Book Launch — If Some God Shakes Your House
Jennifer Franklin holds degrees in poetry from Brown University and Columbia University School of the Arts. She has published two full-length collections, most recently No Small Gift (Four Way Books, 2018). Her third book, If Some God Shakes Your House, will be published by Four Way Books in 2023. A recent recipient of both a CRCF Literature Grant and a City Artist Corps NYFA grant for poetry, she lives in New York City. Her work has been published or is forthcoming in American Poetry Review, Barrow Street, Bennington Review, Blackbird, Boston Review, Gettysburg Review, Guernica, JAMA, The Nation, the Paris Review, “poem-a-day” on poets.org, Prairie Schooner, and Rhino. Her poem, “Memento Mori: Pistachios,” was featured in the Poetry Society of America’s Poetry in Motion, Rhode Island in February 2021. For the past ten years, she has taught manuscript revision at the Hudson Valley Writers Center where she serves as Program Director. She also teaches in the MFA Program at Manhattanville College. For more about Franklin’s poetry, visit jenniferfranklinpoet.com.
D. Nurkse is the author of twelve collections of poetry, most recently “A Country of Strangers” (a “new and selected”), “Love in The Last Days: After Tristan and Iseult”, “A Night in Brooklyn”, “The Border Kingdom”, “Burnt Island”, and "The Fal"l, from Alfred Knopf. He’s the recipient of a Literature Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Guggenheim fellowship in poetry, two National Endowment for the Arts fellowships, two New York Foundation for the Arts fellowships, the Whiting Writers Award, and prizes from The Poetry Foundation and the Tanne Foundation. He served as poet laureate of Brooklyn from 1996 to 2001. His work has been translated into French, Russian, Italian, Estonian, and other languages. In 2011, a third edition of “Voices Over Water”, an earlier collection, was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for best book of poetry published in the U.K. The publisher, CB Editions, London, also brought out a British edition of “A Night in Brooklyn”.
Mervyn Taylor is a Trinidad-born poet who divides his time between Brooklyn, NY, and his native island. A St. Mary’s old boy, he is a graduate of Howard and Columbia Universities, where he had the opportunity of being under the tutelage of such luminaries as the great folk poet Sterling Brown, and Nobel laureates Derek Walcott and Joseph Brodsky. Taylor went on to teach at many institutions, including Bronx Community College, The Young Adult Learning Academy, The New School University, and in the NYC public school system, being nominated best teacher several times over. Now retired, he devotes most of his time to his writing, having published six collections of poetry to date.
Location: 2020 Broadway, New York, NY 10023, United States
Time: 6:30 PM — 8:00 PM EDT