Michelle Whittaker, NYC Launch for “Surge”

by Jane on July 2, 2017

July 22, 2017 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
172 Allen St
New York, NY 10002
Jane Ormerod

Celebrate the publication of Surge, the brand new collection of poems by Michelle Whittaker at Bluestockings BookstoreMichelle Whittaker, Surge, front cover

With special guest readers Ama Codjoe and t’ai freedom ford.  Hosted by Aimee Herman.

“In the wondrous poems of Michelle Whittaker, ‘the tired self slipknots a song for her own self to sleep.’ Even as her language loops into lullabies, swells and spells, it casts a blue and uneasy shadow. Even when she meditates on art or mortality, she dazzles with a turn of phrase and explosive imagery. Even when adrift on the music and mystery of dreams, Surge is fueled by feeling. Warmth and compassion power this amazing debut.” —Terrance Hayes

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photo.michellewhittakerMichelle Whittaker is a poet and musician. Her poems have been published in The New Yorker, Southampton Review, Narrative, Vinyl, Transitions Magazine, Long Island Quarterly, and other publications. She was awarded a Jody Donohue Poetry Prize and Cave Canem Fellowship. She is an Assistant Professor in the Program of Writing and Rhetoric at Stony Brook University.


t’ai freedom fordt’ai freedom ford is a New York City high school English teacher and Cave Canem Fellow. Her first poetry collection, how to get over, is available from Red Hen Press. t’ai lives and loves in Brooklyn, where she is an editor at No, Dear Magazine.


Ama Codjoe HeadshotAma Codjoe was raised in Youngstown, Ohio with roots in Memphis and Accra. She has been awarded support from Saltonstall Foundation, Cave Canem Foundation, and Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop. Recently, her poems have appeared in Narrative, Four Way Review, Georgia Review, and elsewhere.



Michelle Whittaker, Surge

Publication date July 1st 2017, great weather for MEDIA


ISBN: 978-0-9981440-1-6

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