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In Town Tonight: Elaine Kahn, Meryl Pugh and Ariana Reines

Friday 18 May 2018, 7:00 pm9:30 pm

£5 – £7

The Poetry Society presents an opportunity to hear visiting LA-poet Elaine Kahn at the Poetry Café.  Elaine is a writer, musician and artist, author of Women in Public (City Lights, 2015) as well as several poetry chapbooks. She is an instructor of creative writing at Poetry Field School.

Elaine will read alongside Ariana Reines, American poet, playwright, translator and astrologer, described as “one of the crucial voices of her generation” by Michael Silverblatt on NPR’s Bookworm, and East London-based Meryl Pugh, whose new collection Natural Phenomena, just published by Penned in the Margins, is a Poetry Book Society Spring Selection.

Elaine Kahn is a writer, musician and artist currently based in Los Angeles. She is the author of Women in Public (City Lights, 2015) as well as several chapbooks including I Told You I Was Sick: A Romance (After Hours Ltd, 2017), A Voluptuous Dream During An Eclipse (Poor Claudia, 2012) and Customer (Ecstatic Peace Library, 2010). Writing has been published in Art PapersOpen SpaceBrooklyn RailWest Branch, The Poetry Foundation, Jubilat, San Francisco Arts Quarterly and elsewhere. She holds an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and a BFA from California College of the Arts. She is an instructor of creative writing at Poetry Field School.  Here’s an Elaine poem or two to enjoy.

Ariana Reines is American poet, playwright, translator and astrologer, described as “one of the crucial voices of her generation” by Michael Silverblatt on NPR’s Bookworm.  She is the author of the poetry books The Cow (2006), which won the Alberta Prize from Fence Books; Coeur de Lion (2007); Mercury (2011); and Thursday (2012). She has taught at UC Berkeley, Columbia University, and Tufts University. She lives in Queens, New York.

Meryl Pugh has a PhD in Critical and Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia and writes about interiority, environment and poetics. The author of two pamphlets — The Bridle (Salt Publishing, 2011) and Relinquish (Arrowhead, 2007) — she lives in East London and teaches creative writing and poetry for Morley College. Her new collection Natural Phenomena has just been published by Penned in the Margins.

Doors open at 7pm for drinking and chatting, and the readings will begin at 7.30pm. All ages welcome.