May 24th, 2017: Down with OPP

Once again, poets Steve Ramirez and Ben Trigg present a special edition of their famous series 'Two Idiots Peddling Poetry.' It's annual 'OPP' Night - Other People's Poetry! And for 2017 we offer an extra special guest, national sensation Kaveh Akbar joins returning curator Brendan Constantine in a presentation of poetry by their favorite authors.

Akbar is not only a brilliant poet but is also the founder and edtor of DiveDapper, a digital forum devoted exclusively to featuring interviews with major voices in contemporary poetry. (visit www.divedapper.com). As such, he brings an incredible insight for this year's show.

YES, THERE WILL STILL BE AN OPEN MIC AND WE INVITE YOU TO COME AND SHARE WORK! YES, YOU CAN READ YOUR OWN, BUT IT MIGHT BE MORE FUN TO BRING A FRIEND AND READ EACH OTHER'S!!!

EITHER WAY - JOIN US!

Kaveh Akbar

kavehKaveh Akbar's poems appear recently or soon in The New Yorker, Poetry, APR, Ploughshares, PBS NewsHour, and elsewhere. His debut full-length collection, Calling a Wolf a Wolf, will be published by Alice James Books in Fall 2017; he is also the author of the chapbook Portrait of the Alcoholic. A recipient of the Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation and the Lucille Medwick Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America, Kaveh was born in Tehran, Iran, and currently lives and teaches in Florida.



brendanBrendan Constantine

Brendan Constantine's work has appeared in Prairie Schooner, FIELD, Ploughshares, Virginia Quarterly, and Ninth Letter, among other journals. His most recent collection is ‘Dementia, My Darling (2016 Red Hen Press). He has received grants and commissions from the Getty Museum, James Irvine Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. He currently teaches poetry at the Windward School and regularly offers classes to hospitals, foster homes, veterans, and the elderly.