The Poetry Salon

 the poetry salon

is often honored by guest presences. These wonderful visiting poets hold Q & A sessions with students, engage in collaborative poetry making, and sit in conversation with members of our faculty.

Spring 2019 Schedule

Thursday, February 28
5:00 PM | Greywood Lounge

Safiya Sinclair: Safiya Sinclair is the author of Cannibal (University of Nebraska Press, 2016), winner of a Whiting Writers’ Award, the American Academy of Arts and Letters Addison M. Metcalf Award, the OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Poetry, the Phillis Wheatley Book Award, and the Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Poetry. It was selected as one of the American Library Association’s “Notable Books of the Year," and was a finalist for the PEN Center USA Literary Award, as well as being longlisted for the PEN Open Book Award and the Dylan Thomas Prize.

Sinclair’s other honors include a Pushcart Prize, a Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation, fellowships from Yaddo, the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. Her poems have appeared in Poetry, Kenyon Review, Granta, The Nation, New England Review, Boston Review, Oxford American, the 2018 Forward Book of Poetry, and elsewhere.  

She received her MFA in poetry at the University of Virginia, and is currently a PhD candidate in literature and creative writing at the University of Southern California.

Thursday, March 7
5:00 PM | Greywood Lounge

Gabrielle Calvocoressi: Gabrielle Calvocoressi is the author of The Last Time I Saw Amelia Earhart, Apocalyptic Swing(a finalist for the LA Times Book Prize) and Rocket Fantastic, which will be released by Persea Books in September 2017. She is the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships including a Stegner Fellowship and Jones Lectureship from Stanford University, a Rona Jaffe Woman Writer's Award, a Lannan Foundation residency in Marfa, TX, the Bernard F. Conners Prize from The Paris Review, and a residency from the Civitella di Ranieri Foundation, among others. Her poems have been published in numerous magazines and journals including the New York Times, POETRY, Boston Review, and Kenyon Review. She is an Editor at Large at Los Angeles Review of Books, and co-curates the digital maker's space Voluble. She is working on a memoir entitled The Year I Didn't Kill Myself, and a novel, The Alderman of the Graveyard. She lives in North Carolina and teaches at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Thursday, March 14
5:00 PM | Greywood Lounge

Jess Arndt: Jess Arndt received an MFA at Bard College and was a 2013 Graywolf SLS Fellow and 2010 Fiction Fellow at the New York Foundation of the Arts. Arndt’s writing has recently appeared in THEM journal, The LA Review of Books, Lithub, Hazzlitt, Fence, BOMB, and Night Papers, among others. Their debut story collection,Large Animals, came out on Catapult Press in May, 2017. Arndt is a co-founder of New Herring Press and she/they currently teach at CalArts, in Los Angeles.

Thursday, April 4
5:00 PM | Greywood Lounge

Aisha Sabatini Sloan: Aisha was born and raised in Los Angeles. Her writing about race and current events is often coupled with analysis of art, film, and pop culture. Her essay collection, The Fluency of Light: Coming of Age in a Theater of Black and White was published by the University of Iowa Press in 2013. Her most recent essay collection, Dreaming of Ramadi in Detroit, was chosen by Maggie Nelson as the winner of the 1913 Open Prose Contest and published in 2017; it is also the winner of the CLMP Firecracker award for nonfiction. A contributing editor for Guernica: A Magazine of Art & Politics, her writing can be found in publications like Autostraddle, Guernica, Callaloo and The Paris Review. She recently joined the faculty of the Helen Zell Writers’ Program at the University of Michigan as a Visiting Professor of Creative Nonfiction.

Fall 2018 Schedule

Welcome! All Poetry Salon events are free and open to Reed students, staff, and community members and are hosted in Greywood lounge. Check out this site for updates on our meetings and more!

xoxo, Samiya, Sofía, and Stu. 

Thursday, August 30
5:00 PM | Greywood Lounge


Hello! We are so excited to begin a new year with Poetry Salon starting with a meet and greet and snack eat in the first week of classes. Stop by Greywood Thursday, August 30th at 5:00pm for poetry, conversation and snacks :)  

Thursday, September 27
5:00 PM | Greywood Lounge

Daniel Borzutzky: Winner of the 2016 National Book Award for Poetry for his collection The Performance of Becoming Human, Daniel Borzutzky is a Chilean-American writer and translator living in Chicago. His other poetry books are In the Murmurs of the Rotten Carcass Economy, The Book of Interfering Bodies, The Ecstasy of Capitulation, and the chapbook Failure in the Imagination. Lake Michigan is forthcoming from University of Pittsburgh Press in 2018. He has published one collection of fiction, Arbitrary Tales. His books of translation include Song for his Disappeared Love by Raul Zurita and Port Trakl by Jaime Luis Huenun. He lives in Chicago and teaches at Wright College of the City Colleges of Chicago.

Thursday, October 11
5:00 PM | Greywood Lounge

Madeline ffitch: Madeline ffitch writes and organizes in Appalachian Ohio. She was a founding member of the punk theater company, The Missoula Oblongata, and is the author of the story collection, Valparaiso, Round the Horn. Her writing is featured or forthcoming at Tin House, Guernica, Electric Literature, Granta, Vice, and Big Big Wednesday. Her first novel, Stay and Fight, will be out from Farrar, Straus and Giroux in Spring 2019.

Thursday, November 8
5:00 PM | Greywood Lounge

Renee Gladman: Renee Gladman is a writer and artist preoccupied with lines, crossings, thresholds, and geographies as they emerge in the terrain between drawing and writing. She is the author of eleven published works, including a cycle of novels about the city-state Ravicka and its inhabitants, the Ravickians, as well as Prose Architectures, her first monograph of drawings (Wave Books, 2017). One Long Black Sentence, a series of white-ink architectures on black paper, and indexed by the poet Fred Moten, is forthcoming this fall. She lives and makes work in New England with poet-ceremonialist Danielle Vogel.

Thursday, November 15
5:00 PM | Greywood Lounge

Esther Belin: Esther G. Belin is an award-winning Diné poet and multimedia artist. She is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, the Institute of American Indian Arts, and Antioch University. Her writing has appeared in outlets including Wicazo Sa Review, BOMB, Democracy Now!, and Studies in American Indian Literatures. She considers the following locations her homeland: LA, Durango, Diné bike'yah. Her writing and art grows from and is an offering to the collective humanity, bila' ashdla'ii.