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West Branch Reading & Party

March 27, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

View Venue Website, 1400 Southeast Morrison Street, Portland, OR 97214 + Google Map

Please join us for a celebration of West Branch’s contributors. This event will feature readings of original poetry by Sarah Rose Nordgren (Darwin’s Mother, Best Bones), Felicia Zamora (Instrument of Gaps, Of Form & Gather), and John Sibley Williams (As One Fire Consumes Another, Disinheritance). We look forward to seeing you there!

Group poetry reading/party from three award-winning poets sponsored by the literary journal West Branch on Thursday, March 28, 2019. This is in conjunction with the Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP) Conference that will be taking over the Oregon Convention Center that week. The three poets include:

The three of us recently shared a roundtable interview and the pages of West Branch, which is sponsoring our shared reading, and our varied styles and voices work well together.

[see also Crush’s website]

Come celebrate the art of prose poetry with Sarah Rose Nordgren, Felicia Zamora, and John Sibley Williams. This AWP off-site event is sponsored by the literary journal West Branch.

Plus readings by Emily Skaja and Sonia Greenfield!

Sarah Rose Nordgren is the author of the poetry collections Darwin’s Mother and Best Bones, both from University of Pittsburgh Press. Her poems and essays appear widely in journals such as Agni, Ploughshares, The Kenyon Review Online, Copper Nickel, and American Poetry Review. She currently lives in Ohio where she is a doctoral candidate in poetry at University of Cincinnati. Find her work at

Felicia Zamora’s poetry books include Body of Render, 2018 Benjamin Saltman Award winner from Red Hen Press (2020), & in Open, Marvel, Instrument of Gaps, and Of Form & Gather, 2016 Andrés Montoya Poetry Prize winner. She won the 2015 Tomaž Šalamun Prize, teaches creative writing online for Colorado State University, authored two chapbooks, is Associate Poetry Editor for Colorado Review, and is Education Programs Manager for the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing.

John Sibley Williams is the author of As One Fire Consumes Another (Orison Poetry Prize, 2019), Skin Memory (Backwaters Prize, University of Nebraska Press, 2019), Disinheritance, and Controlled Hallucinations. His poems appear widely in journals such as The Yale Review, Midwest Quarterly, Southern Review, Sycamore Review, and Prairie Schooner. He lives in Portland, Oregon and acts as editor of The Inflectionist Review.

Sonia Greenfield’s chapbook, American Parable, won the 2017 Autumn House Press/Coal Hill Review prize. Her first full-length collection, Boy with a Halo at the Farmer’s Market, won the 2014 Codhill Poetry Prize. Her work has appeared in a variety of places, including in the 2018 and 2010 Best American Poetry, Antioch Review, Los Angeles Review, Massachusetts Review, and Willow Springs. Her collection of prose poems, Letdown, is forthcoming in 2020 with White Pine Press as part of the Marie Alexander Series.

Emily Skaja was born and raised in northern Illinois. She received an MFA in creative writing from Purdue University. Her debut poetry collection, Brute, was selected by Joy Harjo as the winner of the 2018 Walt Whitman Award, given by the Academy of American Poets, and will be published by Graywolf Press in 2019.


Crush Bar
1400 Southeast Morrison Street

Portland, OR 97214
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West Branch
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