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National Poetry Month: Stegner Fellows Reading + Happy Hour!

April 10, 2020 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm PDT


Join us for a special Ruby happy hour in honor of National Poetry Month featuring readings by Monica Sok, Safia Elfhillo, Claire Meuschke, and Taneum Bambrick; all current Stegner fellows at Stanford University. Drinks and bites served at 5:30pm followed by performances!

About the poets:

Monica Sok is a Cambodian American poet and the daughter of former refugees. She is the author of A Nail the Evening Hangs On (Copper Canyon Press, 2020). Her work has been recognized with a “Discovery” Prize from 92Y. She has received fellowships from Poetry Society of America, Hedgebrook, Elizabeth George Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Kundiman, Jerome Foundation, MacDowell Colony, and others. Sok has taught poetry to Southeast Asian youths at Banteay Srei and the Center for Empowering Refugees and Immigrants in Oakland. She is originally from Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

Safia Elhillo is the author of The January Children (University of Nebraska Press, 2017), which received the the Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets and an Arab American Book Award, and Girls That Never Die (One World/Random House 2021), as well as a novel in verse forthcoming in 2021 from Make Me A World/Random House. A co-editor of the anthology Halal If You Hear Me (Haymarket Books, 2019), Elhillo was listed in Forbes Africa’s 2018 “30 Under 30” and is a 2019-2021 Stegner Fellow at Stanford University.

Claire Meuschke is the author of Upend (Noemi Press, 2020). From the Bay Area, she has lived in New York City, New Mexico, and Arizona. She is poetry editor for Contra Viento and assistant poetry editor for DIAGRAM. She is a Stegner Fellow at Stanford University and lives in Oakland.

Taneum Bambrick is the author of VANTAGE, which was selected by Sharon Olds for the 2019 American Poetry Review/Honickman first book award (Copper Canyon Press). Her chapbook, Reservoir, was selected by Ocean Vuong for the 2017 Yemassee Chapbook Prize. Her poems and essays appear or are forthcoming in theNew Yorker, The American Poetry Review,PENAmerica, and elsewhere. She is a Stegner Fellow at Stanford University.

NOTE: This event is co-ed but we ask that all our guests be mindful of the Ruby’s mission to create a safe space that prioritizes the voices of women and nonbinary artists.


April 10, 2020
5:30 pm - 8:00 pm PDT
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