Four Poets

October 15, 2019 - 7:00 PM
Red Room
Four Poets

Four Poets: Joseph Fasano, Safia Jama, John James, and Sarah V. Schweig

John James is the author of The Milk Hours (Milkweed, 2019), selected by Henri Cole for the Max Ritvo Poetry Prize. His poems appear in Boston Review, Kenyon Review, Gulf Coast, Poetry Northwest, Best American Poetry 2017, and elsewhere. He lives in the Bay Area, where he is pursuing a PhD in English at UC Berkeley.  

Safia Jama was born to a Somali father and an Irish American mother in Queens, New York. A Cave Canem graduate fellow, she has published poetry in Ploughshares, RHINO, Cagibi, Boston Review, Spoken Black Girl, and No Dear. Her poetry has also been featured on WNYC’s Morning Edition and CUNY TV’s Shades of US series. Jama was a semifinalist in the Pleiades Press Editors Prize for Poetry. 

Sarah V. Schweig's first book, Take Nothing with You, was published by the University of Iowa Press (Kuhl House Poets series). She is also the author of the chapbook S (Dancing Girl Press). Her poetry has appeared in Black Warrior Review, BOMB Magazine, Boston Review, Everyday Genius, Poetry Daily, Poetry Society of America, Tin House, and Verse Daily, among others. Her critical essays and reviews have appeared at Fanzine, Gulf Coast, The Literary Review, Public Seminar, Publishers Weekly, and The Tourniquet Review, where she now serves as an editor. She studies philosophy at The New School for Social Research and lives and works in New York City.

Joseph Fasano is the author of four books of poetry—The Crossing (Cider Press Review, 2018), Vincent (2015), Inheritance (2014), and Fugue for Other Hands (2013)—and the forthcoming novel The Dark Heart of Every Wild Thing (Platypus Press, 2020). His honors include the RATTLE Poetry Prize and the Cider Press Review Book Award. His writing has appeared in The Yale Review, The Times Literary Supplement, The Missouri Review, Verse Daily, and The Academy of American Poets poem-a-day program, among other publications and anthologies. He serves on the Editorial Board of Alice James Books and as the Director of the Unamuno Poem Project.