Zen and the Art of Poetry by Women - Mia Leonin + Alexandra Lytton Regalado
The Betsy and FIU Miami Beach Urban Studios, working in partnership with the poetry reading series and online literary journal, SWWIM (Supporting Women Writers in Miami), are pleased to present a new online series of salons featuring women and women identifying poets. Starting at 7PM Monday, April 27, 2020, you’re invited to “Zen and the Art of Poetry by Women,” curated by three major Miami literary voices: Jen Karetnick, Catherine Esposito Prescott, and Caridad Moro-Gronlier.
Presenting, Mia Leonin and Alexandra Lytton Regalado
Mia Leonin is the author of four poetry collections: Fable of the Pack-Saddle Child (BkMk Press), Braid, Unraveling the Bed, and Chance Born (Anhinga Press), and a memoir, Havana and Other Missing Fathers (University of Arizona Press). Leonin has been awarded fellowships from the State of Florida for poetry and creative nonfiction, two Money for Women grants by the Barbara Deming Fund, and she has been a fellow at the NEA/Annenberg Institute on Theater and Musical Theater. Leonin has published in New Letters, Prairie Schooner, Alaska Quarterly Review, Notre Dame Review, Guernica, Indiana Review, Witness, North American Review, River Styx, Chelsea, and others. Her poetry has been translated to Spanish and she has been invited to read at the Miami International Book Fair, Poesia en el Laurel in Granada, Spain, and in Barcelona, Spain. Leonin teaches creative writing at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida.
Alexandra Lytton Regalado’s poetry collection, Matria, is the winner of the St. Lawrence Book Award (Black Lawrence Press, 2017). She is a CantoMundo fellow and her work has appeared in The Best American Poetry 2018, Narrative, Gulf Coast, and Creative Nonfiction among others. Co-founder of Kalina press, Alexandra is author, editor, and/or translator of more than ten Central American-themed books. She lives in San Salvadora and serves as president of the board of directors of the El Salvador Museum of Art.
“Zen and the Art of Poetry by Women” debuts on April 27, 2020 @ 7 PM and will continue for four consecutive Mondays. Participating women poets selected by invitation will each appear in 1) an online reading and conversation and one of their poems will be 2) digitally published on SWWIM every day.