Friday, September 22, 7pm
Pulitzer Arts Foundation
In the second season of the 100 Boots Poetry Series, co-organized by poet, curator, and former director of fort gondo, Jessica Baran, and St. Louis-based poet and educator, Ted Mathys, the Pulitzer continues its collaboration which presents readings by a range of emerging, mid-career, and established poets from St. Louis and across the United States. This season will open with poets Wendy Xu and Rickey Laurentiis.
Born in China, poet Wendy Xu was raised in New York and Iowa. She attended the University of Iowa, where she earned a BA, and she completed graduate studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Xu’s collection You Are Not Dead (2013) was profiled as one of the year’s best debuts by Poets & Writers Magazine; her second collection of poetry is Phrasis (2017). She is also the author of the chapbooks I Was Not Even Born (2013, coauthored with Nick Sturm) and The Hero Poems (2011). Her poetry was featured in The Best American Poetry 2013, and selected for a Patricia Goedicke Prize in Poetry by D.A. Powell.
Rickey Laurentiis is the author of Boy with Thorn, selected by Terrance Hayes for the 2014 Cave Canem Poetry Prize (University of Pittsburgh Press). He is recipient of a 2014 fellowship from the Civitella Ranieri Foundation in Italy, a 2013 Creative Writing Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, and a 2012 Ruth Lilly Poetry Fellowship.
This event is presented by the Pulitzer Arts Foundation. For more information, please visit pulitzerarts.org.