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Poets Out Loud Reading to Feature PEN- and Pulitzer-Winning Poets

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Writer, poet, and professor Gregory Pardlo and poet-playwright Nick Flynn will co-headline a free evening of readings at Fordham’s Lincoln Center campus on Thursday, Nov. 19 at 7 p.m.

Pardlo took home the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for Digest (Four Way Books, 2014), and his poems, reviews, and translations have appeared in The American Poetry Review, Poet Lore, Harvard Review, and National Public Radio.

A native of Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, his poems range from pointedly arcane tomes that poke fun at academic discourse to intensely personal poems about shopping for groceries with his daughter or his anxieties about fatherhood.

Flynn’s most recent publication, The Reenactments (W.W. Norton & Company, 2013) chronicles his experience during the making of Being Flynn, a film based on his 2004 memoir, Another Bullshit Night in Suck City (W.W. Norton & Company, 2005).

He is also the author of three collections of poetry, including Some Ether (Graywolf Press, 2000), winner of the PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award for Poetry in 1999, Blind Huber (Graywolf Press, 2002), and The Captain Asks for a Show of Hands (Graywolf Press, 2011).

“Although these poets are different in many ways, in both cases, they precisely observe details of everyday life are electrified with biographical undertows and with allusions to national and cultural problems,” said Heather Dubrow, director of Poets Out Loud and the John D. Boyd, SJ Chair in the Poetic Imagination.

The event, which is co-sponsored by the Poetry Society of America (PSA), is part of Fordham’s Poets Out Loud reading series.

The readings will be followed by a panel discussion lead by PSA executive director Alice Quinn, and a drawing for a free inscribed copy of a book by the poets.

For more information, contact Heather Dubrow at (212) 636-6792 or hdubrow@fordham.edu

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