Inlandia welcomes Pittsburgh poet and winner of the 2017 Hillary Gravendyk Prize, Malcolm Friend, in a celebratory reading and launch of his prize-winning poetry collection, Our Bruises Kept Singing Purple. This event is free and open to the public.
On winning the Hillary Gravendyk Prize, Friend says: “[it] was an unreal moment. It's an amazing honor to win a prize honoring Hillary Gravendyk, that has done a great job bringing work by poets of color into the world, and to be selected by Cindy Arrieu-King. And I'm extremely happy to be with a press in Inlandia that has such a huge commitment to building community through poetry.”
In the spirit of community-building, Friend will be reading alongside three other poets:
Sara Borjas and Micah Chatterton, both Hillary Gravendyk Prize finalists, and Rachelle Cruz, whose Hillary Gravendyk Prize-winning book, God’s Will for Monsters, also won a 2018 American Book Award.
Reading will be followed by book sales and signing and light refreshments.
The Inlandia Institute is a regionally-focused literary nonprofit and publishing house, home to Inlandia Books and the Hillary Gravendyk Prize for poetry.
Sunday, December 2, 2018 at 1:30pm to 3:00pm
UCR ARTS, Culver Center of the Arts 3824 Main Street
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