Marilyn Hacker In Phoenix

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Poet Marilyn Hacker reads from her work at the Phoenix Art Museum, to be followed by a brief Q&A. The evening will be opened by local poet Deborah Berman-Montaño.

Of Hacker’s recently published new and selected A Stranger’s Mirror, a review in Publishers Weekly notes “Though Hacker’s meditations on desire, age, illness, and other aspects of her life can be very intimate, the lens is always outward, the self suffused with a sense of connection to friends, strangers, cities, and histories both inherited and in the making. Whatever the origins of particular poems, one constant in the collection is Hacker’s signature conflation of public and private spheres in the service of heightened awareness and empathy."

David Orr recognized the book in the New York Times as one of the best poetry books published in 2015, calling Hacker, “a swashbuckling wielder of poetry’s most challenging forms.”

Deborah Berman-Montaño has featured her work in the Phoenix poetry and art scene since the late 1990s. In 2012, she founded Balboa Poet House, a salon-style poetry reading and independent press with her husband, and together they partner in a poetry workshop with students from her alma mater, Arizona State University, where she earned a B.A. in English Literature. In 2014 & 2015, she co-produced RISE!, a large annual poetry event featuring Phoenix-area poets, storytellers, musicians and artists with a focus on spotlighting highly talented individuals from disparate and under-represented backgrounds and cultures, and is currently working on the third.

Support for this reading is provided by the Phoenix Museum of Art and the ASU Creative Writing Program. The Local Opener program is a collaboration with ASU-Performance in the Borderlands, which supports the work of local and state organizations through partnerships and new programs. The Local Opener program amplifies the voices of Phoenix's rich and diverse poetry community, and encourages new leadership and poetic exchange for students and community members in metropolitan Phoenix.
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By: University of Arizona Poetry Center

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