Please join me on Tuesday, April 26 at 8pm to celebrate the fifth annual Young Poets' night at the National Arts Club, featuring Eliza Griswold, Ben Downing, and Leslie C. Chang.
Cookies and punch follow the reading, which is free and open to the public.
Eliza Griswold, currently a fellow at the New America Foundation, received a 2010 Rome Prize from The American Academy in Rome. A former Nieman Fellow at Harvard, she reports on religion, conflict, and human rights. Her first book of poems Wideawake Field, was published in 2007 by FSG. Her reportage and poetry have appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, and The New Republic, among many other publications.
Ben Downing has published poems, essays, and reviews in The Atlantic Monthly, Poetry, The New Criterion, and elsewhere. A book of his poems, The Calligraphy Shop, appeared in 2003. His biography of the society figure Janet Ross is forthcoming from FSG.
Leslie C. Chang's first collection of poems, Things That No Longer Delight Me, was awarded the 2008-2009 Poets Out Loud Prize and published in 2010. She has received awards and scholarships from the Academy of American Poets, the Millay Colony, and Bread Loaf. Her poems have appeared in Agni, The Iowa Review, The Nation, and other publications.