Lauren Russell curates our 135th Wednesday Poetry Reading with Joanna Fuhrman, Soham Patel and Cecilia Woloch.
In this talk
Joanna Fuhrman, an assistant teaching professor in creative writing at Rutgers University, is the author of six books of poetry, most recently To a New Era (Hanging Loose Press 2021). Fuhrman’s next book Data Mind, a collection of darkly comic prose poems about the internet, is forthcoming from Curbstone/ Northwestern University Press in October 2024. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming on the Slowdown podcast and in The Pushcart Prize anthology and Best American Poetry 2023. Videos of her poems can be found on her vimeo page and in online journals. Last year, after publishing with them since she was a teenager, Fuhrman became a co-editor of Hanging Loose Press.
Cecilia Woloch is the author of six collections of poems and a novel. Her honors include fellowships from the Fulbright Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and CEC/ArtsLink International, among others, inclusion in the Best American Poetry series and a Pushcart Prize; her work has been published in translation in French, German, Polish, Bulgarian, Hungarian, Ukrainian, Hebrew and Romanes. She collaborates regularly with musicians, dancers, visual artists, theatre artists and filmmakers. Born in Pennsylvania, raised in rural Kentucky, and based in Los Angeles, she travels the world as a writer, performer and teacher. Most recently, she spent 2021-2022 as a Fulbright scholar at the University of Rzeszów in southeastern Poland.
Soham Patel is the author of three poetry collections, most recently all one in the end-/water forthcoming from Delete Press in August 2023.
Lauren Russell is the author of Descent (Tarpaulin Sky Press, 2020), winner of the Poetry Society of America’s Anna Rabinowitz Award, and What’s Hanging on the Hush (Ahsahta Press, 2017). Her next book, A Window That Can Neither Open nor Close: Poems, Plots, Chance, is forthcoming from Milkweed Editions in 2024. Russell has received several fellowships, including from the NEA and Cave Canem, and residencies from Millay, Ucross, Yaddo, and MacDowell, among others. Her work has appeared in The Brooklyn Rail, The New York Times Magazine, and the Academy of American Poets’ Poem-a-Day. She teaches at Michigan State University, where she also directs the Center for Poetry. Later this year, she will join the faculty of the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins.