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Meeting with American poets Alysia Harris and Nathalie Handal

This is a chance to meet with two contemporary American poets - Alysia Harris and Nathalie Handal. 

They will read their poems and answer your questions regarding their creative work and modern trends in American literature.

Alysia Nicole Harris was born in Fremont, California but grew up in Alexandria, VA.
In 2008 she featured on the HBO documentary: Brave New Voices where she wowed audiences with her piece "That Girl". 
In 2014 Alysia received her MFA in poetry from NYU and is currently a PhD candidate in linguistics at Yale University where she is a Bouchet Honor Society Graduate Fellow. Although she has experienced scholastic success, poetry has always come first in her heart. Pushcart nominee, Cave Canem fellow, winner of the 2014 Stephen Dunn Poetry Prize, finalist for the 2015 Pocataligo Poetry Prize, 2014 Edwin Markham and Joy Harjo prizes and finalist for the 2013 Indiana Review Prize, her poetry has appeared in Indiana Review, Catch & Release Columbia's Journal of Literature and Art, Solstice Literary Magazine, Squaw Valley Review, Letters Journal, Adanna Literary Journal, Print Oriented Bastards, and Vinyl Magazine among others. Her poem "When I Put My Hands in The Air It's Praise" was chosen for publication in The Break-beat Poets Anthology of New American Poetry during the age of Hip-Hop. Alysia was also a founding member of the internationally known performance poetry collective, The Strivers Row and has garnered over 3 million views on YouTUBE. 

Nathalie Handal is an award-winning poet, writer, and playwright.
Handal is the author of five books of poetry, several plays and the editor of two anthologies. She is a Lannan Foundation Fellow, Centro Andaluz de las Letras Fellow, Fondazione di Venezia Fellow, recipient of the Alejo Zuloaga Order in Literature 2011, the AE Ventures Fellowship, an Honored Finalist for the 2009 Gift of Freedom Award, and was shortlisted for New London Writers Awards and The Arts Council of England Writers Awards. She has also been involved as a writer, director, or producer in over twenty theatrical or film productions. Her work has appeared in numerous anthologies and magazines, such as Vanity Fair, The New York Times, The Guardian, World Literature Today, The Virginia Quarterly Review, Poetry New Zealand, Guernica Magazine, and The Nation; and has been translated into more than fifteen languages. She was the featured poet in the PBS NewsHour on April 20, 2009.Her book The Lives of Rain was shortlisted for the Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize and received the Menada Literary Award and Love and Strange Horses is the winner of the 2011 Gold Medal Independent Publisher Book Award (IPPY Award), and an Honorable Mention at the San Francisco Book Festival and the New England Book Festival. The critically acclaimed Poet in Andalucía (2012) consists of “poems of depth and weight, and the sorrowing song of longing and resolve.” The flash collection The Republics is lauded as “one of the most inventive books by one of today’s most diverse writers” and the winner of the Virginia Faulkner Award for Excellence in Writing.

This event will be in English.

Remember to bring your passport or driver's license.