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Poetry Reading with Margo Taft Stever & Susana Case

  • Chop Suey Books 2913 W. Cary Street Richmond United States (map)

Join us for a poetry reading and book signing with Margo Taft Stever, author of Cracked Piano, and Susana Case, author of Erasure, Syria. Free and open to the public.


Margo Taft Stever is an award-winning poet whose readings include the internationally acclaimed Troubadour Café, London; Bowery Poetry Club, New York; Geraldine Dodge Poetry Festival, Newark; and the Shanghai International Studies University, Shanghai. Her first book, Frozen Spring (2002), was the winner of the Mid-List Press First Series Award for Poetry, and her first chapbook, Reading the Night Sky (Introduction by Denise Levertov), won the 1996 Riverstone Poetry Chapbook Competition. Her chapbook, The Hudson Line, was published by Main Street Rag in 2012.

In 2015, Kattywompus Press also published her chapbook,The Lunatic Ball. Also, the same year, the University of Cincinnati and Zhejiang University press collaborated on the publication of the English-language version of Looking East: William Howard Taft and the 1905 U.S. Diplomatic Mission to Asia, The Photographs of Harry Fowler Woods (Orange Frazier Press, 2015), by Margo Taft Stever and James Taft Stever, a book of narrative historical analysis of the mission accompanied by hundreds of antique photographs taken during the trip. In 2012, Zhejiang University Press published the Chinese-language version of the book.

Stever is a graduate of Harvard University, a recipient of an Ed.M from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and an M.F.A. in Poetry from Sarah Lawrence College. After establishing the Sleepy Hollow Poetry Series at the Warner Library in 1983, Stever founded the Hudson Valley Writers Center, located at the restored Philipse Manor Railroad Station. She also had overall management responsibilities for the station restoration. She was the primary fundraiser for the building renovation and for the Center.


Susana Case is the author of six books of poetry, most recently, Erasure, Syria, 2018 from Recto y Verso Editions and Drugstore Blue, 2017 from Five Oaks Press, winner of an Independent Publisher Book Award (IPPY). She is also the author of four chapbooks, two of which won poetry prizes. One of her collections, The Scottish Café, from Slapering Hol Press, was re-released in a dual-language English-Polish version, Kawiarnia Szkocka by Opole University Press in Poland. Her poems appear widely in magazines and anthologies. Recent poems can be found in: Calyx, The Cortland Review, Fourteen Hills, Portland Review, Potomac Review, Rattle, and RHINO, among others. Dr. Case is a Professor and Program Coordinator at the New York Institute of Technology in New York City.

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