Tiny Talks series: RUINS with Karla Kelsey, Miller Oberman, Rosebud Ben-Oni & Ana Božičević

TINY TALKS will be a monthly series of short talks on poetry at Berl’s Brooklyn Poetry Shop this fall. November's theme will be "RUINS".

Poets, scholars, and others are invited to submit proposals for ten-minute talks on poetry related to the monthly theme. We encourage varied approaches—talks might address specific poems or poets, aesthetic or philosophical questions, poetic communities or occasions—and will select a combination of talks that makes each event as diverse as possible. Talk-givers will also participate in a Q&A and assign a writing prompt to the audience.

Rosebud Ben-Oni, "Hello from the Other Side: On Poetry & (Dis)Place(Ment)"

Born to a Mexican mother and Jewish father, Rosebud Ben-Oni is a recipient of the 2014 NYFA Fellowship in Poetry and a CantoMundo Fellow. She was a Rackham Merit Fellow at the University of Michigan, and a Horace Goldsmith Scholar at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She is the author of SOLECISM (Virtual Artists Collective, 2013), a contributor to The Conversant, and an Editorial Advisor for VIDA: Women in Literary Arts. Her poems appear or are forthcoming in POETRY, The American Poetry Review, TriQuarterly, Prairie Schooner, Arts & Letters, Hunger Mountain, among others. She writes weekly for The Kenyon Review blog. Find her at7TrainLove.org


Ana Božičević, "Empathy Among the Ruins"

Ana Božičević, born in Croatia in 1977, is a poet, translator, teacher, and occasional singer. She is the author of Stars of the Night Commute (2009), the Lambda Award-winning Rise in the Fall (2013) and Joy of Missing Out, forthcoming with Birds, LLC. She is the recipient of the 40 Under 40: The Future of Feminism award from the Feminist Press, and the PEN American Center/NYSCA grant for translating It Was Easy to Set the Snow on Fire by Zvonko Karanović, forthcoming from Phoneme Media. At the PhD Program in English at The Graduate Center of the City University of New York she studied New American poetics and alternative art schools and communities, and edited lectures by Diane di Prima for Lost & Found: The CUNY Poetics Document Initiative. She works and teaches poetry at BHQFU, New York’s freest art school.

Karla Kelsey, "Ruins, the self in place"

Karla Kelsey is author of three books of poetry, most recently A Conjoined Book (Omnidawn, 2014). Of Sphere, her book of experimental essays will be out from Essay Press in 2017. She edits and reviews for The Constant Critic and with Aaron McCollough co-publishes SplitLevel Texts.

Miller Oberman, "Translating the Ruined City"

Miller Oberman’s first book, The Unstill Ones, a collection of poems and Old English translations, is forthcoming in 2017 from the Princeton Series of Contemporary Poets. A former Ruth Lilly Fellow and 92Y Discovery Prize winner, he has published poems and translations in Poetry, London Review of Books, The Nation, Boston Review, Tin House, and Harvard Review. Miller is a teaching fellow at the University of Connecticut, and lives in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn, with his wife, rock singer Louisa Solomon of The Shondes.