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ONLINE EVENT - The Loom Zoom Poetry Series

The Loom Poetry Series is a Harrisville-based initiative to highlight and celebrate the best in contemporary poetry. They will be presenting two contemporary poets, Jennifer Militello with A Camouflage of Specimens and Garments and Chen Chen with When I Grow Up I Want to be a List of Further Possibilities.

Rebecca Gibson, founder of the Loom Poetry Series, will moderate this event.

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Jennifer Militello’s A Camouflage of Specimens and Garments is her third full-length collection with fragmentary letters addressing illness and struggle, interspersed with the voices of mythological heroes and long-dead composers, ancient goddesses, and murdered girls. Chen Chen’s debut When I Grow Up I Want to be a List of Further Possibilities interrogates the fragile, inherited ways of approaching love and family from Asian American, immigrant, and queer perspectives. The authors will be presenting excerpts of these and other works and will answer questions from participants during this live Zoom event. This event will be moderated by local poet Rebecca Kaiser Gibson, author of Opinel and the forthcoming collection Girl as Birch, which will be released in spring of 2021.

Jennifer Militello is the author of The Pact, forthcoming from Tupelo Press in 2021 and Knock Wood, winner of the Dzanc Nonfiction Prize, as well as four additional collections of poetry: A Camouflage of Specimens and Garments, finalist for the Eric Hoffer Book Award and the Sheila Margaret Motton Prize; Body Thesaurus, named one of the top books of 2013 by Best American Poetry and runner-up for the Poetry Society of America’s Alice Fay Di Castagnola Award; Flinch of Song, winner of the Tupelo Press First Book Award; and the chapbook Anchor Chain, Open Sail. Her work has been published widely in such journals as American Poetry Review, The Kenyon Review, The Nation, The New Republic, The Paris Review, Ploughshares, POETRY, Tin House, and anthologized in Best American Poetry, Best New Poets, Poem-a-Day: 365 Poems for Every Occasion, and The Manifesto Project. She has been awarded the Barbara Bradley Award, the Yeats Poetry Prize, the Ruskin Art Club Poetry Award, the Betty Gabehart Prize, and the 49th Parallel Award, as well as grants and fellowships from the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts, the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund, Writers at Work, and the Millay Colony for the Arts. Militello teaches in the MFA program at New England College. She lives in Goffstown, New Hampshire.

Chen Chen is the author of When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities, which was long-listed for the National Book Award and won the Thom Gunn Award, the A. Poulin Jr. Poetry Prize, and other honors. Last summer, Bloodaxe Books published the UK edition. He is also the author of four chapbooks, most recently GESUNDHEIT! (with Sam Herschel Wein). His work appears in many publications, including Poetry, Ploughshares, Poem-a-Day, and The Best American Poetry (2015 & 2019). He has received a Pushcart Prize and fellowships from Kundiman and the National Endowment for the Arts. He holds an MFA from Syracuse University and a PhD from Texas Tech University. He teaches at Brandeis University as the Jacob Ziskind Poet-in-Residence and co-runs the journal, Underblong. He lives in Waltham, MA with his partner, Jeff Gilbert and their pug, Mr. Ruper Giles.

Rebecca Kaiser Gibson, the moderator of this event, lives in Marlborough, New Hampshire, and taught poetry at Tufts University. In 2008, she received the Artist Fellowship in Poetry from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. A previous resident at the MacDowell Colony and The Heinrich Boll Cottage in Ireland, in 2011 she received a Fulbright Fellowship to teach poetry in Hyderabad, India. Her poems have been published in Agni, Antigonish, The Boston Phoenix, Field, The Greensboro Review, The Harvard Review, MARGIE, Mothering, Northwest Review, Pleiades, Salamander, Slate, The Adroit Journal, 236 Magazine, Tupelo Quarterly, Tupelo's 30/30 project, the Taos Journal of International Poetry & Art, reprinted in an anthology called Cadence of Hooves, and featured on Verse Daily. She has previously published two chapbooks--Admit the Peacock and Inside the Exhibition.

Jennifer, Chen, and Rebecca’s books are available for purchase below. Jennifer's upcoming book Rant is available for preorder, as is Rebecca's forthcoming book Girl as Birch.

The next LOOM Poets Reading
We look forward to gathering together again, in person, in April 2021 to hear
Major Jackson & Didi Jackson
Reading from their new books and other works:
The Absurd Man, by Major Jackson
Moon Jar, by Didi Jackson

Event date: 
Sunday, November 15, 2020 - 4:30pm
Event address: 
A Camouflage of Specimens and Garments Cover Image
ISBN: 9781936797752
Availability: In Stock, Click Title for Location
Published: Tupelo Press - May 2nd, 2016

Knock Wood: A Memoir in Essays Cover Image
ISBN: 9781945814969
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Published: Dzanc Books - August 13th, 2019

Body Thesaurus Cover Image
ISBN: 9781936797288
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Published: Tupelo Press - May 31st, 2013

Flinch of Song Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781932195767
Availability: Special Order
Published: Tupelo Press - November 1st, 2009

When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities (A. Poulin) Cover Image
By Chen Chen, Jericho Brown (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9781942683339
Availability: In Stock, Click Title for Location
Published: BOA Editions - April 11th, 2017

Opinel: Poems Cover Image
ISBN: 9780872332027
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Published: Bauhan Pub - October 6th, 2015

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Girl as Birch: Poems Cover Image
ISBN: 9780872333338
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Bauhan Pub - April 6th, 2021

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