Poetry Center Book Award Reading: Lauren Levin and Melissa Mack

Thursday, February 21, 2019, 7:00 pm
Photos of Lauren Levin and Melissa Mack
The Poetry Center Book Award winner Lauren Levin, author of The Braid, reads from her work with award judge Melissa Mack. "The Braid is rigorous and uncomfortable and beautiful," Mack writes in her judge's citation for the award. Free.
Humanities Building, The Poetry Center (Room 512)
The Poetry Center
The Poetry Center
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Lauren Levin

Lauren Levin is a poet, mixed-genre writer and art critic, author of The Braid (Krupskaya, 2016) and Justice Piece // Transmission (Timeless, Infinite Light, 2018). Their gender identity is some mix of belated queer, Jewish great-aunt and aspirational Frank O’Hara. They are still figuring it out. They live in Richmond, are from New Orleans, and are committed to queer art, intersectional feminism, being a parent and anxiety.

Melissa Mack

Oakland-based poet Melissa Mack’s work has appeared in journals (Elderly, The Capilano Review, Try!, With+Stand), anthologies (Catechism: Poems for Pussy Riot, What We Want: A List of Our F--king Demands), the chapbook Includes All Strangers (Hooke Press, 2013), Poet’s Theater (Debt: A Play, with Lara Durback, Lauren Levin and Anne Lesley Selcer), at the Alette in Oakland Conference and at many public readings.

Her life is structured by a day job, multiple study groups, showing up at protests, reading tarot and going on walks with her friends. She aspires to live in a world where everyone has their needs met and human creativity can flower in whatever directions it wishes without being manipulated or devoured by capitalism.