The Pine Box Capitol Hill
Tue., March 15, 8 p.m. 2016
This opener gives audiences a sense of the range of writers APRIL welcomes every year. Alejandro de Acosta can read any of his translations and I'll be happy. Last time I saw him, he read a hilarious and touching translation of a poem about a recently rejected and spurned radical poet. Sara Jaffe will be joining us from Portland with her newly released novel from Tin House, Dryland. And if her blog is any indication, comic and Short Run Festival codirector Kelly Froh will read from her Senior Time series.
This will also be your first opportunity to meet 2016 APRIL writer-in-residence Jenny Zhang, author of Dear Jenny, We Are All Find from Octopus Books. Unfamiliar with this NYC-based poet/essayist/Rookie contributor? (A) You're missing out. (B) Here's a crash course: Read her poem "I Would Have No Pubes If I Were Truly in Love" on The Hairpin. It's about suffering and the self (and pubes). Go to Rookie's website and read "Far Away from Me," an essay about "Across the Sea," by Weezer, which she calls a "big, whiny, humblebraggy, creepy men's rights activist's anthem." And then read her essay about the Best American Poetry 2015/Michael Derrick Hudson yellowface scandal and her experiences as a Chinese American in the literary world in "They Pretend to Be Us While Pretending We Don't Exist," which can be found on BuzzFeed. You're gonna want to read a whole lot more after that, but that's fine. You'll make time. RICH SMITH
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