romantic relationships

Reading
Susan Lowell Humphries reads from unpublished works.
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Elizabeth Evans reads excerpts from her third novel, Rowing in Eden.

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Jane Miller reads from her collection Midnights (2008).

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Lynn Emanuel reads from her third collection, The Dig (1992), which includes many persona poems focused on small town life in Nevada and the impacts of nuclear weapons testing. She opens with an early version of "The Politics of Narrative: Why I Am a Poet," which would later appear in Then, Suddenly— (1999).

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Karen Brennan reads from her short story collection Monsters (2016). This reading was originally given with Julie Iromuanya.

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Natasha Stagg reads from her novel Surveys (2016). This reading was originally given with Lawrence Lenhart and Benjamin Rybeck. 

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Sylvia Chan reads poems from her collection We Remain Traditional (2018). This reading was originally given with Francisco Cantú and Thomas Mira y Lopez.

Playlist

A sampling of the many love poems on Voca.

Reading

Sandra Cisneros and translator Liliana Valenzuela read from Cisneros' Woman Without Shame (2022) and Valenzuela's Spanish-language translation, Mujer sin vergüenza (2022), selecting poems that consider womanhood, aging, and freedom as a woman. Valenzuela also reads poems of her own from Codex of Journeys: Bendito camino (2012) and Codex of Love: Bendita ternura (2020), which also consider womanhood, desire, and the act of looking.

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Yanyi reads from his two published collections, The Year of Blue Water (2019) and Dream of the Divided Field (2022), opening with two early, uncollected poems and closing with one recent draft. Intimacy emerges as a thematic center—in friendships, romantic relationships, and with the self.

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