Innisfree This Week: Monday February 17th thru Saturday February 22nd
Monday February 17th at 7PM at Innisfree: RAP Lab
Diversity at CU-Boulder: a public forum with the RAP Lab
Please join the Laboratory for Race and Popular Culture for a panel and forum to discuss the social and cultural climate of the CU campus, particularly for minority students. Our conversation is meant to foster discussions on what diversity means on the CU campus and to deepen awareness of the complex living histories that our students and peers negotiate as young people in the 21st century. We bring back Denver-based poet-activist Dominique Christina to share some poetry and lend an outside perspective to our conversation about what works well and what needs work with respect to diversity on campus.
Topics will include the controversy surrounding Sociology 1004: Deviance in US Society; the good, bad, and ugly strategies weâ€™ve seen for teaching about social difference at CU; and a continuation of the conversation from our â€śCruel Summerâ€ť event about race and popular culture in contemporary America. Special guest Professor Bianca Williams (Ethnic Studies) will join Jack Hamilton (RAP Lab postdoctoral researcher), Judy Strathearn (PhD Candidate in English) and Dominique Christina on the panel. Alex Corey, the RAP Lab manager, will moderate the discussion.
Tuesday February 18 at 7PM – Weekly Open Poetry Reading hosted by Asa Lott
Wednesday February 19th at 7PM: Rivvy Neshama
RECIPES FOR A SACRED LIFE: True Stories and a Few Miracles
Stories to warm the heart and soul
From dancing to forgiving, from walking at dawn to sharing dinner with a stranger, Rivvy Neshama invites us to find the sacred â€” in unexpected places and everyday life. These short, true tales are magical yet down-to-earth, connecting us more deeply with love, joy, and purpose.
Rivvy Neshama is a writer and community organizer whose spiritual path draws from many sources: Eastern and Western religions, Native traditions, and her mom. She has been a teacher and social worker in Harlem, a campaign manager in Boulder, and the founding development director of Boulder’s Intercambio: Uniting Communities. Neshama’s stories have appeared in Ms., Glamour, and The New York Times. She lives in Boulder, Colorado.
Thursday February 20th at 7PM: Innisfree Staff Reading:
Anna, Nick, Adam, Jordan, Indigo, Brian, Ariella, Lex, Jacquelyn, Emily, and Kathryn
Come see your corner-poetry-staff read their verse.
Friday February 21st at 7PM – Innisfree: Josh Edwards, Lynn Xu, Robert Fernandez and Mary Hickman
Lynn Xu was born in Shanghai. Her poems have appeared in 6×6, 1913, Best American Poetry 2008, Boston Review, Octopus, Poor Claudia, and elsewhere. A chapbook, June, was published by Corollary Press in 2006, and her first full-length collection, Debts & Lessons, was published by Omnidawn in 2013. She co-edits Canarium Books.
Robert Fernandez was born in Hartford, grew up in Miami, and now lives in Nebraska. He’s the author of Pink Reef (2013) and We Are Pharaoh (2011), both published by Canarium Books. His poems have appeared in Boston Review, Conjunctions, Volt, The Canary, American Letters & Commentary, and elsewhere. He was selected as a New American Poet by the Poetry Society of America, and he is the recipient of a Gertrude Stein Award for Innovative Poetry and a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Joshua Edwards directs and co-edits Canarium Books. Heâ€™s the author of Imperial Nostalgias (Ugly Duckling, 2013) and Campeche (with photographs by his father, Van Edwards; Noemi, 2011) and the translator of Mexican poet MarĂa Barandaâ€™s Ficticia (Shearsman, 2010).
Mary Hickman lives in Nebraska, where she is completing a PhD in English and a book of poems. Her poems have appeared in Colorado Review, Action Yes, jubilat, and Boston Review, where she was selected, by Robyn Schiff, for a poet’s sampler. She is also the author of Ecce Animot, a Projective Industries chapbook. With Robert Fernandez, she is thinking of ways to revive the micro-press Cosa Nostra Editions, which published early works by Lucy Ives, Jon Leon, Anthony Madrid, and others.
Saturday February 22nd at 7PM: Ruth Ellen Kocher
Ruth Ellen Kocher will be reading from her new release: Goodbye Lyric, The Gigans & Lovely Gun (Sheep Meadow Press).
â€śThis versatile poet blinks at nothing under the stars.â€ťâ€”Al Young
â€śIf we are all sometimes lost, as these haunting poems recognize, the gift is that we are lost in this world, a world Kocherâ€™s compelling and often searingly tender voice speaks from.â€ťâ€”Beckian Fritz Goldberg
RUTH ELLEN KOCHER is associate Chair of the English Department and Director of the Creative Writing Program at the University of Colorado, Boulder.