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Prize Poets Reading Program at the Houston Public Library

Winners of the Prestigious Yale Younger Poets Competition to be Featured
January 12, 2013 at 2 PM

WHAT: The Houston Public Library in partnership with Public Poetry presents the first annual Prize Poets program which will showcase nationally-acclaimed poets. For the inaugural event, two winners of the prestigious Yale Younger Poets prize will be featured: Fady Joudah and Katherine Larson. Both poets were selected for this award by Louise Glück, who served as the 2003-2004 US Poet Laureate and is the recipient of a Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, among other notable awards.The program is free and open to the public.

WHO: Fady Joudah
Katherine Larson

WHEN: Saturday, January 12, 2013 at 2PM

WHERE: Houston Public Library
Central Library, 4th floor, Program Place
500 McKinney, 77002, 832-393-1313

The Yale Younger Poets prize has been awarded since 1919, and is the oldest literary award in the United States. Past winners of this prize include such notable poets as Mriel Rukeyser, Adrienne Rich, William Merdith, W.S. Merwin, John Ashbery, John Hollander, James Tate, and Carolyn Forche.

About Poet Fady Joudah
Joudah is a Palestinian American who won the Yale Series of Younger Poets competition in 2007 for “The Earth in the Attic,” selected by Louise Glück. In 2013, Copper Canyon Press will publish his second book, “Alright.” His translations of Mahmoud Darwish’s poetry, “The Butterfly’s Burden” and “If I Were Another,” received the Saif Ghobash–Banipal Prize for Arabic Literary Translation and the 2010 PEN Center USA award for translation, respectively. His recent translation is that of Ghassan Zaqtan’s poetry, “Like a Straw Bird It Follows Me.”

Joudah is also a practicing physician of internal medicine and has worked with Doctors Without Borders. For Joudah, “…the realm of modern language…is highly infused with the scientific.” He adds: “If it is cliché or outdated to say ‘poetry comes to one, one does not come to poetry,’ then I think neuroscience might soon prove this cliché to be true, so long as poetry is words in visible and invisible rhythms. Or I can say my father spoke a lot to me about poetry and grammar when I was a kid.”

About Poet Katherine Larson
Larson won the Yale Series of Younger Poets competition in 2011 for “Radical Symmetry,” selected by Louise Glück. Her poetry has been highlighted on PBS’s Newshour Poetry Series. Larson’s poems have also appeared in Prentice Hall’s anthology “Literature: An Introduction to Reading and Writing,” and journals including “AGNI,” “Boulevard,” the “Kenyon Review,” the “Massachusetts Review,” “Orion,” “Poetry,” “Poetry Northwest,” and others. She is also the recipient of a Kate Tufts Discovery Award, the Levis Reading Prize, a Ruth Lilly Fellowship, and The Union League Civic and Arts Foundation Poetry Prize.

Larson has worked for the last decade as a molecular biologist and field ecologist. She lives in Arizona with her husband and daughter. “Science and poetry are fueled by curiosity, and both depend on investigation and experimentation. But they also depend on imagination,” say Larson. “While living at a field station next to the Sea of Cortez…I’d write at night in the wet lab when the station was deserted, baby hammerheads and pygmy octopuses staring out from specimen jars, the sea outside sonorous and insistent.”

SAVE THE DATE – More Poetry at HPL

Heights Open Poetry Mike
Wednesday, January 16 | 6 PM – 7:30 PM
Heights Neighborhood Library, 1302 Heights Blvd, 77008, 832-393-1810
Hear readings of poetry by great poets born during the month, and then read your own original poetry. Refreshments will be provided.

Public Poetry
Saturday, February 2 | 2 PM
Henington-Alief Regional Library, 7979 South Kirkwood, Houston, TX 77072 | 832-393-1820
FEATURED POETS INCLUDE: Amanda Auchter, Jane Creighton, Kurt Heinzelman, and Joseph “JoeP” Palmore.

Public Poetry
Saturday, March 2 | 2 PM
Henington-Alief Regional Library, 7979 South Kirkwood, Houston, TX 77072 | 832-393-1820
FEATURED POETS INCLUDE: D.F. Brown, Erica Lehrer, Thad Logan, and Karyna McGlynn.

About Public Poetry
Public Poetry is an innovative monthly reading series that brings the public and poetry community together, creating a buzz about poetry. Public Poetry events feature outstanding local and visiting poets, plus a public figure or local guest celebrity and a student’s short reading, with a meet-the-poets book signing at the end of each program. The year-round reading series is a partnership between Public Poetry and Houston Public Library. Please join us for these free programs, held on the first Saturday of each month at 2 PM. For more information, please visit www.publicpoetry.net.

About the Houston Public Library
The Houston Public Library (HPL) operates 35 neighborhood libraries, three HPL Express Libraries, a Central Library, the Houston Metropolitan Research Center, the Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research, The African American Library at the Gregory School, and the Parent Resource Library located in the Children’s Museum of Houston. Serving more than 4 million customers per year, HPL is committed to excellent customer service and equitable access to information and programs by providing library customers with free use of a diverse collection of printed materials and electronic resources, Internet, laptop and computer use, and a variety of database and reference resources with live assistance online 24/7.

For further information, visit the Houston Public Library at www.houstonlibrary.org or call 832-393-1313.

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Contact:
Sandra Fernandez
Manager of Public Relations
Houston Public Library
832.393.1381; cell 713.435.9448
sandra.fernandez@houstontx.gov

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