Book-Launch Reading: David Berman, Will Cordeiro, J.C. Todd: 24 October 2021

Book Launch - Three Able Muse Press Poets Read from Their New Collections - Free Admission for All

Book-Launch Reading with Three Able Muse Authors

Will Cordeiro, David Berman, J.C. Todd
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Book Launch - Three Able Muse Press Poets Read from Their New Collections - Free Admission for All

Able Muse Authors Book-Launch Reading

Date: Sunday, October 24, 3-4 P.M. EDT

Host: Emily Leithauser;

Join us for a virtual reading and Q&A with three Able Muse Press authors David Berman, Will Cordeiro, and J.C. Todd reading from their new collections--

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About the Readers:

- David Berman: Progressions of the Mind: Poems (Able Muse Press, 2021)----published posthumously--Mini Host: Paulette Demers Turco, with Bruce Bennett and Rhina P. Espaillat;
- Will Cordeiro: Winner, Able Muse Book Award 2019 with Trap Street: Poems (Able Muse Press, 2021);
- J.C. Todd: Runner-Up, Able Muse Book Award 2019 with Beyond Repair: Poems (Able Muse Press, 2021).

David Berman (1934–2017) was born on September 11, 1934, in New York City and raised in Hollywood, Florida. He was licensed as an attorney in 1963. From 1967 until his death, he had a private practice in the Boston area with an emphasis on business litigation. While at Harvard, he was frequently published in the Harvard Advocate. Over the years, Berman published poems in literary journals such as the Formalist, Piedmont Literary Review, Sparrow, Orbis, Iambs and Trochees, and Pivot. He also published three chapbooks: Future Imperfect (State Street Press, 1982), Slippage (Robert L. Barth, 1996), and David Berman: Greatest Hits 1965–2002 (Pudding House, 2002).
  A student of Robert Lowell and Archibald MacLeish, Berman was a longtime member of the Powow River Poets of Newbury, Massachusetts. In addition, he was a member of the Harvard Club, a trustee of the Cantata Singers, and Vice Échanson and Vice Conseiller Gastronomique Honoraire of the Boston chapter of La Confrérie de la Chaîne des Rôtisseurs. He passed away on June 22, 2017, after battling cancer for several months.

Will Cordeiro has work published in Agni, Best New Poets, the Cincinnati Review, Copper Nickel, the Offing, DIAGRAM, Poetry Northwest, Threepenny Review, THRUSH Poetry Journal, and elsewhere. Will coedits the small press Eggtooth Editions and is grateful for a grant from the Arizona Commission on the Arts, a scholarship from Sewanee Writers’ Conference, and a Truman Capote Writer’s Fellowship, as well as residencies from ART 342, Blue Mountain Center, Ora Lerman Trust, Petrified Forest National Park, and Risley Residential College. Will received an MFA and PhD from Cornell University. Will is also coauthor of Experimental Writing: A Writer’s Guide and Anthology, forthcoming from Bloomsbury. Currently, Will lives in Flagstaff and teaches in the Honors College at Northern Arizona University.

J.C. Todd is the author of four previous collections of poetry, most recently The Damages of Morning, a 2019 Eric Hoffer Award finalist. Winner of the Rita Dove Prize in Poetry and twice a finalist for Poetry Society of America awards, she has received fellowships from the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and artist residency programs including the Bemis Center. Her poems have appeared widely in journals such as the American Poetry Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, Mezzo Cammin, the Paris Review, and the Virginia Quarterly Review. She lives in Philadelphia.

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About the Host:

Emily Leithauser: Winner, Able Muse Book Award 2015 with The Borrowed World: Poems (Able Muse Press, 2016).

Emily Leithauser’s first collection of poems, The Borrowed World, was published in 2016 and is the winner of the 2015 Able Muse Book Prize. She is the recipient of the Grand Prize in Poetry, judged by Vijay Seshadri, for the 2015 Tennessee Williams / New Orleans Literary Festival. Her poems and translations have appeared or forthcoming in Paris Review, New Ohio Review, Literary Imagination, Literary Matters, Blackbird, Crab Orchard Review, and the Common, among other journals. Her scholarship has been published in the Hopkins Review and the Global South. In addition to poetry and poetics, her interests include British and Irish literature, French and Francophone poetry, memory and elegy, and theories of metaphor.
  Leithauser studied French History and Literature at Harvard University and earned a certificate in Publishing at the Columbia School of Journalism. Before completing her MFA in poetry at Boston University, she worked as an editorial assistant at Palgrave Macmillan in New York. In Boston, she served as the editorial assistant to the poetry editor of The Atlantic. She earned her PhD in English at Emory University, where she also taught as a Visiting Assistant Professor in English and Creative Writing. She is an Assistant Professor of English at Centenary College of Louisiana. She lives with her husband, daughter, and two dogs in Shreveport, Louisiana.

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