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Mazza Writer in Residence Priscilla Wathington and Sam Sax, reading and in conversation

Thursday, April 11, 2024
Event Time 02:00 p.m. - 03:15 p.m. PT
Cost Free and open to the public
Location The Poetry Center, Humanities 512, San Francisco State University
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The Poetry Center's Mazza Writer in Residence for Spring 2024, poet Priscilla Wathington, is joined for this mid-afternoon occasion by poet Sam Sax. The two of them each read from their work then engage in conversation with one another and their audience. This is the first of two public programs during Priscilla Wathington's week-long residency, where otherwise she'll be visiting classes across the SF State campus as guest artist. The second public program brings Wathington and her poetry into conversation with Palestinian Mexican American filmmaker Colette Ghunim and her Tunisian American collaborator, Sara Maamouri (April 14 at ATA). 

This event is co-presented with Race & Resistiance Studies, SF State. 

The Mazza Writer in Residence program is supported by the Sam Mazza Foundation.

The Poetry Center reading room is located on the fifth floor of the Humanities Building at SF State, and is wheelchair accessible.

VIDEO for this program will be posted after editing at Poetry Center Digital Archive.

Priscilla Wathington is a Palestinian American poet and editor who lives in the Bay Area. She is the author of the chapbook, Paper and Stick (Tram Editions), which draws from her past human rights and humanitarian work with NGOs such as Defense for Children International – Palestine, Norwegian Refugee Council, and the Arab American Action Network. Her poems have appeared in Adi Magazine, Gulf Coast, Michigan Quarterly Review, Salamander and elsewhere. She sits on the board of the Radius of Arab American Writers (RAWI) and is an MFA candidate at Warren Wilson College.

Sam Sax is a queer jewish writer and educator. They're the author of PIG (Scribner, 2023), Yr Dead (McSweeney's, 2024), Madness (Penguin, 2017, National Poetry Series), and 'Bury It' (Wesleyan, 2018, James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets). Sax has received fellowships from The NEA, Poetry Foundation, The Academy of American Poets, and Yaddo, is the two time Bay Area Grand Slam Champion, and is currently serving as an ITALIC Lecturer at Stanford University.

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