Poetry Reading: Olga Karman and ryki zuckerman
ryki zuckerman is the author of the full-length poetry collection, Looking for Bora Bora (Saddle Road Press, 2013), and six chapbooks: the skirt at the center of the universe (The Writers Den, 2018), Three Poems (University of Buffalo Poetry Collection, 2017), the nothing that is, (Benevolent Bird Press, 2015), a bright nowhere (Foothills, 2015), body of the work (Textile Bridge Press), and suite of six (Destitute Press, 2014). The Gone Artists, her seventh chapbook, is slated to be released in 2019 from Nixes Mate Press.
Her poems have appeared in Paterson Literary Review, Black Mountain College II Review, Slipstream, Steel Bellow, Swift Kick, Escarpments, Lips, Paunch, Home Planet News, Pure Light, Buffalo News, Artvoice, and online (Nixes Mate Review, Dispatches from the Poetry Wars, poetrysuperhighway, and Moondance). Her work is anthologized (A Celebration of Western New York Poets, Mo' Joe, Water/Poets Speak Series, Clouburst Council Anthology, and two forthcoming, Flash of Dark Vol II and Nixes Mate Annual) and published as two Broadsides (one from Serendipity Arts, another from Tea Leaves Collection). She is a co-editor of Earth's Daughters magazine. A former fine arts professor, she curates the "Literary Café at CFI (Center for Inquiry)" series.
I was born in Havana and left home in 1960, two years after the triumph of the Revolution. I was twenty years old then and had not finished college although two years living under the Castro regime had been "my Harvard and my Yale," to quote Herman Melville.
Years later, in 1966, I graduated from Connecticut College and in 1976 from Harvard University, where I received a Ph.D. in Latin American literature, paid for in blood, sweat, and tears.
After moving to Buffalo in 1976, I taught Spanish at Nichols School before joining the D'Youville College faculty, where i taught for almost 3 decades beginning in spring of 1980.
My published work includes Scatter My Ashes over Havana (a memoir), two poetry chapbook Adiós and Border Crossing, and many many many poems, etc. in journals, et al. In a memorable (in many ways) partnership, two Puerto Rican poets, a muralist from Clarence, and I wrote poetry for, fired tiles for, and put up a 25 foot long mural at the NFTA Allen Street/Hospital station, now gone. We four artists are currently at work aiming to put up if not a new mural at least a semblance of the one we made. This time, we hope to be at Oishei's Children's Hospital. Stay alert!
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