MCSWEENEY’S POETRY SERIES Inaugural SF Reading
We’re so excited to celebrate McSweeney’s brand-new poetry series
with writers Allan Peterson, author of Fragile Acts,
Rebecca Lindenberg, author of Love: An Index, and
Zubair Ahmed, author of the forthcoming, in December, City of Rivers.
Rebecca Lindenberg is the grateful recipient of a 2012 MacDowell Arts Colony residency, a 2011 National Endowment for the Arts grant, and a 2009-2010 Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center fellowship. Her poetry, essays, and criticism appear in The Believer, POETRY, Iowa Review, Smartish Pace, DIAGRAM, Mid-American Review, 32 Poems, Conjunctions, Huffington Post, Colorado Review, Denver Quarterly, Gulf Coast, and elsewhere. She holds Ph.D. in Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Utah. She lives and writes in northern Utah.
“Love, an Index is an utterly startling, muscular, heartbreaking book –
poems pulled into existence by an event anyone who reads them wants
only to reverse. Yet facing the irreversible fully, and still finding words,
is what poems do. They demonstrate what it is to go on. I wish this book
were not here to be read. But it is. And be read it will, with gratitude,
stopped breath, amazement.” -- Jane Hirshfield
Allan Peterson has received a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, and his work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize ten times. His poems have appeared in The Nation, The Boston Review, Agni, The Believer, and The Paris Review, as well as several anthologies. Peterson’s collection, Anonymous Or, won the Defined Providence Press Competition, and his follow-up volume, All the Lavish in Common, won the prestigious Juniper Prize from the University of Massachusetts. He divides his time between Florida and Oregon.
“Allan Peterson’s collection Fragile Acts is a spacewalk on the wild side. I loved it. He puts music to the tension between the desperate human experience and the cool removal of the cosmos. His poems are refreshingly discrete artifacts—perfected and edgy—raw at the same time. They stand alone but gain power in one another’s presence. This is an exciting new voice, one we’ve been waiting for.”
-- Laura Kasischke, author of Space, in Chains
Zubair Ahmed was born in 1988 and raised in Dhaka, Bangladesh. In 2005, his family won the Diversity Visa Lottery, which granted them the opportunity to immigrate to the US. During the year-and-a-half before moving, Ahmed dropped out of school and became a professional video gamer. In 2005, Ahmed’s family moved to Duncanville, Texas, where he finished high school. Ahmed now studies mechanical engineering and creative writing at Stanford University. He is a member of the Stanford Solar Car Team, president of the Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honors Society, and has recently delved into business and startups.
"We used to play soccer in the monsoon rains.
Through my windows, I can see acres of fields,
Lying in the ruins of the wind."