Suzanne Roberts, Sholeh Wolpe, and Christina Rivera Cogswell


May 23 2022


5 PT / 6 MT / 7 CT / 8 ET
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm Online Reading: Suzanne Roberts, Sholeh Wolpé + Christina Rivera Cogswell

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Join us online for’s May 2022 reading!

This online reading and Q+A is Monday, May 23, at 5 p.m. PT / 6 MT / 7 CE / 8 ET. Hosted by editor-in-chief Simmons Buntin, this reading features award-winning writers Suzanne Roberts, Sholeh Wolpé, and Christina Rivera Cogswell.

This reading is sponsored by, with Zoom hosting provided by the University of Arizona.

Suzanne Roberts is a travel writer, memoirist, and poet. Her books include the 2012 National Outdoor Book Award-winning Almost Somewhere: Twenty-Eight Days on the John Muir Trail (Bison Books, 2012), the award-winning memoir in travel essays Bad Tourist: Misadventures in Love and Travel (University of Nebraska Press, 2020), a collection of lyrical essays, Animal Bodies: On Death, Desire, and Other Difficulties (University of Nebraska Press, 2022), and four collections of poetry. Her work has been listed as “Notable” in Best American Essays and published in The New York Times, Creative NonfictionBrevityThe Rumpus, CNN, Longreads, ZYZZYVA, ISLE, 1966, River Teeth,  Terrain, National Geographic Traveler, The Normal School, and Litro, as well as anthologized in The Kiss: Intimacies from Writers, The Pacific Crest Trailside ReaderTahoe BluesSouthern Sin: True Stories of the Sultry South and Women Behaving BadlyPoems Dead and Undead, and in two editions of Best Women’s Travel Writing.

Sholeh Wolpé is an Iranian-American poet and playwright. She is the author or editor of more than a dozen books, several plays, and an oratorio. Her most recent book, Abacus of Loss: A Memoir in Verse (University of Arkansas Press) was picked by The Mary Sue Magazine as one of “eight beautiful, contemporary novels written in verse that make poetry accessible,” and is one of 17 books recommend for by Orion magazine. Wolpé ’s translations of 12th century Sufi mystic poet, Attar, The Conference of the Birds (W.W. Norton & Co), and 20th century Iranian rebel poet Forugh Farrokhzad, Sin: Selected Poems of Forugh Farrokhzad (University of Arkansas Press) have garnered awards and established Wolpé as a celebrated re-creator of Persian poetry into English. Sholeh’s newest musical project is The Conference of the Birds—An Oratorio, composed by Fahad Siadat, and choreographed by André Megerdichian. It will premiere at the Broad Stage in Los Angeles in June 2022. Sholeh is currently a writer-in-residence at the University of California, Irvine. She lives in Los Angeles and Barcelona.

Christina Rivera Cogswell’s essays are published or forthcoming at the Kenyon Review, Orion, Catapult, Bat City Review, River Teeth, and elsewhere. She won Pacifica Literary Review’s 2019 CNF Contest judged by Melissa Febos and her essay, “The 17th Day” published in was nominated for the John Burroughs 2022 Nature Essay Award. Christina’s (work-in-progress) book of essays My Oceans—a collection of ecofeminist reflections on motherhood in the face of climate crisis—was recently selected as a finalist for The Siskiyou Prize for New Environmental Literature and is represented by MMQLIT.

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