CITY OF POETS presents Monica Hand :: Sheila Maldonado :: + special guests
City of Poets is the poetry series at Essex County College. It is a reading series and a web-series. The inaugural event for the reading series is on International Women's Day; City of Poets presents the return of Newark's native daughter Monica Hand to read with Brooklyn writer Sheila Maldonado.
Monica A Hand is an award winning poet and book artist. Author of “me and Nina,” (Alice James Books, 2012), her poems have also appeared in numerous publications including Aunt Chloe, Black Renaissance Noire, Naugatuck River Review, The Sow’s Ear, Drunken Boat, Beyond the Frontier, African-American Poetry for the 21st Century, Gathering Ground: A Reader Celebrating Cave Canem’s First Decade and American Creative Writers on Class. She has a MFA in Poetry and Poetry in Translation from Drew University and is a founding member of Poets for Ayiti.
Sheila Maldonado is the author of one-bedroom solo (Fly by Night Press, 2011), her debut poetry collection. She grew up in Coney Island, New York, across the street from the Atlantic Ocean. Her family hails from Honduras. She teaches creative writing for The City University of New York and Teachers & Writers Collaborative. She holds degrees in English from Brown University and poetry from The City College of New York. Her poems have appeared in Rattapallax, Callaloo and Me No Habla with Acento: Contemporary Latino Poetry. She lives in a one-bedroom in uptown Manhattan.
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