Annual Poetry Month Reading Series: Irene Ayala, Gayle Brandeis, and Sherwin Bitsui

For the 20th year, Sundance is pleased to host a series of readings in honor of National Poetry Month. Our featured poets on Thursday, April 25th will be Irene Ayala, Gayle Brandeis, and Sherwin Bitsui.

Irene Ayala is a native Nevadan. She is currently a MFA student in poetry at Sierra Nevada College where she has studied with a number of talented poets such as Lee Herrick and Patricia Smith. Her work address themes of race, culture, and tradition to name a few. When she's not working, she likes to travel and spend time with her family and friends.

Gayle Brandeis is the author, most recently, of the memoir The Art of Misdiagnosis: Surviving My Mother's Suicide, and the poetry collection The Selfless Bliss of the Body. Her other books include Fruitflesh: Seeds of Inspiration for Women Who Write, and the novels The Book of Dead Birds, which won the Bellwether Prize for Fiction of Social Engagement, Self Storage, Delta Girls, and My Life with the Lincolns, which received a Silver Nautilus Book Award and was chosen as a state-wide read in Wisconsin. Her novel in poems, Many Restless Concerns, will be published this December. Her poetry, essays, and short fiction have been widely published in places such as The Washington Post, O (The Oprah Magazine), The Rumpus, Salon, Longreads, and more, and have received numerous honors, including a Barbara Mandigo Kelly Peace Poetry Award, a Notable Essay in Best American Essays 2016, and the 2018 Multi Genre Maverick Writer Award. She teaches at Sierra Nevada College and Antioch University Los Angeles. 

Sherwin Bitsui is the author of three collections of poetry, Dissolve, Flood Song, and Shapeshift. He is the recipient of a Whiting Award, an American Book Award, and the PEN Book Award. His poems have appeared in Narrative, Black Renaissance Noir, American Poet, The Iowa Review, LIT, and elsewhere. He is Diné of the Todí­ch’ii’nii (Bitter Water Clan), born for the Tlizí­laaní­ (Many Goats Clan), and has received fellowships from the Lannan Foundation and the Native Arts & Culture Foundation.

Event date: 
Thursday, April 25, 2019 - 6:30pm
Event address: 
121 California Avenue
Reno, NV 89509