NC State Literary Readings Spring 2023

Thursday, February 23, 7:30 PM Caldwell Hall Lounge, Caldwell Hall 

Sumita Chakraborty is the author of the poetry collection Arrow (Alice James Books (U.S.)/Carcanet Press (U.K.), 2020), which received coverage in the New York Times, NPR, and the Guardian. Her work in progress includes a scholarly monograph titled Grave Dangers, which is under contract with the University of Minnesota Press. Her poems have been published in Poetry, the American Poetry Review, the Academy of American Poets’ Poem-a-Day series, the Best American Poetry series, The RumpusThe Offing, and elsewhere; her essays and articles have appeared in the Los Angeles Review of BooksCultural Critique, Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and the Environment, Modernism/modernity, and College Literature, among others. She has received honors from the Poetry Foundation, the Forward Arts Foundation (U.K.), and Kundiman. She is Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing here at NCSU.

Meg Day is the author of Last Psalm at Sea Level (Barrow Street, 2014), winner of the Publishing Triangle’s Audre Lorde Award, and a finalist for the 2016 Kate Tufts Discovery Award, and the co-editor of Laura Hershey: On the Life & Work of an American Master (Pleiades, 2019). The recipient of the Amy Lowell Poetry Travelling Scholarship and an NEA Fellowship in Poetry, Day’s work can be found in, or forthcoming from, Best American Poetry, The New York Times, Poetry Magazine, & elsewhere. Day teaches in the MFA Program at NC State.

Thursday, April 6, 7:30 PM Caldwell Hall Lounge, Caldwell Hall (map)

Khalisa Rae is an award-winning author, activist, and storyteller. As a queer rights advocate and community builder, she seeks to uplift Black queer voices. She is the author of the poetry collection, Ghost in a Black Girl's Throat and the sold-out play production, Seven Deadly Sins of Being a Woman. An accomplished performer, journalist, and playwright, her writing has been featured in countless literary journals and magazines, including Pinch, PANK, Autumn House, Jezebel, Blavity, and NBC-BLK. Her impactful work has received a Appalachian Arts and Entertainment Award, a Gwendolyn Brooks Prize, and multiple Pushcart nominations, among others. She is the founder of Think in Ink Literary Collective, the WOC Speak reading series, and a co-founder of the Griot and Grey Owl Black Southern Writers Conference. Khalisa Rae's YA novel in verse, Unlearning Eden is forthcoming.

Please join us as we celebrate our graduating MFA students who will read their original work. 
Wednesday, April 19, 7 PM Location Caldwell Hall Lounge, Caldwell Hall (map)