Belladonna* with: Nguyen, Rankine, and Rivera at Queens College

Monday, May 1st @ 6:30PM
Godwin-Ternbach Museum
Klapper Hall, 4th Floor
Queens College, CUNY
65-30 Kissena Blvd.

Please join us for the second installment of what we hope will be a long-running collaboration between the Queens College English Department and the Belladonna* Collaborative, which is bringing you an INCREDIBLE lineup of poets to the Godwin-Ternbach Museum, Queens College. Hoa Nguyen, Camille Rankine, and Eléna Rivera will all be reading from their work, with a Q&A to follow, facilitated by Marines Gonzalez DeJesus.

Don’t miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime event!


ELÉNA RIVERA was born in Mexico City, and spent her formative years in Paris. She is the author of three books of poems, most recently SCAFFOLDING from Princeton University Press (Princeton Series of Contemporary Poets, 2017), as well as numerous chapbooks. Her poetry has appeared in The Nation, The New York Times, Denver Quarterly, Jacket2 and The Volta among others. She won the 2010 Robert Fagles prize for her translation of Bernard Noël’s The Rest of the Voyage (Graywolf Press, 2011) and is a recipient of a 2010 National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship in Translation.

CAMILLE RANKINE is the daughter of Jamaican immigrants. Her first book of poetry, Incorrect Merciful Impulses, was published in 2016 by Copper Canyon Press. She is the author of the chapbook Slow Dance with Trip Wire, selected by Cornelius Eady for the Poetry Society of America’s 2010 New York Chapbook Fellowship, and a recipient of a 2010 “Discovery”/Boston Review Poetry Prize. Her poetry has appeared in Atlas Review, American Poet, The Baffler, Boston Review, Denver Quarterly, Gulf Coast, Octopus Magazine, Paper Darts, Phantom Books, A Public Space, Tin House, and elsewhere. She serves on the Executive Committee of VIDA: Women in Literary Arts, and as president of the board of The Poetry Project. She teaches creative writing at Brown and Columbia, and lives in New York City.

HOA NGUYEN was born in the Mekong Delta, raised in the Washington DC area, and currently makes her home in Toronto. Her poetry collections include As Long As Trees Last , Red Juice, Poems 1998-2008, and Violet Energy Ingots from Wave Books. She teaches poetics at Ryerson University, for Miami University’s low residency MFA program, for the Milton Avery School for Fine Arts at Bard College, and in a long-running, private workshop.



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