event details

Apr 2015
7:00 pm
Literati Bookstore
124 E Washington St.
Ann Arbor, MI

Celebrating National Poetry Month—A reading with Jamaal May, Tarfia Faizullah, & Matthew Olzmann



Ann Arbor, Michigan, April 30, 2015

One Pause Poetry Series welcomes nationally acclaimed poets Jamaal May and Matthew Olzmann to Literati Bookstore in downtown Ann Arbor. These poets, both in the beginning of their careers, offer an entirely new take on the lyric poem, varying in form, exposition, and process.

Jamaal May was born and raised in Detroit. His first book, Hum (2013), won a Beatrice Hawley Award and an American Library Association Notable Book Award and was an NAACP Image Award nominee. Hum explores machines, technology, obsolescence, and community; in an interview, May stated of his first book, “Ultimately, I’m trying to say something about dichotomy, the uneasy spaces between disparate emotions, and by extension, the uneasy spaces between human connection.” May’s honors and awards include a Spirit of Detroit Award, fellowships from Cave Canem, Bread Loaf, The Frost Place, the Lannan Foundation, and the Stadler Center for Poetry at Bucknell University. He is the 2014–2016 Kenyon Review Fellow at Kenyon College and a recipient of the Civitella Ranieri Fellowship in Italy. May has taught poetry in Detroit public schools and worked as a freelance sound engineer. He has taught in the Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA program and codirects, with Tarfia Faizullah, the Organic Weapon Arts Chapbook and Video Series.

Poet, educator, and editor Tarfia Faizullah is the author of Register of Eliminated Villages (Graywolf 2017) and Seam (SIU 2014), the 2015 winner of a VIDA Award and GLCA New Writers’ Award. Recent poems appear in Poetry Magazine, jubilat, New England Review and are anthologized in Best New Poets 2013, The Breakbeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop (Haymarket 2015), Please Excuse This Poem: 100 New Poets for the Next Generation (Penguin 2015), and elsewhere. A recipient of a Pushcart Prize, Tarfia is the Nicholas Delbanco Visiting Professor of Poetry at the University of Michigan and co-directs Organic Weapon Arts with Jamaal May.

Poet Matthew Olzmann was born in Detroit and lived for 15 years in Hamtramck, Michigan. A former Kundiman fellow, his first collection of poems, Mezzanines (2013), won a Kundiman Poetry Prize and was published by Alice James Books. The Los Angeles Review of Books praised the book, stating, "There’s something inherently spiritual about Olzmann’s Mezzanines. . . . It’s a place of reflection and contemplation, a temporary reprieve from the world’s chaos and a reach for a vision of paradise." His honors and awards include fellowships from the Kresge Arts Foundation, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and the Kenyon Review Writers Workshop. With Ross White, Olzmann edited Another & Another: An Anthology from the Grind Daily Writing Series (2012). He is the poetry editor of the Collagist and in 2012 was the Joan Beebe Teaching Fellow at Warren Wilson College.

April 30, 7-9pm: Reading with Jamaal May, Tarfia Faizullah, and Matthew Olzmann. Reception and book-signing to follow.

All readings and conversations are FREE and open to the public.

Location: Literati Bookstore, 124 E Washington St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104. (734) 585-5567.

One Pause Poetry is part of the nonprofit arts organization Copper Colored Mountain Arts, which serves Southeastern Michigan.

The One Pause poetry series is named after the 15th-century poet Ikkyu Sojun. In 15th century Japan, one was not considered human if they did not read, write, and know poetry, so ingrained was poetry in the culture. It’s something One Pause aspires to here and now. One Pause presents a series of FREE public readings each year, an annual fall conference, lectures, and workshops. One Pause Poetry and its programs are sponsored by the Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Ann Arbor Arts Alliance.

CONTACT: Sarah Messer, One Pause Poetry Website: www.onepausepoetry.org. Email: sarah@onepausepoetry.org.

Celebrating National Poetry Month—A reading with Jamaal May, Tarfia Faizullah, & Matthew Olzmann

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