FREE WATER #6.2 with Four Way Books

May 27, 2015
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

FREE WATER #6.2: Daniel Wolff, Elizabeth T. Gray Jr., Rachel Eliza Griffiths, Gregory Pardlo

Daniel Wolff’s latest book, The Names of Birds, will be released by Four Way Books in March 2015. Wolff has authored nine other books of poetry and nonfiction. His poems have appeared in the American Poetry Review, The Paris Review, Ploughshares, Raritan, and The Threepenny Review, among others. He’s helped produce a number of documentary films directed by Oscar winner Jonathan Demme (of Silence of the Lambs fame) and has appeared on Tavis Smiley’s nationally syndicated PBS show, NPR, and in a number of documentaries and films. His critical writing has been featured in numerous publications from The New York Times to Wooden Boat.

Elizabeth T. Gray Jr. is the author of SERIES | India (Four Way Books, 2015), as well as three previous books. Her translations from classical and contemporary Persian include The Green Sea of Heaven: Fifty Ghazals from the Diwan-i Hafiz-i Shiraz (1995) and Iran: Poems of Dissent (2013). Sections of the Tibeto-Mongolian folk epic “The Life of King Kesar of Ling,” co-translated with Dr. Siddiq Wahid of the University of Kashmir, were included in Columbia University Press’s Sources of Tibetan Tradition (2013) and appeared in The Harvard Review Online. Other work has appeared or is forthcoming in Little Star, Poetry International, Mantis, The Kenyon Review Online, New England Review, Ploughshares, AGNI, Best New Poets 2012, and elsewhere. She is a Senior Fellow at the Wharton Program on Global Strategy and Knowledge-Intensive Organizations, and was the founding CEO/Managing Partner of Conflict Management, Inc. and Alliance Management Partners, consulting firms that assisted global corporations and government form, manage and repair complex inter-organizational alliances. She has a B.A. and J. D. from Harvard University and an M.F.A. from The M.F.A. Program from Writers at Warren Wilson College. www.elizabethtgrayjr.com.

Rachel Eliza Griffiths is the author of Lighting the Shadow (Four Way Books, 2015). Griffiths is also the author of three other collections of poetry, including Mule & Pear (New Issues Poetry & Prose), which was selected for the 2012 Inaugural Poetry Award by the Black Caucus of the American Library Association. Griffiths is the recipient of a number of fellowships from the Cave Canem Foundation, the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, the Vermont Studio Center, the Millay Colony, and others. Her first video project, P.O.P. (Poets on Project), features a virtual, cinematic village of over 80 contemporary poets in conversation on the Academy of American Poets’ website (http://www.poets.org/poetsorg/text/poets-poetry-virtual-village-discovery-and-poetics). Griffiths’ visual and literary work has appeared widely. Currently, she teaches creative writing at Sarah Lawrence College and lives in Brooklyn.

Born in Philadelphia in 1968, Gregory Pardlo is a graduate of Rutgers University, Camden. As an undergraduate, he managed the small jazz club his grandfather owned in nearby Pennsauken, NJ. He received the MFA from NYU as a New York Times Fellow in Poetry in 2001. Pardlo is the author of Digest (Four Way Books, 2014), and Totem, winner of the 2007 American Poetry Review/ Honickman Prize, and translator of Niels Lyngsoe’s, Pencil of Rays and Spiked Mace (Bookthug, 2004). His poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, Boston Review, The Nation, Ploughshares, Tin House, and two editions of Best American Poetry, as well anthologies including Angles of Ascent, the Norton Anthology of Contemporary African American Poetry. He is the recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship and a fellowship for translation from the National Endowment for the Arts. He has received other fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the Lotos Club Foundation and Cave Canem. He is currently a PhD candidate in English at the Graduate Center, CUNY, and teaches undergraduate writing at Columbia University. He serves as an Associate Editor of Callaloo, and is a facilitator of the Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop.