April 21st, 2022 - 7:00 PM - 12:00 AMDaniel Meltz's poetry's been published in Best New Poets2012, American Poetry Review, Salamander, upstreet, Imitation Fruit, Talking Writing, Audio Zine, Temenos, Assisi, Mudfish, CCAR Journal, Verse Wisconsin and other journals. He's a retired technical writer and teacher of the deaf and lives in both Manhattan and Queens. Soraya Shalforoosh’s first collection of poetry, This Version of Earth was published by Barrow Street in November 2014. Soraya has been a featured poet in the Journal of the Academy of American Poets Emerging Poet Series, and has had poems and reviews in Black Earth Institute, Apogee Journal, New York Quarterly, Bomb Magazine, Taos Journal, Barrow Street, Lumina Journal,Skanky Possum, Marlboro Review, WSQ, Tribes.org, etc. Soraya has her MFA in Creative Writing from the New School and as an undergraduate at Clark University, won first place in the Prentiss Cheney Hoyt Poetry award. Ms. Shalforoosh has been a guest poet at William Paterson University in NJ, Berkeley College in New York, San Jose State University and guest speaker at the American Embassy in Algeria. Soraya was a poetry fellow at the Frost Place in July, 2017. Soraya is currently slowly working on a novel that may turn into a book of poetry. Sokunthary Svay was born in a refugee camp in Thailand shortly after her parents fled Cambodia following the fall of the Khmer Rouge. They resettled in the Bronx, where she grew up. Currently pursuing a PhD in English at the CUNY Graduate Center, she is a founding member of the Cambodian American Literary Arts Association (CALAA) and has received fellowships from the American Opera Project, Poets House, Willow Books, and CUNY, as well as commissions from Washington National Opera, White Snake Project, and ISSUE Project Room. Her first book, Apsara in New York, was published in 2017. Her first opera with Liliya Ugay, Woman of Letters, premiered at the Kennedy Center in January 2020. Svay’s second opera with Ugay, Chhlong Tonle, received its premiere in March 2022.