this year’s contest winners: Jada Renée Allen, Sasha Burshteyn, April Goldman and Kristina Martino.

This year’s preliminary judges were Timothy Donnelly and Sumita Chakraborty. Victoria Chang, Brian Teare and Phillip B. Williams served as final judges.

MARTIN ESPADA AND
RAQUEL SALAS RIVERA

***In person and online***

Friday, May 27, From $15

Martín Espada’s latest collection of poems, Floaters, won the 2021 National Book Prize. “Espada has long established himself as one of our most prolific and important poets, his work a canon in itself” , wrote John Murillo. “In addition to its characteristic blend of seriousness, humor and boisterous imagination, [in Floaters] we get a more vulnerable Espada, a more intimate voice than anything we’ve heard from him before.

Raquel Salas Rivera’s new collection is antes que isla es volcán (before the island was a volcano). Daniel Borzutsky wrote: “Since the Tertiary, one of the most important books of our time, Raquel Salas Rivera has documented – with acumen, clarity and beauty – the colonial hole, creating invigorating books, in multiple languages, and channeling multiple universes, to offer us the words we need to ward off the nations they send to kill us.”

For more information visit www.92Y.org


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