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Join The Ivy Bookshop as we once again transform our gardens into an event space for poetry, this time celebrating the collection WOUND IS THE ORIGIN OF WONDER by Maya Popa! In this astonishing collection, Popa dramatizes the difficulties of loving a world that is at once rich with beauty and full of opportunities for grief, and reveals that the natural arc of wonder, from astonishment to reflection, more deeply connects us with our humanity.
On July 26, Maya will read from her work alongside poets Dora Malech and Gabriella Fee, co-translators of DOLORE MINIMO by Giovanna Cristina Vivinetto. We'll be nestled in a corner of The Ivy's outdoor space, and we invite you to join us for this intimate, lovely evening. We encourage (and supply) picnic blankets (though there will also be chairs and benches available), and there will be a pop-up bar. Deep listening and genuine questions encouraged. We love gathering with you to talk about the draw and the impacts of poetry in the world.
Maya C. Popa is the author of Wound is the Origin of Wonder (2022) and American Faith (2019), a recipient of the North American Book Prize. She holds a PhD from Goldsmiths, University of London, on the role of wonder in poetry. She is the Poetry Reviews Editor of Publishers Weekly, Director of Creative Writing at the Nightingale-Bamford School, and teaches poetry at NYU and elsewhere.
Dora Malech’s most recent book of poetry is Flourish, published by Carnegie Mellon University Press in 2020. Tupelo Press published her chapbook Time Trying in Four Quartets: Poetry in the Pandemic in 2020 as well. Her poems have appeared numerous publications, including The New Yorker, Poetry, Poetry London, and The Best American Poetry, and her honors include an Amy Clampitt Residency Award, a Ruth Lilly Poetry Fellowship, and a Writing Residency Fellowship from the Civitella Ranieri Foundation. She lives in Baltimore and teaches in The Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University.
Gabriella Fee's poetry appears in The Common, Michigan Quarterly Review, Washington Square Review, Guesthouse, Sprung Formal, Levee Magazine, LETTERS, The American Literary Review (2019 Prize for Poetry), and elsewhere.
Their translation (with Dora Malech) of Giovanna Cristina Vivinetto’s Dolore Minimo won the 2021 Malinda A. Markham Translation Prize and was published in 2022 with Saturnalia Books. It was longlisted for a 2023 PEN Award for Poetry in Translation, and is currently a finalist for the 2022 Big Other Book Award for Translation. Excerpts appear in The Journal of Italian Translation, The Offing, Copper Nickel, On the Seawall, Smartish Pace, Alchemy, in the anthology Italian Trans Geographies, and as a feature in Poetry Daily.
They've been supported by fellowships and residencies at Yaddo and the Vermont Studio Center. They hold a BA from Wellesley College and an MFA from the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University, where they received the Elizabeth K. Moser Fund for Poetry Studies Fellowship in 2021 and the Dr. Benjamin J. Sankey Fellowship in Poetry in 2022.
They're currently a research fellow with the Society of Fellows in the Humanities, an adjunct professor in the Writing Seminars, and an instructor with Writers in Baltimore Schools.
TIME & DATE
Wednesday, July 26, 2023 - 6:00pm