The American Poetry Review feat. Bruce Smith @Urban Jungle



Saturday Oct. 19 · 9:30pm
Urban Jungle, 1526 E Passyunk Ave.
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Founded in 1972 in Philadelphia, The American Poetry Review is dedicated to reaching a worldwide audience with a diverse array of the best contemporary poetry and literary prose, and has presented the work of over 2,000 writers, among whom there are nine Nobel Prize laureates and forty-three Pulitzer Prize winners.

For this special evening, join us as APR contributors Bruce Smith, Daisy Fried, Sebastian Agudelo, Jason Schneiderman, and Jaamil Kosoko all read.

Originally from Philadelphia, Bruce Smith is the author of several books of poems, including The Other Lover (2000), a finalist for both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize. Influenced by Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson, Smith’s poetry moves like jazz, incorporating images and narratives into a startling, musically unified whole. In a 2007 interview, Smith explained his poetry’s aspiration to song: “When the language works to seduce and . . . move us, when it works its blues on us, bounces us and trembles us, makes us swerve from our upright and rational propositions . . . we are thinking and listening at the same time or really listening and not thinking, like a good song does.”

Daisy Fried is the author of Women’s Poetry: Poems and Advice(2013), praised by the New York Times as “commanding…biting and hilarious;” as well as My Brother is Getting Arrested Again(2006) and She Didn’t Mean to Do It (2000), all from University of Pittsburgh Press.

Jason Schneiderman is the author of Striking Surface (Ashland Poetry Press, 2010) and Sublimation Point (Four Way Books, 2004). “Sweet, funny, sad, true…like a perfect pop song, [these poems] makes the listener glad to be alive.” – Wayne Koestenbaum

Sebastian Agudelo is the author of Each Chartered Street (2013) and To the Bone, selected by Mark Doty as the winner of the Saturnalia Books Poetry Prize in 2008. “Both poet and chef, Agudelo scrubs and knifes language with utmost skill…. perhaps nowhere since Proust do lines stoke or stroke the senses with such clarity and sensuality as they do here…”–Gary Joseph Cohen from Lana Turner

Originally from Detroit, Jaamil Olawale Kosoko is a Nigerian-American curator, producer, poet, choreographer, and performance artist. He was a 2012 Live Arts Brewery Fellow as a part of the Philadelphia Live Arts Festival.

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