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12 Love Poems: A poetry reading featuring Marie Howe, Nick Flynn, Martin Moran, Sharon Olds, Pádraig Ó Tuama, Greg Pardlo and More

Thursday, November 30th 7-9pm

Program Fee: $25

A copy of “Counting Time Like People Count Stars” is included in the registration price.

Join us for a special poetry reading and event featuring 12 celebrated and award-winning artists, writers, poets and actors in honor of the orphan girls of Our Little Roses Home in San Pedro Sula, Honduras and the launch of Spencer Reece’s upcoming book “Counting Time Like People Count Stars”.

American poet and Episcopalian priest Spencer Reece spent two years teaching poetry to over 60 orphaned girls in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, a city once referred to as ‘the murder capital of the world’.

Through poetry, the girls were able to uncover and give voice to a depth of expression and complex emotions left untapped by the loss and trauma they have faced.

“Counting Time Like People Count Stars” is a heartrending compilation of their poems, stories that serve as incredible examples of resilience, beauty and forgiveness in spite of unbelievable hardship.

Featured readers include Marie Howe, Pádraig Ó Tuama, Mark Wunderlich, Sharon Olds, Greg Pardlo, Nick Flynn, Peg Boyers, Sheila Maldonado, Martin Moran, Soren Stockman, Tomás Q. Morín and Mark Conway. Full bios below.

Join us for an intimate evening to celebrate their voices and the power of poetry to heal.

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“12 Love Poems” Speakers

Marie Howe is the author of four volumes of poetry, Magdalene: Poems; The Kingdom of Ordinary Time; The Good Thief; and What the Living Do, and she is the co-editor of a book of essays, In the Company of My Solitude: American Writing from the AIDS Pandemic. Magdalene: Poems was recently nominated in the 2017 National Book Award longlist. Her poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Poetry, Agni, Ploughshares, Harvard Review, and The Partisan Review, among others. She has been a fellow at the Bunting Institute at Radcliffe College and a recipient of NEA and Guggenheim fellowships, and Stanley Kunitz selected Howe for a Lavan Younger Poets Prize from the American Academy of Poets. In 2015, she received the Academy of American Poets Poetry Fellowship which recognizes distinguished poetic achievement. From 2012-2014, she served as the Poet Laureate of New York State.

Pádraig Ó Tuama is an Irish poet and theologian based in Belfast. His work is published by Canterbury Press and Hodder & Stoughton. He leads the Corrymeela Community, Ireland’s oldest peace and reconciliation community and is a regular contributor to BBC radio. He was recently featured on Krista Tippett’s On Being in March 2017.

Mark Wunderlich is the author of three volumes of poetry, the most recent of which is The Earth Avails, which received the Rilke Prize and was published by Graywolf Press in 2014.  His other books are Voluntary Servitude, and The Anchorage, which received the Lambda Literary Award.  He is the Director of the Bennington Writing Seminars graduate writing program and lives in New York’s Hudson Valley.

Sharon Olds was born in San Francisco and has lived in NYC for 50 years. Her first book, Satan Says (1980), received the inaugural San Francisco Poetry Center Award. Her second, The Dead and the Living, was both the Lamont Poetry Selection for 1983 and winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award. The Father was short-listed for the T. S. Eliot Prize in England, and The Unswept Room was a finalist for the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award. Stag’s Leap received the T.S. Eliot Award in England and the Pulitzer Prize in the U.S.

Gregory Pardlo’s  collection  Digest (Four Way Books) won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. His other honors include fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York Foundation for the Arts; his first collection Totem was selected by Brenda Hillman for the APR/Honickman Prize in 2007. He is Poetry Editor of Virginia Quarterly Review. Air Traffic, a memoir in essays, is forthcoming from Knopf.

Nick Flynn has worked as a ship’s captain, an electrician, and as a case-worker with homeless adults. His most recent book is My Feelings (Graywolf, 2015), a collection of poems. He is the author of a best-selling memoir, “Another Bullshit Night in Suck City,” published in 2005. The book was adapted into the 2012 feature film “Being Flynn” with characters played by Julianne Moore and Robert De Niro.

Peg Boyers, née Margarita O’Higgins, was born in Venezuela of Cuban and Irish parents. She teaches in the English Department at Skidmore College and is the executive editor of Salmagundi Magazine. She is the author of three books of poems: To Forget Venice, Hard Bread and Honey with Tobacco, all published by the University of Chicago Press.

Sheila Maldonado is the author of the poetry collections, one-bedroom solo (Fly by Night Press, 2011) and that’s what you get, forthcoming from Brooklyn Arts Press. She is a CantoMundo Fellow and a Creative Capital awardee as part of desveladas, a visual writing collective. She has served as an artist-in-residence on Governors Island for the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and as a Cultural Envoy to Honduras for the US State Department. She teaches creative writing at the City University of New York and holds degrees in English from Brown University and poetry from the City College of New York. She was born and raised in Brooklyn and is the child of Honduran immigrants. Sheila visited Spencer Reece and the girls at Our Little Roses orphanage during his stay in Honduras.

Martin Moran was awarded 2004 OBIE Award and two Drama Desk Nominations for his solo play The Tricky Part based on his memoir of the same title, and a 2013 Lucille Lortel Award for his play All The Rage. His Broadway and Off-Broadway credits include: Spamalot, Cabaret, Titanic, Bells Are Ringing, Cider House Rules and many others. His memoir, All The Rage, was recently published by Beacon Press. He lives in Manhattan with his husband Henry Stram and is a formal Zen student here at NYZCCC.

Soren Stockman’s poems have recently appeared or are forthcoming in The Iowa Review, the PEN Poetry Series, Tin House Online, Plume, Tupelo Quarterly, Southword Journal, BOAAT, Horsethief, Bellevue Literary Review, The Paris-American, and Narrative, which awarded him First Place in the 2013 Narrative 30 Below Contest. A recipient of fellowships from New York University, the Ucross Foundation, the New York State Summer Writers Institute, and the Lacawac Artists’ Residency, he now works at the NYU Creative Writing Program, and as Curator for Springhouse Journal. Soren taught with Spencer Reece at Our Little Roses orphanage during the making of the Counting Time Like People Count Stars anthology.

Tomás Q. Morín is the author of Patient Zero and A Larger Country, winner of the APR/ Honickman Prize. He translated Pablo Neruda’s The Heights of Macchu Picchu and with Mari L’Esperance co-edited Coming Close: Forty Essays on Philip Levine. He currently lives and works in Texas.

Mark Conway is a writer and poet from northern Minnesota and directs two separate literary arts initiatives at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University. He serves as director of the Literary Arts Institute (LAI) of the College of Saint Benedict and also directs Project Logos: The Center for Creative Writing Center.