– 09/27/2018

Poet Parneshia Jones (Vessel) will appear in Words That Matter: A Literary Solon, a reading sponsored by Creative Co-Working and Literature for All of Us, alongside writer Aaron Coleman at the historic Colvin House. 

– 10/04/2018

The Doreen B. Townsend Center for the Humanities at UC Berkeley will host Fady Joudah, author of Footnotes in the Order of Disappearance, as a part of their lunch poems series. 

– 03/25/2019

Rice University will host poet Fady Joudah (Footnotes in the Order of Disappearance) for their Inprint Margarett Root Brown Reading Series, alongside Carmen Giménez Smith with an on-stage interview moderated by Jasminne Mendez and a book signing to follow. 

– 11/07/2018

Elizabeth Rush, author of Rising: Dispatches from the New American Shore will visit Tulane University for the inaugural event in the ByWater Institute's speaker series Future Cities // Future Coasts. 

– 10/29/2018

In partnership with the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), Chicago Public Library is pleased to welcome author Elizabeth Rush for a conversation about her new book Rising: Dispatches from the New American Shore. The conversation will be moderated by NRDC Senior Policy Analyst Rob Moore, whose work focuses on water-related impacts of our rapidly warming climate, including the rising risks of flooding and the effects of sea-level rise.

– 10/08/2018

Join Milkweed Editions in celebrating the launch of Michael Bazzett's translation of the Mayan creation epic, The Popol Vuh. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for mingling and cocktails, and the program will begin at 7:00 p.m. After a reading from The Popol Vuh, Bazzett will be joined in conversation by poet and essayist Michael Kleber-Diggs. A book signing will follow.

Excerpt: Letters from Max: A Book of Friendship

Max Ritvo began as my student. I met Max when he was a senior at Yale. This is how he began his application to get into my playwriting workshop: Dear Professor Ruhl, Thanks for reading this application. My name is Max Ritvo—I’m a senior English major in the Creative Writing Concentration. All I want to do is write. His application said that he was a poet and a comedian, part of an experimental comedy troupe. A poet and he’s funny? Huh. I reread his application, which had been left to stew in the “no” pile because he’d never written a play before. And because funny poets are a rare and wonderful species of human being, I moved Max to the “yes” pile, despite his lack of experience writing plays. It is hard to imagine now that Max’s application could ever have remained in any other pile—a strange parallel universe in which I never met Max.

Excerpt: The Final Voicemails by Max Ritvo

Max Ritvo was a prodigiously gifted poet; toward the end of his life, he was also volcanically productive. Nothing he wrote was without flashes of brilliance, but many of these late poems would surely have been revised or jettisoned; it was slow work to sift out the very best. This he asked me to do—it seemed to me an essential labor lest the weaker poems dilute the stronger. What follows, obviously, reflects my judgment. Nothing has been revised; Elizabeth Metzger, Max’s designated literary executor, suggested one minute cut. Cancer was Max’s tragedy; it was also, as he was canny enough to see, his opportunity. Poets who die at twenty-five do not commonly leave bodies of work so urgent, so daring, so supple, so desperately alive.


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