All events are free, open to the public, and followed by a reception!
Independence Hall, Hoffmann Room 154, Upper College Road, Kingston, RI 02881; Phone: (401) 874-5931
University of Rhode Island English Department
ANNUAL READING SERIES
Wednesday, October 10, 2007, 4-6pm
Poets, Michael Cirelli & Ada Limón
Michael Cirelli is a poet and educator originally from Providence, Rhode Island. He has been an Individual Finalist at The National Poetry Slam and was the only person to make all three Bay Area slam teams in the same year, winning the finals in both San Francisco and Berkeley. He has performed his work all over the United States and Canada and has taught writing workshops up and down the West Coast and in NYC. While in Los Angeles, he was the director of PEN Center West's Poet In The Classroom program. He is currently the Associate Programs Coordinator for Urban Word NYC through the Teachers and Writers Collaborative and has an MFA from The New School University. He has been published in numerous journals and anthologies and has self-published seven chapbooks; a full-length collection appearing from Hanging Loose Press in 2008. He currently lives in Brooklyn, NY.
Ada Limón is originally from Sonoma, California. A graduate of the Creative Writing Program at New York University, she won the Chicago Literary Award for Poetry and has received fellowships from the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center and the New York Foundation for the Arts. She works as the Copy Director for GQ Magazine and is teaching a Master Class for Columbia University’s MFA program in Spring 2008. Her first book, lucky wreck, was the winner of the 2005 Autumn House Poetry Prize. Her second book, This Big Fake World, was the winner of the 2005 Pearl Poetry Prize.