The Thing In The Spring presents the two poets reading from their works at the bookstore. The reading will be preceded by a Bach Suite for Solo Cello performed by a musician from Monadnock Music.
James Crew's first collection of poetry, The Book of What Stays, won the 2010 Prairie Schooner Book Prize and received a Foreword Magazine Book of the Year Award. His second collection, Telling My Father, won the Cowles Prize and will be published by Southeast Missouri State University Press. He lives on an organic farm with his partner in Shaftsbury, Vermont and teaches in the low-residency MFA program at Eastern Oregon University.
Born in Macau, Fujianese poet Wo Chan earned a BA at the University of Virginia, where he received a Rachel St. Paul Poetry Award. In his poems, Chan often moves in several directions at once, engaging memory, identity, and the body. “Wo challenges binaries, questions the conceit of ‘normal,’ and examines the intersectionality of gender, sexuality, race, and otherness,” observes Emily Yoon in a 2015 statement on the Asian American Writers’ Workshop website. He lives in Brooklyn and is a member of the Brooklyn-based drag alliance Switch n’ Play.