112th: Bookstore poets vol. 1
Please join us at Book Culture on 112th Street on Thursday, May 16th at 7pm as we celebrate the launch of bookstore poets vol. 1, a new reading series here at Book Culture, along with the launch of the new chapbook of the same name.
The event will feature readings from Allison Albino, Ariel Francisco, and Kwame Opoku-Duku.
Allison Albino studied creative writing at Sarah Lawrence College and has an M.A. in French literature from NYU. Her poems have appeared in the Apeiron Review, Punch Drunk Press, The Lantern Review, and Poetry Northwest. She also has work forthcoming in Homology Lit and The Oxford Review of Books. Her poem, “Advice From My Immigrant Father,” was a finalist for the 2017 Joy Harjo Poetry Award. She was a recipient of the Lucille Clifton Memorial Fellowship from the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley, and has also received fellowships from The Fine Arts Work Center and Tin House. She has twice been a poetry contributor at the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. She teaches Middle and High School French at The Dalton School and lives in Harlem.
Ariel Francisco is the author of A Sinking Ship is Still a Ship (Burrow Press, 2020), All My Heroes Are Broke (C&R Press, 2017) which was named one of the 8 Best Latino Books of 2017 by Rigoberto Gonzalez, and Before Snowfall, After Rain (Glass Poetry Press, 2016). Born in the Bronx to Dominican and Guatemalan parents, he was raised in Miami and completed his MFA at Florida International University. He now lives in Brooklyn and is completing a masters in literary translation. He was named one of the Five Florida Writers to Watch in 2019 by The Miami New Times.
Kwame Opoku-Duku is a Ghanaian-American poet and fiction writer. His work is featured or forthcoming in The Virginia Quarterly Review, The Kenyon Review, BOMB, The Literary Review, Bettering American Poetry, The Massachusetts Review, and other journals. Kwame lives in New York City, where he is a teaching artist, and along with the poet Karisma Price, he is a founding member of the Unbnd Collective. His debut chapbook, The Unbnd Verses, was selected for the 2018-2019 Glass Poetry Press chapbook series and published in November 2018.