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On March 11, Harvard Book Store’s virtual author series and Boston Review welcomed celebrated writers Sonia Sanchez (Robert Frost Medal), Tyehimba Jess (Pulitzer Prize), and Domenica Ruta (New York Times bestselling author of With or Without You), for a night of readings to celebrate the release of our new literary anthology, Ancestors. Moderated by arts editor Adam McGee and contributing arts editors Ed Pavlić and Ivelisse Rodriguez, the evening also featured Boston Review 2020 contest winners Cheswayo Mphanza and Yeoh Jo-Ann.
We are also pleased to announce that our 2021 contests are now open! Free for anyone outside the U.S., Canada, and Western Europe—as well as those experiencing financial hardship—the contests are on the theme of Repair, and will be judged by Kali Fajardo-Anstine (fiction) and Sonia Sanchez (poetry).
Further reading from Ancestors:
Adam McGee is the arts editor and managing editor of Boston Review, and before that was acting managing editor of Transition. He has a PhD in Black Studies from Harvard. His poetry has recently appeared in Raleigh Review, Painted Bride, Memorious, Cimarron Review, and Assaracus.
Cheswayo Mphanza’s work has been featured in the New England Review, Paris Review, the Hampden-Sydney Review, Lolwe, Hayden’s Ferry Review, and Birdfeast. A finalist for the Brunel International African Poetry Prize and a recipient of the 2017 Hurston/Wright Award for College Writers, his debut collection, The Rinehart Frames, won the Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets.
Domenica Ruta is the author of the memoir With or Without You and the novel Last Day. Her short fiction, essays, and reviews have appeared or are forthcoming in Epoch, the Indiana Review, 9th Letter, New York Magazine, the New York Times, and the American Scholar. She advocates for solo moms at ESME.com. Follow her on Twitter @DomenicaMary.
Ed Pavlić is author of eleven published or forthcoming books. His most recent work includes Live at the Bitter End (Saturnalia Books 2018), Who Can Afford to Improvise?: James Baldwin and Black Music, the Lyric and the Listener (Fordham UP 2016), Let’s Let That Are Not Yet: Inferno (Fence Books 2015) and Visiting Hours at the Color Line (Milkweed Editions 2013). He is Distinguished Research Professor in the English Department and in the Institute for African American Studies at the University of Georgia.
Ivelisse Rodriguez is a contributing arts editor at Boston Review. She is the author of Love War Stories, and a finalist for the 2019 PEN/Faulkner Award and the 2018 Foreword Reviews Indies Award.
Sonia Sanchez—poet, activist, scholar—was the Laura Carnell Professor of English and Women's Studies at Temple University. She is the recipient of both the Robert Frost Medal for distinguished lifetime service to American poetry and the Langston Hughes Poetry Award. One of the most important writers of the Black Arts Movement, Sanchez is the author of sixteen books. Her latest book is a Collected Poems.
Yeoh Jo-Ann’s first novel, Impractical Uses of Cake, won the Epigram Books Fiction Prize, one of Singapore’s top fiction prizes, and her short stories have been included in anthologies such as Best Singaporean Short Stories: Volume Three. She is currently working on her second novel and a collection of short stories exploring the themes of modernity, food, and family in Southeast Asia.
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