This Week is Lit

There’s exciting news happening right here in upstate New York! This year’s Eugene Paul Nassar Poetry Prize recipient, Shira Dentz will be hosting a free, online reading of her newest book of poetry, Sisyphusina (PANK Books 2020) on Thursday April 15 at 7PM EDT. Utica College’s Eugene Paul Nassar Poetry Prize recognizes the best published poetry collection by an upstate author. The recipient of said prize gives a reading of their winning work and teaches a masterclass at Utica College in April 2021.


Shira Dentz lives in upstate New York and teaches at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. In addition to Sisyphusina, Shira Dentz has written four other full-length collections: black seeds on a white dish, door of thin skins, how do i net thee, and the sun a blazing zero.


Sisyphusina is a cross-genre collaboration of prose, poetry, music and visual elements to explore feelings and voices of the female experience that are otherwise underrepresented in the mainstream. The theme of remembrance is at the heart of the book, braiding in changing views of aging and beauty to reconcile a complete identity.


Please register in advance for this event here


More Literary Events

Wednesday, April 14, 3:00pm EST -- Bennington College

This week, Bennington College in Vermont will be hosting a virtual author’s craft talk with writing professor and poet, Mark Wunderlich. Recipient of the Lambda Literary Award and several fellowships, Wunderlich has published four books of poetry, God of Nothingness, The Earth Avails Voluntary Servitude, The Anchorage. You can see his work featured in The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, and Poetry Magazine.


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Saturday, April 17, 7:00pm EST -- Bookswell Bookshop

Join Bookswell Bookshop for a fundraising literary event aimed to stop Asian American and Pacific Islander Hate. Hear impactful pieces from poets Lisbeth Coiman, Deborah J. Hunter, Teresa Mei Chuc, and Leonora Simonovis as they speak on issues of social justice and discrimination closest to them. This virtual reading entitled Rising Up: Poets Take a Stand, is free to attend however all proceeds from pay-what-you-will ticketed donations will go to Stop AAPI Hate.


For more information, click here.