Micah Ballard curates the 62nd Radical Poetry Reading featuring poetry read by Ari Banias, Maw Shein Win, Aaron Shurin, and Guillermo Parra.
In this talk
Poet Micah Ballard is the author of four full-length collections of poetry: The Michaux Notebook (FMSBW, 2019), Afterlives (Bootstrap Press, 2016), Waifs and Strays (City Lights Books, 2011), nominated for a California Book Award, and Parish Krewes (Bootstrap Press, 2009), and over a dozen small books, including Selected Prose (2008–19) (Blue Press, 2020), Daily Vigs (Bird & Beckett Books, 2019), Vesper Chimes (Gas Meter, 2014), Evangeline Downs (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2006) and Negative Capability in the Verse of John Wieners (Bootstrap Press, 2017). He is co-editor for Auguste Press and Lew Gallery Editions.
Poet Ari Banias is the author of A Symmetry (Norton, 2021), and Anybody (Norton, 2016), a finalist for the Kate Tufts Discovery Award and the PEN Center USA Literary Award. His poems appear in American Poetry Review, Georgia Review, Hyperallergic, Kenyon Review, Poetry magazine, A Public Space, The Nation, The New Republic, Triple Canopy, The Yale Review, and We Want it All: An Anthology of Radical Trans Poetics (Nightboat, 2020). His work has been supported by Headlands Center for the Arts, MacDowell, the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, and Stanford’s Stegner Fellowship program. Ari lives and teaches in the Bay Area.
Maw Shein Win
Poet, editor, and educator Maw Shein Win is the author of Storage Unit for the Spirit House (Omnidawn, 2020), longlisted for the 2021 PEN America Open Book Award, nominated for a Northern California Book Award for Poetry, and shortlisted for the Golden Poppy Award. She is also the author of Invisible Gifts: Poems (Manic D Press, 2018), and the poetry chapbooks Ruins of a glittering palace (SPA/Commonwealth Projects, 2013) and Score and Bone (Nomadic Press, 2016). She was a 2019 Visiting Scholar in the Department of English at UC Berkeley. Win is the first poet laureate of El Cerrito, California (2016—2018). She often collaborates with visual artists, musicians, and other writers and was a Spring 2021 ARC Poetry Fellow at UC Berkeley. She lives and teaches in the Bay Area.
Poet and essayist Aaron Shurin is the author of fourteen books of poetry and prose, most recently The Blue Absolute (Nightboat, 2020). Other works include Flowers & Sky: Two Talks (Entre Rios Books, 2017), The Skin of Meaning: Collected Literary Essays and Talks (University of Michigan Press, 2016), and two books from City Lights: Citizen (2012) and King of Shadows (2008). A pioneer in both LGBTQ+ studies and innovative verse, Shurin was a member of the original Good Gay Poets collective in Boston, and later the first graduate of the storied Poetics Program at New College of California. A longtime educator, he’s the former director and currently Professor Emeritus for the MFA Writing Program at the University of San Francisco.
Poet and translator Guillermo Parra’s most recent translations are the novel The Conspiracy (Sampsonia Way, 2014) by the Venezuelan writer Israel Centeno, Air on the Air: Selected Poems of Juan Sánchez Peláez (Black Square Editions, 2015), and José Antonio Ramos Sucre: Selected Works (University of New Orleans Press, 2012), which was included by World Literature Today in its list of 75 Notable Translations 2012. He writes the translation blog Venepoetics and lives in Pittsburgh.