2019 Carol Ann Donahue Poetry Reading: Raquel Salas Rivera and Raza Ali Hasan
Wednesday, April 17, 7:00 pm–8:30 pm
Raquel Salas Rivera is the 2018-19 Poet Laureate of Philadelphia. Their work has appeared in the Journal of the Institute of Puerto Rican Culture, Apogee, PEN Poetry Series and McSweeney’s. They are the first recipient of the Ambroggio Prize from the Academy of American Poets for their dual-language book x/ex/exis. They have authored six chapbooks as well as four full-length poetry books. Their book Lo Terciario/The Tertiary was on the 2018 National Book Award longlist and was selected by Publishers Weekly as one of the best poetry books of 2018. In 2019, Birds, LLC will publish their fifth book while they sleep (under the bed is another country), which will include images created by the Puerto Rican artist Mariana Ramos Ortiz.
Raza Ali Hasan was born in Bangladesh and raised in Islamabad, Pakistan, before moving to the United States in 1991. Hasan is the author of Sorrows of the Warrior Class (Sheep Meadow Press, 2015), 67 Mogul Miniatures (Autumn House Press, 2008) and Grieving Shias (Sheep Meadow Prize, 2006). He teaches at the University of Colorado–Boulder.