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Poetry Reading with Diana Woodcock & Tara Bray

  • Chop Suey books 2913 West Cary Street Richmond, VA, 23221 United States (map)

Join us for a poetry reading with Diana Woodcock and Tara Bray. Free & open the public.

About the poets:

Diana Woodcock’s first full-length collection, Swaying on the Elephant’s Shoulders, won the 2010 Vernice Quebodeaux International Women’s Poetry Prize. Her second, Under the Spell of a Persian Nightingale, was published in 2015.   Chapbooks include Beggar in the EvergladesDesert Ecology: Lessons and VisionsTamed by the DesertIn the Shade of the Sidra TreeMandala, and Travels of a Gwai Lo. Widely published in literary journals and anthologies (including Best New Poets 2008), her poems have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net Award, as well as performed live onstage in Lincoln Park, San Francisco in 2014 at Artists Embassy International’s 21st Dancing Poetry Festival.  Several of her Alaska poems toured Alaska as part of the ‘Voices of the Wilderness’ Traveling Art Exhibit, Alaska 2014-2015.  Prior to teaching in Qatar (since 2004), she worked for nearly eight years in Tibet, Macau and on the Thai/Cambodian border. Diana's second full-length collection, Under the Spell of a Persian Nightingale, was release in December 2016. Her sixth chapbook, Beggar in the Everglades, was release in January 2016. Free & open to the public.

Tara Bray is the author of Small Mothers of Fright (LSU Press, 2015) and Mistaken For Song (Persea Books, 2009).  Her most recent poems have appeared or will soon appear in journals including Poetry, Colorado Review, Agni, The Southern Review, Shenandoah, The Hudson Review, and Cincinnati Review.  She grew up in Georgia, and now lives in Richmond where she teaches research writing at Virginia Commonwealth University.