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Zen and The Art of Poetry by Women

Story by: The Betsy - South Beach

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. “Zen and the Art of Poetry by Women” was curated by three major Miami literary voices: Jen Karetnick, Catherine Esposito Prescott, and Caridad Moro-Gronlier. 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.   “We are delighted to be able to share the work of poets living all over the world, and that’s one of the exciting benefits of bringing SWWIM programming online!”, noted curators, Karetnick, Prescott, and Moro.

Naoko Fujimoto and Freesia McKee

Presenting: Naoko Fujimoto and Freesia McKee

April 27, 2020

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). 

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, and others.

Mia Leonin and Alexandra Lytton Regalado

Presenting: Mia Leonin and Alexandra Lytton Regalado

May 4, 2020

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. 

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, and Creative Nonfiction among others. 

Cynthia Atkins and Sonia Greenfield

Presenting: Cynthia Atkins and Sonia Greenfield

May 11, 2020

Cynthia Atkins is the author of Psyche’s Weathers and In The Event of Full Disclosure, and Still-Life With God (Saint Julian Press 2020). Her poems have appeared in numerous journals, including, Alaska Quarterly Review, Apogee, and BOMB.

Sonia Greenfield is the author of two full-length collections of poetry. Letdown, released in March, was selected for the 2020 Marie Alexander Series and published by White Pine Press. Her collection, Boy With a Halo at the Farmer's Market, won the 2014 Codhill Poetry Prize and was published in 2015.

Juliana Gray and Caroline Cabrera

Presenting: Juliana Gray and Caroline Cabrera

May 18, 2020

Juliana Gray is the author of three poetry collections, most recently Honeymoon Palsy (Measure Press 2017). She is also the author of Roleplay (Dream Horse Press 2012, winner of the Orphic Prize and the Eugene Paul Nassar Prize), and The Man Under My Skin (River City Publishing 2005).

Caroline Cabrera is the author of three poetry collections, most recently Saint X. Her lyric essay collection, (lack begins as a tiny rumble) is forthcoming from Tinderbox Editions. She has taught writing at the University of Massachusetts, Florida Atlantic University, and Metropolitan State University of Denver.