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  • Date: January 28
  • Time: 7:00pm - 10:00pm PT

New England Review at Hugo House

NER 35.4 CoverHugo House is holding the release party for the new issue of the New England Review! Readers include Kelli Russell Agodon, Kevin Craft, Michelle Peñaloza, Susan Rich, and Christopher Robinson. NER poetry editor Rick Barot will emcee, and copies of the new issue will be available.

Kelli RusseKelli Russell Agodon Photoll Agodon is an award-winning poet, writer, and editor from the Pacific Northwest. Her most recent collection is Hourglass Museum (White Pine Press, 2014) and The Daily Poet: Day-By-Day Prompts for Your Writing Practice, which she coauthored with Martha Silano. Her second collection, Letters from the Emily Dickinson Room was chosen by Carl Dennis for the winner of the White Pine Press Book Prize, and was also the Winner of ForeWord Magazine’s Book of the Year in Poetry as well as a Finalist for the Washington State Book Prize. Her other books include Small Knots, Geography, and Fire On Her Tongue: An Anthology of Contemporary Women’s Poetry. Kelli is the cofounder of Two Sylvias Press and is a Co-Director of Poets on the Coast: A Retreat for Women Poets. She lives in a small seaside town where she is an avid paddleboarder, mountain biker, and hiker who has a fondness for writing letters, desserts, and fedoras. 

Rick Barot PhotoRick Barot has published two books of poetry with Sarabande Books: The Darker Fall (2002), and Want (2008), which was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award and won the 2009 Grub Street Book Prize. His poems and essays have appeared in numerous publications, including Poetry, The Paris Review, The New Republic, Ploughshares, Tin House, The Kenyon Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, and The Threepenny Review. He has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Artist Trust of Washington, the Civitella Ranieri, and Stanford University, where he was a Wallace E. Stegner Fellow and a Jones Lecturer. He lives in Tacoma, Washington and teaches at Pacific Lutheran University, where he also directs The Rainier Writing Workshop, the low-residency MFA program in creative writing at PLU. His third collection, Chord, will be published by Sarabande in 2015. He is the poetry editor of New England Review.

 Kevin Craft PhotoKevin Craft is the editor of Poetry Northwest. His books include Solar Prominence (Cloudbank Books, 2005), and five volumes of the anthology Mare Nostrum, an annual collection of Italian translation and Mediterranean-inspired writing. New poems have appeared recently in Poetry, The Kenyon Review, The Collagist, and New England Review. He lives in Seattle, and directs both the Written Arts Program at Everett Community College and the University of Washington’s Creative Writing Summer in Rome Program.

Michelle Penaloza PhotoMichelle Peñaloza grew up in Nashville, Tennessee. Her poetry has appeared most recently in The Asian American Literary Review, TriQuarterly, Oversound, Pinwheel, and INCH. She is the recipient of fellowships and awards from the University of Oregon, Kundiman, Artist Trust, Jack Straw, Hugo House, and Literary Arts. Her chapbook, landscape / heartbreak, is forthcoming from Two Sylvias Press in Spring 2015. 

Susan Rich PhotoSusan Rich is the author of four collections of poems: Cloud Pharmacy, The Alchemist’s Kitchen, Cures Include Travel, and The Cartographer’s Tongue /Poems of the World. She has received fellowships and awards from Artists Trust, The Times Literary Supplement (London), PEN USA, and the Fulbright Foundation. Susan’s poems have appeared in many journals including the Alaska Quarterly Review, Gettysburg Review, Harvard Review, and New England Review. She is co-founder of Poets on the Coast: A Writing Retreat for Women and the new Seattle reading series WordsWest. Along with Catherine Barnett and Brian Turner, Susan edited the prose anthology The Strangest of Theatres: Poets Writing Across Borders. Susan teaches English and film studies at Highline College. She has also made her living as a freelance journalist, human rights activist, and electoral supervisor.

Christopher Robinson PhotoChristopher Robinson’s debut novel, War of the Encyclopaedists, co-authored with Gavin Kovite, will be published by Scribner in May 2015. His work has appeared in The Missouri Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, Kenyon Review, McSweeney’s Online, and elsewhere. He is a recipient of fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, Bread Loaf, and the Djerassi Resident Artist program, among others. He earned his MA in poetry from Boston University and his MFA from Hunter College. His secret underground lair is located somewhere in Seattle.