Kaveh Akbar and Paige Lewis: Reading

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The Writers' Workshop presents poets Paige Lewis and Kaveh Akbar, who will read from their work.

Paige Lewis is author of the poetry collection Space Struck (Sarabande Books, 2019) and co-editor of Last Call: Poems on Addiction and Recovery (Sarabande Books, 2023). Lewis co-created and curated the YouTube channel Ours Poetica with author John Green. The channel aims to make poetry more accessible, especially to high school students.

Lewis received both their MFA and PhD in Creative Writing from Florida State University. Their poems have appeared in Poetry, American Poetry Review, Ploughshares, Gulf Coast, The Massachusetts Review, The Georgia Review, The Rumpus, The Iowa Review, Poetry Northwest, Ninth Letter, and elsewhere. They teach at the University of Iowa and in the low-residency program at Randolph College.

Kaveh Akbar is the author of Pilgrim Bell (Graywolf Press, 2021) and Calling a Wolf a Wolf (Alice James Books, 2017; Penguin UK, 2018). He is also the author of a chapbook, Portrait of the Alcoholic (Sibling Rivalry, 2017), and editor of The Penguin Book of Spiritual Verse: 110 Poets on the Divine.

Kaveh is the recipient of the Levis Reading Prize, multiple Pushcart Prizes, Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowship, and Civitella Ranieri Fellowship. He is the founding editor of Divedapper, a home for interviews with major voices in contemporary poetry.

Born in Tehran, Iran, he teaches at the University of Iowa and in the low-residency MFA programs at Randolph College and Warren Wilson. His poems appear in The New Yorker, Poetry, PBS NewsHour, Paris Review, Best American Poetry, The New York Times, and elsewhere.

Since 2020, Kaveh has served as poetry editor for The Nation.

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Wednesday, April 3, 2024 8:00pm
Dey House
Frank Conroy Reading Room
507 North Clinton Street, Iowa City, IA 52245
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