Need an excuse to get out of the cold? Enjoy an afternoon of poetry next week in the Perrine Gallery (Stewart Memorial Library, Second Floor) with two fantastic poets: Erica Bernheim and Hai-Dang Phan. The reading will be held on Tuesday, March 3rd at 4:30pm.
Erica Bernheim grew up in Ohio and Italy, and received her MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and her PhD from the University of Chicago. Her first collection of poems, The Mimic Sea, was published by 42 Miles Press in 2012. She is also the author of a chapbook called Between the Room and the City.
Bernheim’s love for writing began with the books she read on long car rides with her family: “I learned to read quickly and would think about whatever I read for a long time afterwards, trying to remember sentences verbatim, and puzzling over whatever I had forgotten to remember, hoping I could try something like whatever I had read in a book of my own at some point. I wanted to make other people feel the way I did when I read something I loved”(Source). She currently teaches at Florida Southern University.
Hai-Dang Phan was born in Vietnam and raised in Wisconsin. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in The New Yorker, Lana Turner, Diagram, The Volta, and elsewhere. His forthcoming chapbook, Small Wars, will be available through Convulsive Editions in 2015. Phan currently teaches at Grinell college, with a focus on ethinic American literature, poetry, translation, and the legacy of the Vietnam War in literature.
Both poets will read from their work before participating in a Q&A session about poetry, translation, and the writing life. As always, this reading is free and open to the public. We hope to see you there!