The Richard Cleaveland Memorial Reading by Valzhyna Mort & Nafissa Thompson-Spires

The Richard Cleaveland Memorial Reading by Valzhyna Mort & Nafissa Thompson-Spires
Thursday, February 18, 7:00 p.m.
Register at: english.cornell.edu/zalaznick

Cornell’s creative writing program faculty members, poet Valzhyna Mort and author Nafissa Thompson-Spires, will read from their work for the Richard Cleaveland Memorial Reading. The readings will be followed by a live Q&A, and moderated by writer and professor J. Robert Lennon. Both Mort’s and Thompson-Spires’s work explore the power of personal stories to challenge historical narratives and collective identities. Mort will read from her most recent collection, Music for the Dead and Resurrected, described by the publisher as a “book of letters to the dead,” in which “the prize-winning poet relearns how to mourn those erased by violent history,” and hopes to create a space of coping and awakening. Valzhyna Mort is a poet and translator born in Minsk, Belarus, and she writes in English and Belarusian.

Local Small Press To Publish Two New Anthologies

The local small press, Zombies Need Brains, was founded by author Joshua Palmatier. The small press is currently running a Kickstarter campaign to fund its next two anthologies. In this interview, Palmatier talks about the work behind running a successful campaign, and why he’s dedicated to offering unknown authors a chance to submit their work to the anthology. http://wskg.org/audio/PALMATIERFINAL.mp3