Join us to celebrate the completion of Stacy Szymaszek‘s verse journal trilogy, begun in 2015 with hart island (Nightboat), continuing through Journal of Ugly Sites and Other Journals (Fence, 2016), and now concluding with her latest A Year From Today (Nightboat, 2018). Through these texts, Szymaszek explores the internal and external, the spaces between, feeling and memory, working, writing, and making a life. Stacy will be joined by Brenda Coultas, Renee Gladman, and Bernadette Mayer, who will each read from their own work.
Stacy Szymaszek is a poet, and arts administrator/organizer, and teacher. She was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin where in 1999 she started working for Woodland Pattern Book Center. She founded and edited seven issues of GAM, a free magazine featuring the work of poets living in the upper midwest. In 2005, she moved to NYC to work for The Poetry Project at St. Mark’s Church, where she served as Executive Director from 2007-2018. Szymaszek is the author of the books Emptied of All Ships (2005), Hyperglossia (2009), hart island (2015), Journal of Ugly Sites and Other Journals (2016), which won the Ottoline Prize from Fence Books and was nominated for a Lambda Literary Award in 2017, and A Year From Today (2018 ). She is the recipient of a 2014 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Poetry and a 2019 Foundation for Contemporary Arts award in poetry. She is a regular teacher for Naropa University’s Summer Writing Program, and mentor for Queer Art Mentorship.
Szymaszek is the 2018-19 Hugo Visiting Writer at the University of Montana and was a Poet-in-Resident at Brown University in fall 2018.