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Poetry off the Shelf: Drinking Gourd: An Evening of Poetry and Song

Thursday, January 30th, 7:00 PM

Poetry Foundation
61 West Superior Street
Free Admission

Celebrate the winner of this year’s Drinking Gourd Poetry Prize, a first-book award for poets of color. Poet Rodney Gomez will read from his winning work, Mouth Filled with Night. Ed Roberson, author of eight books of poetry and winner of the Iowa Poetry Prize, will also read new work. The evening will feature live musical performances by Raúl Fernández and Jarochicanos Xicago.

Co-sponsored with the Northwestern Poetry & Poetics Colloquium


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