Virtual Poetry Reading: Paul Tran with Alison C. Rollins & Nate Marshall

Please join us in celebrating the release of All the Flowers Kneeling by Paul Tran! For this poetry reading and conversation, Paul will be joined by Alison C. Rollins & Nate Marshall. This event will take place on our Crowdcast channel. Please register below. 



Visceral and astonishing, Paul Tran's debut poetry collection All the Flowers Kneeling investigates intergenerational trauma, sexual violence, and U.S. imperialism in order to radically alter our understanding of freedom, power, and control. In poems of desire, gender, bodies, legacies, and imagined futures, Tran’s poems elucidate the complex and harrowing processes of reckoning and recovery, enhanced by innovative poetic forms that mirror the nonlinear emotional and psychological experiences of trauma survivors. At once grand and intimate, commanding and deeply vulnerable, All the Flowers Kneeling revels in rediscovering and reconfiguring the self, and ultimately becomes an essential testament to the human capacity for resilience, endurance, and love.


Paul Tran received their BA in history from Brown University and MFA in poetry from Washington University in St. Louis, where they were the chancellor’s graduate fellow and senior poetry fellow. They have been awarded a 2021 Fellowship in Literature from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation and the Discovery/Boston Review Poetry Prize. Currently a Wallace Stegner fellow at Stanford University, Paul’s work appears in The New Yorker, Poetry, and elsewhere.

Alison C. Rollins is currently an MFA candidate at Brown University. In 2019, she was named a National Endowment for the Arts Literature fellow. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in American Poetry Review, Gulf Coast, The New York Times Magazine, and elsewhere. A Cave Canem and Callaloo fellow, she was a 2016 recipient of the Poetry Foundation’s Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowship. Rollins has been awarded support from the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference and is a recipient of the 2018 Rona Jaffe Writers' Award. A 2020 Pushcart Prize winner, her debut poetry collection Library of Small Catastrophes was a 2020 Hurston/Wright Foundation Legacy Award nominee. 

Nate Marshall is an award-winning writer, editor, educator, and MC. His most recent book, Finna, was recognized as one of the best books of 2020 by NPR and The New York Public Library. His first book, Wild Hundreds, was honored with the Black Caucus of the American Library Association’s award for Poetry Book of the Year and The Great Lakes College Association’s New Writer Award. He was also an editor of The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop. Marshall co-wrote the play No Blue Memories: The Life of Gwendolyn Brooks with Eve Ewing. He also wrote the audio drama Bruh Rabbit & The Fantastic Telling of Remington Ellis, Esq., which was produced by Make-Believe Association. Marshall records hip-hop as a solo artist and with the group Daily Lyrical Product.

Image Description: A banner featuring two images: On the right is Paul Tran sitting on a chair with Alison C. Rollins leaning on it next to them. Nate Marshall's photograph is in a frame on the wall. On the left is is the book cover image for All the Flowers Kneeling: the title of the book is written in black cursive font, and there's a mustard yellow body shape with a swirl in the center. 

Please note: Our virtual events are recorded and viewable anytime on Women & Children First's Crowdcast Channel. The recordings are later uploaded with closed captioning to our YouTube Channel within a week or two of the event. 

Event date: 
Thursday, February 10, 2022 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
Virtual on Crowdcast
All the Flowers Kneeling (Penguin Poets) By Paul Tran Cover Image
ISBN: 9780143136842
Availability: On our shelves recently
Published: Penguin Books - February 15th, 2022

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