One Pause Poetry Series welcomes nationally acclaimed poets Aimee Nezhukumatathil, Jennifer Chang, and Khaled Mattawa to their new reading location: METAL, at 220 Felch Street in downtown Ann Arbor.
All three poets are known for their highly lyric and accessible work. Khaled Mattawa’s prizes and fellowships include a Guggenheim and an Academy of American Poets Prize, and Jennifer Chang and Aimee Nezhukumatathil have both been named “Poets to Watch, Under Forty” by former Poet Laureate Rita Dove. Nezhukumatathil is the recipient of an NEA fellowship and a Pushcart Prize. Chang co-chairs Kundiman, an organization dedicated to the creation, cultivation, and promotion of Asian-American poetry.
The 7 p.m. reading on April 6 will be followed by a recorded public conversation on Saturday morning, April 7, at 10:30am. The poets will discuss their poetic process, inspirations, and why poetry matters.
April 6, 7-9 p.m.: Reading with Aimee Nezhukumatathil, Jennifer Chang, and Khaled Mattawa. Reception and book-signing to follow.
April 7, 10:30 a.m.-noon: Conversations with Poets: Aimee Nezhukumatathil, Jennifer Chang, and Khaled Mattawa. One Pause Director Sarah Messer will interview the poets, and. the interview will be recorded and archived as a part of the One Pause Archive Project.
All readings and conversations are FREE and open to the public. Location: METAL, 220 Felch Street, Ann Arbor, Michigan.
One Pause Poetry is part of the nonprofit arts organization Copper Colored Mountain Arts, which serves Southeastern Michigan. The One Pause poetry series is named after the 15th-century poet Ikkyu Sojun. In 15th century Japan, one was not considered human if they did not read, write, and know poetry, so ingrained was poetry in the culture. It’s something One Pause aspires to here and now. One Pause presents a series of FREE public readings each year, an annual fall conference, lectures, and workshops.
One Pause Poetry and its programs are sponsored by the Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation.
CONTACT: Sarah Messer, One Pause Poetry