Margaret Rhee, George Abraham, Brandon Melendez Poetry Reading

March 9, 2019 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
MIT Press Bookstore
301 Massachusetts Avenue
MA 02138

Join the MIT Press Bookstore in welcoming poets Margaret Rhee, George Abraham, and Brandon Melendez.

Margaret Rhee is the author of Love, Robot (The Operating System, 2017) named an 2017 Best Book of Poetry by Entropy Magazine, and awarded an Elgin Award by the Science Fiction Poetry Association. Her poetry chapbooks include Yellow (Tinfish Press, 2011) and Radio Heart; or, How Robots Fall Out of Love (Finishing Line Press, 2015). As a new media artist, her projects include The Kimchi Poetry Machine, selected for the Electronic Literature Collection Volume 3. Currently, she is completing a collection of lyrical essays A Letter to a Future Reader on the politics and aesthetics of electronic literature. Literary fellowships include the 2019 Sierra Nevada College MFA Writer-in-Residence, Kundiman, Hedgebrook, and the Kathy Acker Fellowship. She received her PhD from UC Berkeley in ethnic and new media studies. Currently, she is a College Fellow in Digital Practice in the English Department at Harvard University, and an Assistant Professor at SUNY Buffalo in the Department of Media Study (Fall 2019).

George Abraham is a Palestinian-American poet and Bioengineering PhD candidate at Harvard University. They are the author of Birthright (Button Poetry, 2020), and two chapbooks: the specimen’s apology (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2019) and al youm (TAR, 2017). He is a Kundiman, Watering Hole, and Poetry Incubator fellow, winner of the 2018 Cosmonauts Avenue Poetry Prize, and recipient of the Best Poet title from the College Union Poetry Slam International. Their work has appeared or is forthcoming with The Paris Review, Tin House, The American Poetry Review, LitHub, Boston Review, The Rumpus, and in anthologies such as Bettering American Poetry and Nepantla.

Brandon Melendez is a Mexican-American poet from California. He is the author of Gold That Frames The Mirror (Write Bloody Publishing, 2019). He is a National Poetry Slam finalist and two-time Berkeley Grand Slam Champion, and was awarded Best Poem and Funniest Poemat the national collegiate poetry slam festival (CUPSI). A recipient of the the 2018 Djanikian Scholarship from the Adroit Journal, and the 2018 Academy of American Poets Award, his poems are in or forthcoming in Black Warrior Review, Muzzle Magazine, Ninth Letter, The Journal, PANK, Shenandoah, and elsewhere. He received his undergraduate degree at UC Berkeley and is currently an MFA candidate at Emerson College.

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