Come hear 3 Hudson River Valley Powerhouse Poets, Shira Dentz, Wendy Chin-Tanner, and Adam Tedesco read from their new poetry collections.

SHIRA DENTZ is the author of five books and two chapbooks, including door of thin skins (CavanKerry Press, 2014), how do i net thee (Salmon Poetry, 2018), FLOUNDERS (Essay Press, 2016), and the sun a blazing zero (Lavender Ink/Diálogos, 2019). Her writing appears widely in venues including Poetry, American Poetry Review,Iowa Review, Brooklyn Rail, Academy of American Poets’ Poem-a-Day series, and NPR. Her poems have received awards including an Academy of American Poets’ Prize, Poetry Society of America’s Lyric Poem Award, and Poetry Society of America’s Cecil Hemley Memorial Award. A graduate of Iowa Writer’s Workshop, she holds a PhD in Creative Writing and Literature from the University of Utah, and currently is Special Features Editor at Tarpaulin Sky and teaches creative writing at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Upstate NY.

the sun a blazing zero tracks the vibrations of a receding world that hasn’t yet entirely vanished. Its language-map moves towards intensifying a lyric field to articulate experiences that lack vocabulary, and to ride with/not rebut the noise of information-overload in contemporary psyches. A feminist assemblage, the sun a blazing zero weaves the personal and sociopolitical through shifting shutter speeds.

WENDY CHIN-TANNER is the author of the poetry collection Turn (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2014), which was a finalist for the Oregon Book Award, co-author of the graphic novel American Terrorist (A Wave Blue World, 2012), and of the poetry collection Anyone Will Tell You (Sibling Rivaly Press, 2019). She is a founding editor at Kin Poetry Journal, poetry editor at The Nervous Breakdown, and co-founder of A Wave Blue World, an independent publishing company for graphic novels. Wendy is a trained sociologist specializing in race, identity, discourse analysis, and culture, and continues to write and educate on these topics as well as poetry. Born and raised in New York City and educated at Cambridge University, UK, Wendy is the mother of two daughters and the proud daughter of immigrants.

THE POEMS IN Anyone Will Tell You explore and subvert form as an expression of the relationships between gender and identity, parent and child, self and other, humanity and the environment, and Earth and the cosmos. Distillation, fluidity, elision, and musicality are all hallmarks of this collection, which relies on the rhythm of the English language to expand the possibilities of meaning from line to line. Investigating the experience of the maternal body and its interaction with technology, Anyone Will Tell You embodies the second wave feminist edict that the personal is political.

Poet and video artist ADAM TEDESCO is a founding editor of REALITY BEACH, an expansive poetry journal and press, and the author of the poetry collection Mary Oliver (Lithic Press, 2019). His video work has been shown at MoMA PS1, among other venues. His recent poetry, essays and interviews have appeared in Laurel Review, Posit, Powderkeg, Prelude, Fanzine, Fence, Tarpaulin Sky, and elsewhere. He is also the author of several chapbooks including ABLAZA (Lithic, 2016) and ASO 8691:2004 (Really Serious Literature, 2017) and Misrule (Ursus Americanus, 2019).

Mary Oliver follows a breadcrumb trail of the author’s self-reflective journey through divorce, addiction, mental illness, recovery, and love. Employing a style oscillating between dark surrealism and confessional meta-realism, this collection traces a poet’s inner voice from inhalation to final echo. With poems arranged as a hall of mirrors, Mary Oliver’s focus shifts between landscapes natural and constructed, interior and sociological, abjection, and the desire for a return to awe.

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