Rhina P. Espaillat, Chaun Ballard, and Lee Herrick


May 24 2021


5 PT / 6 MT / 7 CT / 8 ET
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Terrain.org Reading Series: Rhina P. Espaillat, Chaun Ballard + Lee Herrick

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Join us for Terrain.org’s fourth reading in our online Terrain.org Reading Series.

Moderated by Suzanne Frischkorn and underwritten by the Institute for Ethnic Studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, with Zoom hosting provided by the University of Arizona, this reading and discussion features acclaimed essayists and poets Rhina P. Espaillat, Chaun Ballard and Lee Herrick.


Rhina P. Espaillat was born in the Dominican Republic under the dictatorship of Rafael Trujillo. Her family was exiled to the United States and settled in New York City. She began writing poetry in Spanish and then in English, and has published in both languages. Espaillat has published 17 collections, comprising poetry, short stories, essays, and translations. Those include Lapsing to Grace (1992); Where Horizons Go (1998), winner of the 1998 T. S. Eliot Prize in Poetry; The Shadow I Dress In (2004), winner of the Stanzas Prize; Rehearsing Absence (2001), 2001 winner of the Richard Wilbur Award; Playing at Stillness (2005); a bilingual chapbook titled Mundo y Palabra / The World and the Word (2001); Her Place in These Designs (2008); El olor de la memoria / The Scent of Memory (2007); Agua de dos rios / Water from Two Rivers (2017); and most recently And After All (2018) and The Field (2019). Espaillat’s work has garnered many awards, including the Sparrow Sonnet Award, three Poetry Society of America awards, the Der-Hovanessian Translation Award from the New England Poetry Club, and, for her Spanish translations of Robert Frost, the Tree at My Window Award from the Robert Frost Foundation. She is a two-time winner of the Howard Nemerov Sonnet Award. In 2008 she received a Lifetime Achievement Award from Salem State College. She is a founding member of both the Fresh Meadows Poets and the Powow River Poets.

Chaun Ballard is an affiliate editor for Alaska Quarterly Review, a graduate of the MFA program at the University of Alaska Anchorage, and a doctoral student. His chapbook, Flight, was the winner of the 2018 Sunken Garden Poetry Prize and was published by Tupelo Press. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Narrative, Rattle,Terrain.org, The New York Times, Tupelo Quarterly, and other literary magazines.

Lee Herrick is the author of Scar and Flower and two other books of poems, Gardening Secrets of the Dead and This Many Miles from Desire. He is co-editor of The World I Leave You: Asian American Poets on Faith and Spirit (Orison Books, 2020). His poems appear widely in literary magazines, textbooks, and anthologies such as One for the Money: The Sentence as Poetic Form; Indivisible: Poems of Social Justice, with an introduction by Common; Here: Poems for the Planet, with an introduction by the Dalai Lama; California Fire and Water; and Dear America: Letters of Hope, Habitat, Defiance, and Democracy, among others. Born in Daejeon, Korea and adopted to the United States at ten months, he served as Fresno Poet Laureate from 2015-2017. He lives in Fresno, California and teaches at Fresno City College and the MFA program at Sierra Nevada University.

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