Jeffrey Levine & Susan Sonde Poetry Reading

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Acclaimed poets Jeffrey Levine and Susan Sonde come to The Writer’s Center for an afternoon of new poetry, with an opening reading by Brandon Johnson. FREE and open to the pubic!


Jeffrey Levine is the author of three books of poetry: The Kinnegad Home for the Bewildered, forthcoming from Salmon Press (March, 2019), Rumor of Cortez, nominated for a 2006 Los Angeles Times Literary Award in Poetry, and Mortal, Everlasting, which won the 2002 Transcontinental Poetry Prize. His many poetry prizes include the Larry Levis Prize from the Missouri Review, the James Hearst Poetry Prize, the Mississippi Review Poetry Prize, the Ekphrasis Poetry Prize, and the 2007 American Literary Review poetry prize. A graduate of the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers, Levine is Founder, Artistic Director, and Publisher of Tupelo Press, an award-winning independent literary press, now entering its 20th year, located in the Norad Mill, North Adams, MA. Formerly on the founding faculty of the Colrain Manuscript Conferences, he now runs the Tupelo Press Poetry Conferences with offerings annually at Truchas, New Mexico, in Portland, OR, in Maine, and in New York City.

Susan Sonde’s poems have appeared in The North American Review, Barrow Street, Cimarron Review, eEpoch, Narrative Magazine (poem of the week), The New Mexico Humanities Review, and many others. Her collection, In the Longboats with Others, won The Capricorn Book Award and was published by New Rivers Press. Her chapbook, Drumming on Water, was published by Finishing Line Press (2014), and her most recent book is The Arsonist, forthcoming from Main Street Rag. Susan is one of the founder of The Writer’s Center.

Brandon Johnson is a recent graduate from the University of Maryland College Park with his Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction and Bachelor’s in French Culture and Language. Brandon is a middle school French teacher and an aspiring writer with a keen interest in poetry. He was a poetry editor for Stylus, the literary journal at the University of Maryland College Park, and has taught creative writing to children both in the United States and abroad in Mauritius. He is a Front Desk Associate at The Writer’s Center.