Award-winning poets Seema Reza and Blythe Baird are coming to Brookdale on November 6 as part of the Dr. Carl Calendar Visiting Writers Series.
Reza’s writing has appeared in Entropy, The Feminist Wire, Bellevue Literary Review, The Offing, Full Grown People and The Nervous Breakdown. Her collection of poems A Constellation of Half-Lives attempts to reconcile the crisis of living on a collapsing planet with the unreasonable joy of loving and the pleasure of being alive. She also coordinates a multi-hospital program that encourages veterans to use art as a tool for narration, self-care and socialization.
Baird’s poetry speaks out about sexual assault, mental illness, eating disorder recovery and healing. Baird, 23, has had her work featured in Glamour, ELLE India, The National Eating Disorder Association, The Huffington Post, Everyday Feminism, Button Poetry and other publications. Her collection of poems If My Body Could Speak was published this year.
The reading will be held in the Navesink rooms of the Student Life Center on Wednesday, November 6 at 7 p.m. The event is free for students and community members with a suggested $3 donation to the Creative Writing Club.