A Reading with Trapeta B. Mayson and Andrew Brenza

by offtopicpoetics

Please join us for the last Penn Poetry and Poetics reading of 2016 with Trapeta B. Mayson and Andrew Brenza!

6:30pm-7:30 pm, Wednesday December 7, 2016
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. The event is free and open to the public.

Trapeta B. Mayson reads her poetry widely and works extensively conducting poetry and creative writing workshops. Her work sheds light on and honors the immigrant experience as well as amplifies the stories of everyday people. She is a recipient of a Pew Fellowship, Leeway Transformation Award, Leeway Art and Change Grant and Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Grants. Her work was also nominated for a 2016 Pushcart Prize. She is the author of two books, She Was Once Herself and Mocha Melodies. Her other publications include submissions in The American Poetry Review, Epiphany Literary Journal, Aesthetica Magazine, Margie: The American Journal of Poetry among others. Trapeta is a graduate of Temple University, Bryn Mawr Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research and Villanova University School of Business. She is a native of Liberia, Executive Director of Historic Germantown and a member of the Greene Street Artists Cooperative.

Andrew Brenza spent his childhood exploring the woods and streams of New York’s Hudson Valley. He later attended Boston University where he earned a BA in English literature and then Temple University where he earned an MA in creative writing. He is the author of three chapbooks, 21 Skies (Shirt Pocket Press, 2015), And Then (forthcoming from Grey Book Press), and 10 Skies (forthcoming from Beard of Bees Press). His work can be found in various online and print journals, including Beloit Poetry Journal, The Cortland Review, Jellyfish, and Sink. Gossamer Lid is his first full-length collection. He is currently the director of a small public library in southern New Jersey.