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Poets Steve Henn & Kaveh Akbar at IU South Bend
Thursday, November 16, 2017
6:00pm A Discussion with Kaveh Akbar in room 1190 Wiekamp Hall
7:30pm Poetry Reading by Henn & Akbar in 1001 Wiekamp Hall
on the campus of IU South Bend / free and open to the public / books available for sale
bio-2016Steve Henn is the author of And God Said: Let There Be Evolution! (NYQBooks, 2012) and Unacknowledged Legislations (NYQBooks, 2011). Bloomington microlabel Auris Apothecary released a lathe cut recording and booklet of several poems called Cancel the Apocalypse (2015). His chapbooks include Subvert the Dominant Paradigm! (Boneworld Publishing/Musclehead Press 2009) and The 30th Anniversary Warsaw Community Commemorative Book Burning (Pudding House, 2007). He’s a full-time dad, a full-time high school English teacher, a frequent reader of O.P.P. (other people’s poetry) and an occasional drummer in ersatz basement bands, including The Lawnballs, Rocket Surgeons, Invisible Robots, An Elaborate Hoax, and Objects in Motion. He wrote most of the lyrics for the Robots album available online called Sunday Beer. He’s been a featured reader at the Uptown Poetry Slam, the Indianapolis Poetry Slam, and in the Indiana University South Bend Fall Writers Series. He’s organized many a poetry event in his hometown at the Oak and Alley / Three Crowns Coffee site in Warsaw, including such colorful show titles as “Stupider than Cupider,” “Funny Ha Ha or Funny Strange?,” and “Jolly Melancholy.” He’s probably got another 20 years of teaching to go before he can even consider writing and reading poems all the day long, all the year round. Hopefully they’ve got the high speed rail between Warsaw and Chicago built by then.

akbarKaveh Akbar’s poems appear recently or soon in The New Yorker, Poetry, The New York Times, The Nation, Tin House, The Guardian, Ploughshares, FIELD, Georgia Review, PBS NewsHour, Harvard Review, American Poetry Review, Narrative, The Poetry Review, AGNI, New England Review, A Public Space, Prairie Schooner, Virginia Quarterly Review, Poetry International, Best New Poets 2016, Guernica, Boston Review, and elsewhere. His debut full-length collection, Calling a Wolf a Wolf, is just out with Alice James in the US and Penguin in the UK, and his chapbook, Portrait of the Alcoholic, was published by Sibling Rivalry Press. The recipient of a 2016 Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation, a Pushcart Prize, and the Lucille Medwick Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America, Kaveh was born in Tehran, Iran, and currently lives and teaches in Florida. Kaveh founded and edits Divedapper, a home for dialogues with the most vital voices in contemporary poetry.

 
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