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Why There Are Words

  • Bowery Poetry Club 308 Bowery New York, NY 10012 USA (map)

Join us at the NYC branch of the renowned Bay Area literary reading series Why There Are Words on Sunday, November 4th, 2018, at the Bowery Poetry Club for readings from these acclaimed writers:

Doors open at 5:45 pm; readings begin at 6:00 sharp. 
$10.00 at the door or $8 in advance. 

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Hélène Cardona is the author of seven books, most recently the award-winning Life in Suspension and the translations Birnam Wood (José Manuel Cardona), Beyond Elsewhere (Gabriel Arnou-Laujeac), winner of a Hemingway Grant, Ce que nous portons (Dorianne Laux), and Walt Whitman’s Civil War Writings for WhitmanWeb. She has judged the 2017 Jacar Press Full Length Competition, 2016 PEN Center USA Translation Award, 2015 Writer’s Digest Challenge, and 2014 Rabindranath Tagore Award. She taught at Hamilton College and Loyola Marymount University, and received fellowships from the Goethe-Institut and Universidad Internacional de Andalucía. Her work has been translated into 15 languages. She co-edits Plume, Fulcrum, and Levure Littéraire. 

Kate Colby is author of seven books of poetry. Fruitlands won the Norma Farber First Book Award from the Poetry Society of America in 2007. She is the current Creative Fellow at Harvard’s Woodberry Poetry Room and lives in Providence, where she was a 2012 fellow of the Rhode Island State Council for the Arts.

Born in New Delhi, India, Monica Ferrell grew up in northern New Jersey. A graduate of Harvard, she holds an MFA in poetry from Columbia University. The recipient of various fellowships and residencies, Ferrell is the winner of the “Discovery”/The Nation prize. Her first poetry book Beasts for the Chase (Sarabande Books, 2008) was selected by Jane Hirshfield as the winner of the Kathryn A. Morton Prize in Poetry, and her novel The Answer Is Always Yes (The Dial Press/Random House, 2008) was named one of Booklist’s Top Ten Debut Novels of 2008 and a Borders Original Voices Selection. She is Associate Professor at Purchase College (SUNY).

John FitzGerald is a poet and attorney for the disabled. He is the author of four books, most recently Favorite Bedtime Stories, finalist for the Julie Suk Book Award, and The Mind, semifinalist for the Alice James Book Award. Other works include The Essence of Life, Primate, and the non-fiction For All I Know. Other publications include The Warwick Review, World Literature Today, The Taos Journal of Poetry and Art, December, From the Fishouse, The American Journal of Poetry, Plume, Human and Inhuman Monstrous Poems, From the Four-Chambered Heart: In Tribute to Anais Nin, and Poetry: Reading it, Writing it, Publishing it. Fitzgerald's most recent book is Favorite Bedtime Stories (Salmon Poetry, 2014). 

Jennifer Franklin graduated from Brown University and holds an MFA from Columbia University where she was the Harvey Baker Fellow. Her first full-length collection, Looming (Elixir Press 2015), won the 14th Annual Editor’s Prize. Her poetry has appeared widely, including in Andrew Solomon’s award-winning book, Far from the Tree. Franklin is a Poetry Workshop Instructor and Program Director at The Hudson Valley Writers’ Center and co-editor of Slapering Hol Press, the small press imprint of The Hudson Valley Writers’ Center. She lives in New York City.

Rachel Z. Arndt is the author of the essay collection Beyond Measure (Sarabande, 2018). She received MFAs in nonfiction and poetry from the University of Iowa, where she was an Iowa Arts Fellow and nonfiction editor of the Iowa Review. Her writing has appeared in Popular Mechanics, Quartz, Pank, Fast Company, and elsewhere. She lives in Chicago. Visit