Reading with Paolo Javier and Julia Kolchinsky Dasbach

by offtopicpoetics

Please join us for the second Penn Poetry and Poetics reading of 2015 with Paolo Javier and Julia Kolchinsky Dasbach

7:00pm-8pm, Tuesday October 13, 2015
Where: Grad Lounge 330, Fisher Bennett Hall (3rd floor)
Walnut and 34th Street

Penn Poetry and Poetics offers a series of casual, conversational events structured around the presentation of one or two poems and a short critical talk by each guest.

Paolo Javier was born in the Philippines and grew up in Las Piñas, Metro Manila; Katonah, New York; Cairo, Egypt; and Vancouver, British Columbia. He earned his BFA from the University of British Columbia and worked in experimental theater before returning to New York City. Javier’s collections of poetry include The Feeling Is Actual (Marsh Hawk Press, 2011); 60 lv bo(e)mbs (O Books, 2005); the time at the end of this writing (Ahadada, 2004), recipient of a Small Press Traffic Book of the Year Award; and Court of the Dragon (Nightboat Books, 2015), which Publisher’s Weekly called “a linguistic time machine.” He is the recipient of grants and fellowships from the Queens Council on the Arts and the New York State Council on the Arts, and has held residencies at ACA Gallery, the Millay Colony of the Arts, and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Workspace Program. For more than ten years, he edited and published the experimental art and poetry journal 2nd Avenue Poetry. He is the former poet laureate of Queens, where he’s lived since 1999.

Julia Kolchinsky Dasbach emigrated as a Jewish refugee from Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine in 1993. She holds an MFA in Poetry from the University of Oregon and is a Ph.D. student in the University of Pennsylvania’s Comparative Literature & Literary Theory program. Her research focuses on the lyric rendering of trauma in contemporary American poetry composed by emigrants of the former Soviet Union. Her poetry has appeared in Missouri Review, Gulf Coast, and TriQuarterly, among others. She has received fellowships from the Bread Loaf and TENT Writers’ Conferences as well as the Auschwitz Jewish Center. Julia is the author of The Bear Who Ate the Stars, winner of Split Lip Magazine’s 2014 Uppercut Chapbook Award. She is also the Editor-in-Chief of Construction Magazine. Learn more by visiting her website.