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Poetry Reading: Mark Pawlak & Sejal Shah
November 1, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Friends and Foundation of the Rochester Public Library (FFRPL) and Writers & Books invite the public to a poetry reading, book signing and wine reception with two nationally-known writers, Mark Pawlak and Sejal Shah. Books will be available to purchase at the event.
Mark Pawlak, an editor at Hanging Loose Press and HL Magazine, published Sejal Shah’s first poem when she was in high school. Later, Mark and Sejal met in Boston, when Sejal attended college in the area. They have kept in touch about writing and the writing life ever since and share a Western New York background (Mark is originally from Buffalo and Sejal grew up in Rochester).
More information at the Writers & Books website: https://wab.org/events/
About the Poets
Mark Pawlak is the author of nine poetry collections and the editor of six anthologies. His most recent book is Reconnaissance: New and Selected Poems and Poetic Journals 2005 – 2015, (Hanging Loose Press, 2016). Other books include Natural Histories, (Cervena Barva Press, 2015) and Go to the Pine: Quoddy Journals 2005 – 2010 (Plein Air Editions/Bootstrap Press, 2012). His poems have appeared widely in such anthologies as The Best American Poetry and Blood to Remember: American Poets on the Holocaust; and in many literary magazines, including New American Writing, Mother Jones, and more. He teaches mathematics at the University of Massachusetts Boston, where he is Director of Academic Support Programs. He lives in Cambridge.
Sejal Shah’s writing has been nominated for Best American Essays and the Pushcart Prize, and awarded an Academy of American Poets Prize. Her lyric essays and short fiction appear in Brevity; Conjunctions; The Kenyon Review; The Literary Review; and others. Her work has appeared in six anthologies including BULLSEYE (Hanging Loose Press), INDIVISIBLE: An Anthology of Contemporary South Asian American Poetry (University of Arkansas Press), GHAZALS FOR FOLEY (Hinchas Press), and the forthcoming MAD HEART BE BRAVE: On the Poetry of Agha Shahid Ali (University of Michigan Press). The recipient of artist residencies from Blue Mountain Center, the Millay Colony for the Arts, and New York University, she has also been awarded fellowships from Kundiman and the Ragdale Foundation. She lives in Rochester and teaches creative writing at Writers & Books and the University of Rochester.