Please join us for a poetry reading celebrating Raquel Salas Rivera's new poetry collection while they sleep (under the bed is another country). They will be joined by poet Daniel Borzutzky.  

Raquel Salas Rivera is the 2018-19 Poet Laureate of Philadelphia. They are the author of while they sleep (under the bed is another country) from Birds, LLC and the inaugural recipient of the Ambroggio Prize from the Academy of American Poets for their book x/ex/exis. They are also the author of six chapbooks and four other full-length poetry books. Their fourth book, lo terciario/the tertiary, winner of the 2018 Lambda Literary Award for Transgender Poetry, was on the 2018 National Book Award Longlist and was selected by Remezcla, Entropy, Literary Hub,mitú, Book Riot, and Publishers Weekly as one of the best poetry books of 2018. From 2016-2018, they were co-editor of The Wanderer and co-editor of Puerto Rico en mi corazón, a collection of bilingual broadsides of contemporary Puerto Rican poets. Raquel received a 2019 Laureate Fellowship from the Academy of American Poets. They have also received fellowships and residencies from the Sundance Institute, the Kimmel Center for Performing Arts, the Arizona Poetry Center, and CantoMundo. They love and live for Puerto Rico, Philadelphia, and a world free of white supremacy.

Daniel Borzutzky is a poet and translator. His latest books are Lake Michigan, a finalist for the 2018 Griffin International Poetry Prize; and The Performance of Becoming Human, winner of the 2016 National Book Award for Poetry. His translation of Galo Ghigliotto’s Valdivia won the 2017 National Translation Award. He has also translated books by Raúl Zurita and Jaime Luis Huenún. He teaches in the English and Latin American and Latino Studies Departments at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Our store is wheelchair accessible, however--there is a narrow hallway and sharp 90-degree turn on the way to our bathrooms. Seating is first-come, first-served, but we are happy to reserve seats for people with disabilities. Please call the store at 773-769-9299 the day of the event if you need a reserved seat or have additional questions.

Event date: 
Saturday, November 16, 2019 - 6:00pm
Event address: 
Women & Children First
5233 N. Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60640
While They Sleep (Under the Bed Is Another Country) By Raquel Salas Rivera Cover Image
ISBN: 9780991429844
Published: Birds - June 4th, 2019

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