From Across the Waters: Voices for Immigration - poetry reading and discussion

Thursday, November 21, 2019
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM (ET)
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 What can words do in response to animosity and violence, often targeting immigrants and refugees? In the wake of last year's Tree of Life Synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh, writers Olga Livshin and Julia Kolchinsky Dasbach started the reading series From Across the Waters: Voices for Immigration. Now a year strong, the series presents immigrants and allies of immigrants writing across genres about immigration in today's America.

Rosebud Ben-Oni is the winner of 2019 Alice James Award for If This Is the Age We End Discovery, forthcoming in 2021. Born to a Mexican mother and Jewish father, Ben-Oni is also the author of turn around, BRXGHT XYXS, forthcoming Fall 2019 from Get Fresh Books LLC. She is a recipient of the 2014 NYFA Fellowship in Poetry and a 2013 CantoMundo Fellow. Her work appears in POETRY and The American Poetry Review, and is widely published.

Ananda Lima’s work has appeared or is upcoming in The American Poetry Review, The Academy of American Poets’, The Kenyon Review Online, and elsewhere. Her chapbook Translation (Paper Nautilus, 2019) won the 2018 Vella Chapbook Contest. She served as the poetry judge for the 2019 AWP Kurt Brown Prize. She has taught at UCLA, Montclair State University, Rutgers University and was a mentor in the NYFA Immigrant Artist – Newark and the Adroit Journal
Mentorship programs. 

paulA neves, a Luso-American writer, mixed media artist and Newark native whose work often considers the legacy of immigrant forbears, is, among other things, the author of the poetry chapbook capricornucopia: the dream of the goats (Finishing Line Press 2018) and the co-author with photographer Nick Kline of the poetry/photography risograph book Shirts & Skins (Shine
Portrait Studio Press 2017). Visit for more information.

Moderator Julia Kolchinsky Dasbach emigrated from Ukraine as a Jewish refugee when she was six. She is the author of The Many Names for Mother, winner of the Wick Poetry Prize (Kent State UP, 2019) and The Bear Who Ate the Stars (Split Lip, 2014). Don’t Touch the Bones won the 2019 Idaho Poetry Prize and is forthcoming from Lost Horse Press. 40 WEEKS is forthcoming from YesYes Books. Julia is completing her Ph.D. at the University of Pennsylvania. 

Moderator Olga Livshin grew up in Odessa and Moscow, and came to the United States with her parents when she was fourteen. She is the author of A Life Replaced: Poems with Translations from Anna Akhmatova and Vladimir Gandelsman (2019). Livshin's poems, translations, and essays are published in The Kenyon Review, Mad Hatters' Review, and other journals. The poet and filmmaker Mohsen Emadi has translated her work into Persian and included it in The Persian Anthology of World Poetry

This event is free and open to the public, and is sponsored by the Libraries, the English Department, and the Center for Peace and Global Citizenship.

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