SHANE McCRAE & CARMEN GIMÉNEZ SMITH

April 10, 2013 - 7:00pm
Prairie Lights

Iowa Writers’ Workshop graduates Shane McCrae and Carmen Giménez Smith will read from their recent books of poetry. Whiting Award-winner Shane McCrae will read from Blood, his new book of poetry from Noemi Press. He is the author of a previous book of poetry, Mule, and a chapbook called In Canaan. In 2012, McCrae's collection Mule was selected as a finalist for the Kate Tufts Discovery Award and a PEN Center USA Literary Award. His poems have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including Best American Poetry 2010, American Poetry Review, African American Review, Fence, and AGNI. He is also the recipient of a 2013 NEA Creative Writing Fellowship. He lives in Iowa City. “This work has the rhythms of the ocean. We follow him out to sea, and the poems become increasingly poignant the farther out you get. You find yourself washed up on a shoal where the words, like a rock, break your heart.” — Whiting Selection Committee

Carmen Giménez Smith will read from Goodbye, Flicker, her Juniper Prize winning collection of poems. Giménez Smith is the author of a memoir, Bring Down the Little Birds, three poetry collections—Goodbye, Flicker, The City She Was, and Odalisque in Pieces and three poetry chapbooks, Reason's Monsters, Can We Talk Here, and Glitch. She has also co-edited a fiction anthology, My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me. She is the recipient of a 2011 American Book Award, the 2011 Juniper Prize for Poetry, and a 2011-2012 fellowship in creative nonfiction from the Howard Foundation. She teaches in the creative writing programs at New Mexico State University and Ashland University, while serving as the editor-in-chief of the literary journal Puerto del Sol and the publisher of Noemi Press. She lives in Las Cruces, New Mexico.