Zen and the Art of Poetry by Women - Naoko Fujimoto + Freesia McKee
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, Naoko Fujimoto and Freesia McKee
Naoko Fujimoto was born, raised in Nagoya, Japan, and author of Where I Was Born, winner of the editor's choice by Willow Books (2019) and Glyph:Graphic Poetry=Trans. Sensory by Tupelo Press (2020). Her chapbooks, Mother Said, I Want Your Pain, winner of the Shared Dream Immigrant Contest by Backbone Press (2018), Silver Seasons of Heartache (2017) by Glass Lyre Press, Home, No Home (2016), winner of the annual Oro Fino Chapbook Competition by Educe Press, are also available from each press. Her most recent publications are in POETRY, Kenyon Review, the Seattle Review, Diode Poetry Journal, and PANK. She is a RHINO Poetry associate editor.
Freesia McKee is author of the chapbook How Distant the City (Headmistress Press, 2018). Her words have appeared in cream city review, The Feminist Wire, Painted Bride Quarterly, CALYX, Gertrude, So to Speak, Nimrod International Journal, Bone Bouquet, Flyway, and the Ms. Magazine Blog. Freesia's poetry is forthcoming in The Hollins Critic, The Antigonish Review, and The Grabbed Anthology. Her book reviews have appeared in South Florida Poetry Journal, Gulf Stream, and The Drunken Odyssey. Freesia was the winner of CutBank Literary Journal’s 2018 Patricia Goedicke Prize in Poetry, chosen by Sarah Vap.
“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.