The Poetry Center at the University of Arizona is proud to present Ocean Vuong and Camille Rankine reading at the Phoenix Art Museum (1625 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004) on April 7th at 7pm. The opening reader for the night will be Joel Salcido. After the reading, there will be a short Q&A and a book signing. For more information visit The Poetry Center’s website.
Born a Los Angeles cockroach and smuggled to the Westside of Phoenix, Joel Salcido translates the poetry of the barrio pigeons into brujería. He is blessed with a beautiful wife and two sons (and another on the way) as well as a cadre of talentedly mad brothers, friends, coconspirators and fellow hood radicals. He writes poetry and prose while building a boat out of editor’s rejection letters to float back to the moon. He is a member of the Gutta’ Collective, a group committed to sharing Black and Brown narratives through art and poetry to give a voice to the silent, isolated, and marginalized. Joel Salcido is an MFA candidate in poetry at Arizona State University
Ocean Vuong is the author of Night Sky with Exit Wounds (Copper Canyon Press, 2016). A 2016 Whiting Award winner and Ruth Lilly fellow, he has received honors from The Civitella Ranieri Foundation, The Elizabeth George Foundation, The Academy of American Poets, Narrative magazine, and a Pushcart Prize. His writings have been featured in the Kenyon Review, GRANTA, The Nation, New Republic, The New Yorker, The New York Times, Poetry, and American Poetry Review, which awarded him the Stanley Kunitz Prize for Younger Poets. Born in Saigon, Vietnam, he lives in New York City.
Camille Rankine’s first book of poetry, Incorrect Merciful Impulses, was published in January by Copper Canyon Press. She is the author of the chapbook Slow Dance with Trip Wire, selected by Cornelius Eady for the Poetry Society of America’s 2010 New York Chapbook Fellowship, and a recipient of a 2010 “Discovery”/Boston Review Poetry Prize. Her poetry has appeared in Atlas Review, American Poet, The Baffler, Boston Review, Denver Quarterly, Gulf Coast, Octopus Magazine, Paper Darts, Phantom Books, A Public Space, Tin House, and elsewhere. She is serves on the Executive Committee of VIDA: Women in Literary Arts, and lives in New York City.