RETIREES CHAPTER PROGRAM
Featuring Award Winning CUNY Poets
All PSC Members Welcome
Last March, the PSC held an amazing literary event at Cooper Union: CUNY Writers Against Austerity. For Women's History Month, we are lucky to have the following award winning writers who read at that event, come and engage us with their poetry, writing and stories of teaching and learning:
Meena Alexander is a distinguished professor of English at Hunter College and the Graduate Center. Meena has published six volumes of poetry including Birthplace with Buried Stones (2013), Quickly Changing River (2008), Illiterate Heart (2002), winner of the PEN Open Book Award, and Raw Silk (2004). Her memoir, Fault Lines (1993, expanded edition 2003), was picked by Publishers Weekly as one of the Best Books of the Year. Her work has been translated into several languages and honored by multiple awards from foundations, arts councils and learned societies.
Page Delano is an associate professor at BMCC where she has taught since 2004. Before that time, she was an academic advisor in the Honors College at Hunter College, and taught widely throughout CUNY, as well as at Barnard College. Her collection of poems, No One with a Past Is Safe, was published by Word Press in 2002. Her academic writing focuses on women and war, with an emphasis on American women during World
Kimiko Hahn is a distinguished professor in the MFA Program in Creative Writing and Literary Translation at Queens College. Hahn is the author of three chapbooks and nine collections of poetry, including Brain Fever and Toxic Flora. Both of these are triggered by rarified fields of science in much the same manner that her previous works were triggered by Asian American identity, women's issues, necrophilia, entomology, premature burial, black lung disease, and on. Hahn, whose honors include multiple awards and fellowships, was elected president of the Poetry Society of America in 2016.
Joanna Sit has been a Medgar Evers College faculty member since 1992 and has received two PSC/CUNY Grants over the last five years. She is the author of My Last Century and In Thailand with the Apostles. Her upcoming books, expected in 2017, are Track Works, a poetry collection, and The Reincarnation of Red: An Oral History of Chinese Immigrants and Cantonese Opera in the 1960s.
Michelle Valladares is director of the MFA Program in Creative Writing at CCNY, where she teaches poetry and creative writing. A poet and film producer, she is the author of Nortada, The North Wind (Global City Press). Her poems have been published in The Literary Review, Upstreet Journal and in the anthologies, Language for a New Century: Contemporary Poetry from the Middle East, Asia & Beyond, (Norton) and The HarperCollins Book of English Poetry by Indians. Her poem "Papers and Pearls," published in Clockhouse, was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She has completed a new chapbook with poet Sam Greenhoe: Sonnets and Ghazals (Naive Press).
1 PM, PSC Union Hall. Light refreshments provided.