An Evening of Poetry Celebrating the Power of Voice.
Join Ink Knows No Borders: Poems of the Immigrant and Refugee Experience editor and author of My Shouting, Shattered, Whispering Voice: A Guide to Writing Poetry & Speaking Your Truth, Patrice Vecchione and anthology contributor Leila Chatti, author of the collection of poems, Deluge, for a reading and discussion.
Leila Chatti is a Tunisian-American poet and author of Deluge (Copper Canyon Press, 2020), winner of the 2021 Levis Reading Prize, the 2021 Luschei Prize for African Poetry, and longlisted for the 2021 PEN Open Book Award, and four chapbooks. Her honors include multiple Pushcart Prizes, grants from the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund and the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation, and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, and Cleveland State University, where she was the inaugural Anisfield-Wolf Fellow in Publishing and Writing. Her poems appear in TheNew York Times Magazine, The Nation, The Atlantic, POETRY, and elsewhere. She is currently the Grace Hazard Conkling Writer-in-Residence at Smith College and teaches in Pacific University’s M.F.A. program.
Poet, nonfiction writer and teacher Patrice Vecchione is the author of My Shouting, Shattered, Whispering Voice: A Guide to Writing Poetry & Speaking Your Truth. Vecchione is the editor several highly acclaimed anthologies for young adults, most recently, Ink Knows No Borders: Poems of the Immigrant and Refugee Experience, called a “vivid and vital collection” by TheWashington Post. She’s the author of Writing and the Spiritual Life and Step into Nature: Nurturing Imagination and Spirit in Everyday Life, and as well as two collections of poetry. For many years, Vecchione has taught poetry and creative writing to young people through her program, The Heart of the Word: Poetry and the Imagination. She is also a columnist for her local daily paper, The Monterey Herald. Patrice offers writing workshops for adults and children through her program The Heart of the Word.