Point of Contact will once again host nationally-and internationally-celebrated poets for this year’s Cruel April Reading Series, which runs originally on Thursdays in April at 6 p.m. at the Point of Contact Gallery. In response to the rapidly developing situation surrounding COVID-19, Point of Contact will host a live stream reading from Natalie Scenters-Zapico on their Facebook page on Thursday April 2nd at 6pm EST.
The annual series, held in celebration of National Poetry Month, also marks the release of the 13th annual poetry journal, Corresponding Voices, which features the work of this year’s readers — Natalie Scenters-Zapico, Raquel Salas Rivera, Ana Merino, Aurora Luque, and Erika Martínez.
Natalie Scenters-Zapico is from the sister cities of El Paso, Texas, U.S.A., and Cd. Juárez, Chihuahua, México. Her first book The Verging Cities (Center for Literary Publishing 2015) won the PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award, Great Lakes Colleges Association’s New Writers Award, NACCS Foco Book Prize, Utah Book Award, and was featured in Poets and Writers, LitHub, and the Los Angeles Times. Her second collection, Lima :: Limón (Copper Canyon Press, May 2019), has received critical acclaim from the New Yorker, Publisher’s Weekly, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and more. Her poems have appeared in a wide range of anthologies and literary magazines including Best American Poetry 2015, POETRY, Tin House, Kenyon Review, and more. Currently, she holds fellowships from the Lannan Foundation and CantoMundo. She is currently a Poet in Residence at the University of Puget Sound and a recipient of the 2018 Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation.
This program is possible thanks to the support of the College of Arts and Sciences and the Coalition of Museum and Art Centers (CMAC) at Syracuse University, in addition to SU’s Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics, the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) and CNY ARTS.
This event was published on March 23, 2020.