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Winter Poetry Salon with Pen Parentis

Date: 01/14/2020

Time: 7:00pm
Where: LMHQ, 150 Broadway, 20th Floor, New York NY
Fee: $10

Incredible award-winning poets read from current work and discuss poetry and life-work balance. Laughter, conversation, complimentary wine.
Meet exemplary poets Timothy Donnelly, Diane Mehta, Len Lawson and Sarah Kain Gutowski in conversation with M. M. De Voe and Christina Chiu at our annual Winter Poetry Salon - where the audience and the poets really get to know each other!
The fanciful LMHQ event space hosts this January Pen Parentis literary event at 150 Broadway 20th floor.
Tuesday, January 14th
7:00pm - 9:00pm
$10 suggested donation
Free if you are a supporting Title Member of Pen Parentis, a Salons regular, or if you are in need. All lovers of the written word are always welcome, 21+, complimentary wine and refreshments
A limited number of books may be available for purchase for signings. Feel free to bring your own.
Timothy Donnelly is the author of Twenty-seven Props for a Production of Eine Lebenszeit, The Cloud Corporation (winner of the 2012 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Prize), and most recently, The Problem of the Many. With John Ashbery and Geoffrey G. O’Brien, he is coauthor of Three Poets, and his chapbook Hymn to Life was published in 2014 by Factory Hollow Press. His poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, The New Yorker, The Nation, The New Republic, The Paris Review, Poetry, Poetry London, and elsewhere, as well as in the Best American Poetry and Pushcart Prize anthologies. Donnelly is a recipient of a Columbia Distinguished Faculty Award, the Poetry Society of America’s Alice Fay di Castagnola Award and Paris Review’s Bernard F. Connors Prize as well as fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Lannan Foundation, and New York State’s Writers Institute. He is Director of Poetry at the Writing Program of Columbia University’s School of the Arts.
Sarah Kain Gutowski is the author of Fabulous Beast: Poems, selected as runner-up for the 2018 X.J. Kennedy Prize, and Fabulous Beast: The Sow, a chapbook. Her writing has been published in various print and online journals, including The Threepenny Review, So To Speak: A Feminist Journal of Language and Art, Painted Bride Quarterly, The Gettysburg Review, Verse Daily, and The Southern Review. As a professor of English at Suffolk County Community College, she has co-chaired the annual SCCC Creative Writing Festival for over a decade.
Len Lawson is the author of Chime (Get Fresh Books, 2019), the chapbook Before the Night Wakes You, and co-editor of Hand in Hand: Poets Respond to Race. His poetry has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net.  He has received fellowships from Callaloo, Vermont Studio Center, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Weymouth Center for the Arts, and a scholarship from the Emrys Foundation. His poetry appears or is forthcoming in Callaloo Journal, African American Review, Ninth Letter, Verse Daily, Mississippi Review, and elsewhere. Len is also a Ph.D. student in English Literature and Criticism at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
Diane Mehta’s debut poetry collection, Forest with Castanets, came out in March 2019. Born in Frankfurt, Germany, and raised in Bombay and New Jersey, Mehta has been an editor at PEN America’s Glossolalia, Guernica and A Public Space. Her book about writing poetry was published by Barnes & Noble books. She has poems in The New Yorker, The Common, the Literary Review, Prairie Schooner, Guernica, Notre Dame Review, Slate, Poetry, the Southern Review, BOMB, Agni, Open City, Harvard Review, Gulf Coast, and Antioch Review (among others) and has been anthologized in The Lines Review, Weber Studies, South Asians Living in America and the Harper Collins Book of English Poetry.
Pen Parentis Literary Salons break the negative stereotype surrounding writers who have kids by presenting only professional writers who have children. The organization reframes the "parenting" question from one of competing careers to one of limited resources.
Christina Chiu (Curator & Co-Host) is the winner of the James Alan McPherson Award for her forthcoming novel, Beauty. Five years at the helm of this salon series, she is also author of Troublemaker and Other Saints, which was alternate selection for BOMC and QPB, a nominee for a BOMC First Fiction Award, and winner of the Asian American Literary Award. A prolific short story writer, she was the recipient of the Asian American Literary Award, Chiu also received the Robert Simpson Fellowship, the Alternate Selection of the Book-of-the-Month Club, the Van Lier Fellowship; she won the New Stone Circle Fiction Contest, won second place in the Playboy Fiction Contest, and was nominated for the Stephen Crane First Fiction Award. For her curating skills, she won a Wai Look Award for Outstanding Service to the Arts administered by the Asian American Arts Alliance.
M. M. De Voe founder and executive director of Pen Parentis, Ltd, she also co-hosts the monthly Pen Parentis Literary Salons. An award-winning and widely-published short fiction writer, De Voe established Pen Parentis as a 501c3 nonprofit in 2014. Three Pushcart nominations, two Editor’s Prizes, a few arts grants, two children, and several publications later, De Voe continues to seek balance between family and writing career. She participated in the inaugural Lithuanian Writers of the Diaspora Forum in Vilnius in 2019, holds an MFA from Columbia, and is a former actress: DeVoe still does occasional voiceover work—you can hear her as the Lithuanian voice of OnStar in your rental car.


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