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Poets Camille Rankine and Ocean Vuong will read from their work at the Phoenix Art Museum in this first Friday event which is co-sponsored by the University of Arizona Poetry Center and Arizona State University's Superstition Review.
Ocean Vuong is the author of "Night Sky with Exit Wounds" (Copper Canyon Press, 2016). A 2016 Whiting Award winner and Ruth Lilly fellow, he has received honors from The Civitella Ranieri Foundation, The Elizabeth George Foundation, The Academy of American Poets, Narrative Magazine, and has recieved a Pushcart Prize. His writings have been featured in the Kenyon Review, GRANTA, The Nation, New Republic, The New Yorker, The New York Times, Poetry and American Poetry Review, which awarded him the Stanley Kunitz Prize for Younger Poets. Born in Saigon, Vietnam, he lives in New York City.
Camille Rankine’s first book of poetry, "Incorrect Merciful Impulses," was published in January by Copper Canyon Press. She is the author of the chapbook "Slow Dance with Trip Wire," was selected by Cornelius Eady for the Poetry Society of America's 2010 New York Chapbook Fellowship, and is a recipient of a 2010 "Discovery"/Boston Review Poetry Prize. Her poetry has appeared in Atlas Review, American Poet, The Baffler, Boston Review, Denver Quarterly, Gulf Coast, Octopus Magazine, Paper Darts, Phantom Books, A Public Space, Tin House and other publications. She serves on the Executive Committee of VIDA: Women in Literary Arts and lives in New York City.
Joel Salcido will be the opening reader. Born a Los Angeles cockroach and smuggled to the westside of Phoenix, Joel Salcido translates the poetry of the barrio pigeons into Brujería. He is blessed with a beautiful wife, two sons, (and another on the way) as well as a cadre of madly talented brothers, friends, co-conspirators and fellow hood radicals. He writes poetry and prose while building a boat out of enough editor rejection letters to float back to the moon. He is a member of the Gutta' Collective, a group committed to sharing black and brown narratives through art and poetry to give a voice to the silent, isolated and marginalized. Salcido is an MFA candidate in poetry at ASU.
After the reading, there will be a short Q&A and a book signing.
Ocean Vuong and Camille Rankine will read at the UA Poetry Center at 7 p.m. April 6.
Superstition Review is the online literary magazine produced in the College of Integrative Sciences and Arts by creative writing and web design students at ASU's Polytechnic campus. The journal promotes contemporary art and literature by providing a free, high-quality online publication that features work by established and emerging artists and authors from all over the world. The journal publishes two issues a year with art, fiction, interviews, nonfiction and poetry.