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John Hoppenthaler, Janine Joseph, Michael Klein & Brian Turner (IN PERSON)

March 24 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Free – $25.00

Please join us in person at HVWC in Sleepy Hollow, NY, for poetry & conversation with John Hoppenthaler,  Janine Joseph, Michael Klein, & Brian Turner

John Hoppenthaler is the author of four books of poetry, Night Wing over Metropolitan Area, Domestic Garden, Anticipate the Coming Reservoir and Lives of Water, all with Carnegie Mellon University Press. With Kazim Ali, he has co-edited Jean Valentine: This World Company (Michigan UP). Among his honors are an Individual Artist Grant from the West Virginia Commission on the Arts, grants from the New York Foundation on the Arts and New York State Council on the Arts,  Residency Fellowships from The Weymouth Center for the Arts and Humanities, the MacDowell Colony, the Elizabeth Bishop House, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Dairy Hollow Writer’s Colony, and the East Carolina University 5-Year Research and Creativity Award.

On Hoppenthaler’s Night Wing over Metropolitan Area (Carnegie Mellon University Press, October 2023):

“In Night Wing over Metropolitan Area, we are given John Hoppenthaler’s signature attention to beauty and ruin as they are woven into the natural world—as well as the complicated nature of the human heart. There is a dreamlike, haunting quality to many of these poems, as ‘Ghost / notes sound the morning mist’ and we are instructed to ‘See it there, up in the branches, // something that looks human kicking until / it’s only ghost nerves and evening wind.’ These are poems of deep attention, fine and nuanced in their perceptions. They are meditations that spend ‘the whole night // pointing at the moon,’ with deftly crafted verses full of ‘song and praise, haunted chants / the prayer house can’t hold.’ “— Brian Turner

Janine Joseph is a formerly undocumented poet and librettist from the Philippines. She is the author of Decade of the Brain (Alice James Books, 2023) and Driving without a License (2016), winner Kundiman Poetry Prize. She is also co-editor of Undocupoetics: An Introduction, an anthology of poetry and poetics forthcoming from HarperCollins/Harper Perennial. She is an Associate Professor of Creative Writing at Virginia Tech. Janine is an organizer for Undocupoets, a nonprofit literary organization that advocates for poets who are currently or who were formerly undocumented in the United States. In 2021, Undocupoets was featured in the children’s book, In the Spirit of a Dream: 13 Stories of American Immigrants of Color. Janine also serves on the Artistic Advisory Panel for Oklahoma Arts Institute at Quartz Mountain. Janine earned a PhD in Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Houston, an MFA from New York University, a BA from UC Riverside, and an AA from Riverside City College. She has received fellowships from MacDowell, Bread Loaf, Kundiman, and the Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans. Her additional honors include a Howard Nemerov Scholarship (Sewanee Writers’ Conference), an Inprint/ Barthelme Fellowship in Poetry, a Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center Fellowship for Collaboration Among the Arts, a PAWA Manuel G. Flores Prize, and an Academy of American Poets prize, as well as residencies from Hedgebrook, Vermont Studio Center, Bethany Arts Community, and The Writers’ Colony at Dairy Hollow.

On Joseph’s Decade of the Brain: Poems (Alice James Books, January 2023)— Featured in The New York Times, Poets & Writers, “Page One: Where New and Noteworthy Books Begin,” Ms. Magazine, “Reads for the Rest of Us: The Best Poetry of the Last Year,”Shelf Awareness, & “Start Here” by The Sealey Challenge:

“Along the stunningly crafted and radiant syntax of Decade of the Brain: Poems, I edge the edges of languages, bodies, selfhood, and estrangement, into experiences of disorientation. Joseph’s speakers articulate the strangeness of living in relation to other past and simultaneous selves changed by injury, intimacy, notions of citizenship, and nation. Each line is a shock of words, then an unraveling. Dense with expansive, precise sound, this book is a stunning grappling with the possibility and powers of an irreconcilable self.” — Aracelis Girmay

Michael Klein is a five-time finalist and two-time winner of the Lambda Literary award for his poetry. He’s also the author of two books of autobiography and has had his work appear in Poetry, Paris Review, American Poetry Review, Tin House, Bennington Review and many others. He lives in Newport, RI, where he serves as a consultant to writers who are working on poetry and/or memoir manuscripts.

On Klein’s Early Minutes of Without: New & Selected Poems (Word Works, October 2023):

“There is no other Michael Klein. There is no other writer adept, in Michael Klein’s particular way, with the all-but-incomprehensible intertwining of absurdity, sorrow, humor, mystery, and mortality that is the world as we know it. He’s a living treasure.” —Michael Cunningham

Brian Turner is the author of five collections of poetry including Here, Bullet, The Wild Delight of Wild Things, & The Goodbye World Poem, as well as a memoir (My Life as a Foreign Country) and is the editor of The Kiss and co-editor of The Strangest of Theatres anthologies. A musician, he has also written and recorded several albums with The Interplanetary Acoustic Team, including 11 11 (Me Smiling) and The Retro Legion’s American Undertow. His poems and essays have been published in The New York Times, The Guardian, National Geographic, Harper’s, among other fine journals, and he was featured in the documentary film Operation Homecoming: Writing the Wartime Experience, which was nominated for an Academy Award. A Guggenheim Fellow, he has received a USA Hillcrest Fellowship in Literature, the Amy Lowell Traveling Fellowship, the Poets’ Prize, and a Fellowship from the Lannan Foundation. He lives in Orlando, Florida, with his dog, Dene, the world’s sweetest golden retriever.

On Turner’s Wild Delight of Wild Things (Alice James Books, August 2023):

Luminous, haunting, and gorgeous, Brian Turner’s new collection can change how we see this wounded world. It’s an act of grace. ”— Luis Alberto Urrea

On Turner’s Goodbye World Poem (Alice James Books, September 2023):

“Many things are sinking here—a whale, a shadow, a brother, a love. Sometimes it is just how we are feeling, sometimes it is true. Turner offers us poems of a very specific form of heartbreak, ‘all of it / gone now, submerged into something as simple / as the word after…’ Yet this heartbreak pulls us in, moment by moment, ‘moments / that gather into something / one might call a life.’ By the end, it’s an elegy for a person, but also for our lives. Beautiful.”
—Nick Flynn

For the months of March, May, & June 2024, attendees of all HVWC IN-PERSON Readings will receive ONE contest-winning title from Slapering Hol Press to take home, as a thank you for being part of our in-person community.


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March 24
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Free – $25.00
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Hudson Valley Writers Center
Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
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