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An Inauguration Poetry Reading

Saturday, January 23, 2021 | 11 am–12:30 pm PT


Featured poets

henry seven reneau jr.

henry 7. Reneau <<re-NO>>, jr. is the author of the poetry collection, freedomland blues (Transcendent Zero Press) and the e-chapbook, physiography of the fittest (Kind of a Hurricane Press), now available from their respective publishers, among other works. His work has also been nominated multiple times for the Pushcart Prize and the Best of the Net.

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Gary Margolis

Gary Margolis is Emeritus Executive Director of College Mental Health Services at Middlebury College. His third book, Fire in the Orchard, was nominated for the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. His most recent book is Museum of Islands: New and Selected Poems.

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Hyun-Joo Kim

Hyun-Joo Kim is working on a Ph.D. in African history at the Ohio State University. She has published poems in Rising Phoenix Review (forthcoming), Collision Literary Magazine, 70 Faces Magazine, and Forbes & Fifth Magazine.

Susana Praver-Pérez

Susana Praver-Pérez is a Pushcart-nominated poet living in Oakland, California. Susana’s first full-length book of poetry, Hurricanes, Love Affairs and Other Disasters, will be released by Nomadic Press in 2021.


An Inauguration Poetry Reading

Before we can imagine what will be, we must look at what is. Join Poets Reading the News and for Catharsis: An Inauguration Poetry Reading. We will process the enormity of the end of Donald Trump's presidency and the inauguration of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris with poetry, guided exercises, and deep silence.

Readings by henry 7. reneau, jr, Gary Margolis, Hyun-Joo Kim, and Susana Praver-Pérez will center us in this historic moment. Exercises by Stephanie Garcés and Stephanie Smith will provide intention, reflection, and action. Facilitation by J Spagnolo, Elle Aviv Newton, and Camilo Garzón will keep us present.

Poets Reading the News

Established in 2016, Poets Reading the News is an Oakland-based literary organization with the mission to enact poetry’s vital cultural function as a processor for violence, cultural complexity, and political change in a society overwhelmed by the headlines.



January 23, 2021 | 11 am-12:30 pm PT

Please register to save your spot for this event, which is open to all. A suggested contribution of $7 will go directly to the performers. Donate here

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