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Wendy Chen, Yuxi Lin, Jonathan Aprea, Vanessa Moody, Nadra Mabrouk & Madeleine Mori

Wendy Chen ( is the author of Unearthings (Tavern Books) and editor of Figure 1 (, an online poetry journal featuring work from new and underrepresented voices. Her work has appeared in CrazyhorseRattleA Public Space, and elsewhere. Chen is the recipient of the Academy of American Poets Most Promising Young Poet Prize, and fellowships from the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center and the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund. She earned her MFA in poetry from Syracuse University. Her forthcoming translations of the poems of the Song dynasty writer Li Qingzhao will be published in 2019 under the title The Magpie at Night (Tavern Books).  

Jonathan Aprea lives in New York City. His work has appeared in Prelude, the Atlas Review, Metatron and elsewhere. His chapbook Dyson Poems was published by Monster House Press in 2018.

Nadra Mabrouk was born in Cairo, Egypt. She is the author of the chapbook, “How Things Tasted When We Were Young,” published by Finishing Line Press in 2016.  Her work has appeared/ is forthcoming in POETRY, RHINO, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, among others. Her work is also forthcoming in The BreakBeat Poets Vol. 3: Halal If You Hear Me (Haymarket Books, 2019). She has been recognized as a finalist for the 2017 Brett Elizabeth Jenkins Poetry Prize. Currently, she is an intern for The Academy of American Poets, and is an MFA candidate in poetry at New York University, where she is a Goldwater fellow.

Vanessa Moody is a Brazilian-American writer living in New York. You can find her poems in Best New Poets 2017The Iowa ReviewBreakwater Review, and Willow Springs. Also a librettist, Vanessa has written opera and new music works that have premiered at the Kennedy Center, the Baltimore War Memorial, and New Music New Haven, as well as a piece premiering with the Albany Symphony this June. Vanessa works in children's publishing and is a proud Hufflepuff.

Yuxi Lin is a Chinese American poet, AAWW Margins Fellow, and winner of the Breakout 8 Writers Prize. Her writing has appeared in The Washington Post, The Southern Review, Epiphany, The Electric Literature, Cosmonauts Avenue, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, and elsewhere. She graduated magna cum laude from Davidson College and received her MFA from New York University, where she was a Lillian Vernon Fellow. She lives and teaches in New York.

Madeleine Mori is a Japanese-American poet originally from San Francisco. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in BOAATCosmonauts AvenueSalt Hill, and Sixth Finch, among others. She received an MFA from New York University, where she served as a Poetry Editor of Washington Square Review. She is the Poetry Editor at Pigeon Pages and lives in Brooklyn.

Earlier Event: March 19
Later Event: March 26