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Double Book Party

May 18 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

A special poetry reading / book launch for two collections coming out this spring: Self-Mythology by Saba Keramati, selected by Patricia Smith for the Miller Williams Poetry Series and The Lengest Neoi by Stephanie Choi, selected by Brenda Shaughnessy for the Iowa Poetry Prize.

I.S. Jones and Meg Kim will join Choi and Keramati in reading.

About the featured collections:

The Lengest Neoi embraces and complicates what it means to err—to wander or go astray; a deviation from a code of behavior or truth; a mistake, flaw, or defect. Beginning with the collection’s title, which combines a colloquial Cantonese phrase (Leng Neoi / “Pretty Girl”) and the English suffix for the superlative degree (—est), these poems wander, deviate, and flow across bodies, geographies, and languages. In this collection from Stephanie Choi, you’ll find the poet’s “tongue writing herself, learning to speak.”

In the search for a true home, what does it mean to be confronted instead by an insurmountable sense of otherness? This question dwells at the center of Saba Keramati’s Self-Mythology, which explores multiraciality and the legacy of exile alongside the poet’s uniquely American origin as the only child of political refugees from China and Iran. Keramati navigates her ancestral past while asking what language and poetry can offer to those who exist on the margins of contemporary society. Constantly scanning her world for some likeness that would help her feel less of an outsider, the poet writes, “You could cut me in half. Send the left side with my mother, / right with my father. Shape what’s missing out of clay // from their lands and still I would not belong.” Blending the personal and the political, Self-Mythology considers the futurity of diaspora in America while revealing its possibilities.

This event is free and open to the public.

PO Box events are MASKS REQUIRED. The space is accessible by ramp with an accessible bathroom. We always have 2 air purifiers running.


May 18
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm


PO Box Collective
6900 N Glenwood Ave
Chicago, IL 60660 United States
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