KGB: Monday Night Poetry - Didi Jackson + Quraysh Ali Lansana + Tom Sleigh

April 30, 2018
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Didi Jackson’s poems have appeared in The New Yorker, Ploughshares, The Common, and Water~Stone Review among other publications. Her manuscript, Almost Animal, (now Killing Jar) was a finalist for the Alice James Book Award, the Lexi Rudnitsky First Book Prize by Persea Books, and the Autumn House Press first book award. Didi’s first collection of poems, Killing Jar, is forthcoming from Red Hen Press.  Her chapbook, Slag and Fortune, was published by Floating Wolf Quarterly (2013).  Currently, she teaches Poetry and the Visual Arts, 20th c. Poetry of War and Witness, and Creative Writing at the University of Vermont and serves as the poetry editor for Green Mountains Review. 

Quraysh Ali Lansana is author of eight poetry books, three textbooks, three children’s books, as well as the editor of eight anthologies, and coauthor of a book of pedagogy.  Passage, his poetry video collaboration with Kurt Heintz, won the first ever Image Union/Bob Award from WTTW-TV (PBS). Other awards include the 2006 Securing the Future Award from ETA Creative Arts Foundation; the 2000 Poet of the Year Award, presented by Chicago’s Black Book Fair; the 1999 Henry Blakely Award, presented by Gwendolyn Brooks; and the 1999 Wallace W. Douglas Distinguished Service Award, presented by Young Chicago Authors, Inc.He is a faculty member of the Creative Writing Program of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Tom Sleigh’s latest books are The Land Between Two Rivers: Writing in an Age of Refugees and House of Fact, House of Ruin, both out this February from Graywolf.  His earlier books include Station Zed, Army Cats, winner of the John Updike Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters (AAAL), and Space Walk, winner of the $100,000 Kingsley Tufts Award. Far Side of the Earth won an Academy Award from the AAAL, The Dreamhouse was a finalist for the LA Times Book Award, and The Chain was a finalist for the Lenore Marshall Prize. His work appears in The New Yorker, Poetry, as well as The Best of the Best American Poetry, The Best American Travel Writing, and The Pushcart Anthology. He’s received the PSA’s Shelley Prize, and awards from the American Academy in Berlin, Civitella Ranieri, the Lila Wallace Fund, the Guggenheim, two NEAs, among others. He teaches at Hunter College and works as a journalist in the Middle East and Africa.