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POETS IN THE ROUND: Yanyi, Shira Erlichman, and Asiya Wadud

By Cambridge Public Library

Join us for this special event in honor of National Poetry Month!

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6:30pm – 8pm

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POETS IN THE ROUND will feature three amazing poets, reading from their latest work and exploring the theme "But Also Hope" together: Shira Erlichman (Odes to Lithium), Yanyi (The Year of Blue Water) and Asiya Wadud (No Knowledge Is Complete Until It Passes Through My Body).

Yanyi is a writer and critic. He is the author of Dream of the Divided Field (One World Random House, forthcoming 2022) and The Year of Blue Water (Yale University Press 2019), winner of the 2018 Yale Series of Younger Poets Prize. His work has been featured in or at NPR's All Things Considered, New York Public Library, Tin HouseGranta, and A Public Space, and he is the recipient of fellowships from Asian American Writers' Workshop and Poets House. Currently, he is poetry editor at Foundry and giving creative advice at The Reading.

Born in Israel, now living in Brooklyn, Shira Erlichman is an author, visual artist, and musician. Her poems explore recovery – of language,of home, of mind. Being diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder a decade ago fundamentally changed her life and, wildly enough, deepened her love of being here. Her poetry book Odes to Lithium centers around her experiences with mental illness. 
She has been awarded the Audre Lorde Award for Lesbian Poetry, the James Merrill Fellowship by the Vermont Studio Center, the Visions of Wellbeing Focus Fellowship at AIR Serenbe, as well as a residency by the Millay Colony. She was a  Finalist for the Lambda Award and a Silver Medalist for the Nautilus Award. Her work has been featured in The Huffington Post, The Seattle Times, and The New York Times, among others. Shira is the founder of Freer Form, a portable creativity school.

Asiya Wadud is the author of Crosslight for Youngbird, day pulls down the sky/ a filament in gold leaf (written with Okwui Okpokwasili), Syncope and No Knowledge Is Complete Until It Passes Through My Body (Nighboat Books, 2021). Her recent writing appears in BOMB Magazine, Poem-a-Day, Chicago Review, Social Text, FENCE, and elsewhere. Asiya's work has been supported by the Foundation Jan Michalski, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Danspace Project, Brooklyn Poets, Dickinson House, Mount Tremper Arts, and the New York Public Library, among others. She lives in Brooklyn, New York where she teaches poetry at Saint Ann's School, Columbia University, and Pacific Northwest College of Art.