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Sat, Sep 16


KCAI Gallery


A Common Sense Reading Series welcomes Hadara Bar-Nadav, Grant Matthew Jenkins & Jesse Nathan

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Time & Location

Sep 16, 2023, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM CDT

KCAI Gallery, 4415 Warwick Blvd, Kansas City, MO 64111, USA

About The Event

HADARA BAR-NADAV is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Poetry, the Lucille Medwick Award from the Poetry Society of America, and other honors. Her award-winning books include The Animal Is Chemical (Four Way Books, forthcoming), awarded the Levis Prize; The New Nudity (Saturnalia Books, 2017); Lullaby (with Exit Sign) (Saturnalia Books, 2013), awarded the Saturnalia Books Poetry Prize; The Frame Called Ruin (New Issues, 2012), Editor’s Selection/Runner Up for the Green Rose Prize; and A Glass of Milk to Kiss Goodnight (Margie/Intuit House, 2007), awarded the Margie Book Prize. She is also the author of two chapbooks, Fountain and Furnace (Tupelo Press, 2015), awarded the Sunken Garden Poetry Prize, and Show Me Yours (Laurel Review/Green Tower Press 2010), awarded the Midwest Poets Series Prize. In addition, she is co-author with Michelle Boisseau of the best-selling textbook Writing Poems, 8th ed. (Pearson, 2011). Her poems and essays have appeared in The American Poetry Review, The Believer, Kenyon Review, The New Republic, Ploughshares, Poetry, Tin House, and elsewhere.  She is a Professor of English and teaches in the MFA program at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

GRANT MATTHEW JENKINS, Associate Professor of English, teaches contemporary literature, theory, and creative writing at the University of Tulsa. He has published three books of poetry: Contingencies of the Bourgeoisie (Blazevox, 2023),  Joy of God and Other Series (Blackbird, 2003), which was a finalist for the Winnow Press first book competition, and Morphs(Cracked Slab 2009) written in collaboration with Cheryl Pallant. Some of his poems appear in Cannibal, Fresh Prints, Futures Trading, The Laurel Review, Poetrybay, and Continental Review. Jenkins’ novel, Ivory Tower, a campus thriller about a film prof taking down a corrupt athletics program, was published in 2020 by Atmosphere Press.

JESSE NATHAN was raised in northern California and rural Kansas. He teaches literature at UC Berkeley, and he was a founding editor of the McSweeney’s Poetry Series. His poems have appeared in The New York Review of Books, The Paris Review, and The New Republic. His first book of poems, Eggtooth, was published by Unbound Edition Press in 2023.

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