Aracelis Girmay & High School Prize-Winners, Tuesday

Girmay served as the judge of the seventh annual Smith College Poetry Prize for High School Girls in New England.

Poet Aracelis Girmay

Tuesday, April 9, 2013
7:30 pm  Poetry Reading - followed by a book sale and signing, Neilson Library Browsing Room

Girmay will be joined on stage by the high school prize-winners who will present their winning poems at the start of Girmay's reading. She chose as the winner Helena Ainsworth, who attends Newburyport High School in Newburyport, Mass., and three finalists: Annalise Cain of Ashfield and Deja Carr of Hadley, both of whom attend the Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter School, and Nadia Gribkova of Moscow, who attends the Westover School in Middlebury, Conn.

The reading is supported by the Program for the Study of Women and Gender and is free, open to the public, and wheelchair accessible. For more information, please cosult the news release on the Smith College website, or visit the Poetry Center website. Link to past SC Libraries Poetry Center Readings resource pages.

Born and raised in southern California, Girmay earned her master of fine arts degree from New York University. She is a contributing editor of The Massachusetts Review and is on the faculty of Hampshire College and the low-residency MFA program at Drew University.

book cover Kingdom Animalia by Aracelis Girmay

Girmay weaves her multicultural heritage (Eritrean, Puerto Rican and African American) into a distinctive political voice in her debut collection of poems, Teeth. She is not afraid to take on any subject, including rape and genocide, and brings to her poems gravity, passion and a sustaining voice of hope.

Her second volume, Kingdom Animalia, won the Isabella Gardner Award and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle, which dubbed her “an American original.” 

Internet Site
Bill Moyers Journal (PBS) - watch Girmay read from her collection of poems at a recent event
The Progressive - listen to an interview with Girmay
From the Fishhouse: an audio archive of emerging poets - read and listen to poems by Girmay


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