READINGS: BRENDA SHAUGHNESSY & SAMIYA BASHIR
ARTIST TALK: RICHARD BAKER
MONDAY, JULY 29, 6 PM
Brenda Shaughnessy is the author of four poetry books, most recently So Much Synth and Our Andromeda. Her other books are Human Dark with Sugar and Interior with Sudden Joy. Her poems appeared in Best American Poetry, Harpers, The Nation, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, The Penguin Book of Twentieth Century Poetry, and elsewhere. She’s a 2013 Guggenheim Fellow, and teaches at Rutgers University-Newark.
Samiya Bashir is the author of Field Theories, Gospel, and Where the Apple Falls. Field Theories won the Oregon Book Award for poetry in 2018 and Gospel, which, along with Where the Apple Falls was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award. Bashir is editor of Best Black Women’s Erotica II, and co-editor of Role Call: A Generational Anthology of Social & Political Black Literature & Art. Bashir holds a BA from UC Berkeley, where she was Poet Laureate, and an MFA from the University of Michigan. Bashir lives in Portland, Oregon where she teaches at Reed College.
Richard Baker is the recipient of a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant and a New England Foundation for the Arts Grant. His solo exhibitions include works at Albert Merola Gallery in Provincetown, MA, and Tibor de Nagy Gallery in New York. His work is included in the public collections of The Contemporary Museum in Honolulu, HI, and Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, MA. He currently teaches painting at Rutgers University.