19th Annual Philbrick Poetry Reading
Join us for an evening with Gregory Pardlo, winner of the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, and Tina Cane, recently named Rhode Island Poet Laureate. The Philbrick Poetry Project is named in honor of long-time Athenæum members Charles Philbrick, a noted poet, and his wife Deborah, a mentor to many poets, and fosters the art of poetry in Rhode Island and beyond.
A Manhattan native, Tina Cane attended the University of Vermont, the Sorbonne, and completed her master’s degree in French Literature at the Université de Paris IV-Nanterre. She has taught French, English, and Creative Writing in public and private schools throughout New York City and Rhode Island and is the founder and director of Writers-in-the-Schools, RI. Tina’s poems and translations have appeared in numerous journals including The Literary Review, Barrow Street, and Tupelo Quarterly. In 2016 she received the Fellowship Merit Poetry Award and was appointed the Poet Laureate of Rhode Island by Governor Raimondo. She has published two books, Dear Elena: Letters for Elena Ferrante and Once More With Feeling.
Gregory Pardlo’s collection Digest (Four Way Books) won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. His other honors include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York Foundation for the Arts; his first collection Totem was selected by Brenda Hillman for the APR/Honickman Prize in 2007. He is also the author of Air Traffic, a memoir in essays forthcoming from Knopf. Pardlo is a faculty member of the M.F.A. program in creative writing at Rutgers University-Camden. He lives with his family in Brooklyn.