9/28/18 RHINO Reads! Featuring Valerie Wallace & Aaron Coleman
6 PM – 745 PM
VALERIE WALLACE’s debut poetry collection “House of McQueen” (March 2018) was chosen by Vievee Francis for the Four Way Books Intro Prize in Poetry. In their starred review Publishers Weekly said that Wallace created “…a literary seance…serving as a scholar of and medium for the late iconic fashion designer Alexander McQueen….” Poems from her earlier chapbook, “The Dictator’s Guide to Good Housekeeping”, were selected by Margaret Atwood for the Atty Award. Valerie has received an Illinois Arts Council Literary Award and the San Miguel de Allende Writers Conference Award in Poetry, as well as many grants to support her work, for which she is extremely grateful.
AARON COLEMANan is the author of “Threat Come Close” (Four Way Books, 2018) and his chapbook, “St. Trigger”, was selected by Adrian Matejka for the 2015 Button Poetry Prize. A Fulbright Scholar and Cave Canem Fellow from Metro-Detroit, Aaron has lived and worked with youth in locations including Spain, South Africa, Chicago, St. Louis, and Kalamazoo. Winner of the Tupelo Quarterly Poetry Contest, The Cincinnati Review Schiff Award, and the American Literary Translators Association’s Jansen Fellowship, his poems have appeared in journals including Boston Review, Callaloo, FENCE, and New York Times Magazine. Aaron is currently a PhD student in Comparative Literature at Washington University in St. Louis studying 20th-century poetry of the African Diaspora in the Americas.