The So & So Series began in Boston in 2006 and moved to Raleigh in 2008. Featuring both local and national poets, So & So has hosted more than 300 readers, including Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winners. In order to connect more fully with Raleigh’s arts community, So & So has partnered with CAM Raleigh once more for the 2015 season. Poets will be responding to pieces of their choosing in whatever exhibit is being shown at the time of their reading. The hope is that this will start a dialogue between the poets and the artists and may even lead to interesting and exciting collaborations.
This months’ readers will be Simeon Berry, Joanna Penn Cooper, and Cecily Iddings.
Simeon Berry lives in Somerville, Massachusetts. He has been an Associate Editor for Ploughshares and received a Massachusetts Cultural Council Individual Artist Grant. His first book, Ampersand Revisited (Fence Books), won the 2013 National Poetry Series, and his second book, Monograph (University of Georgia Press), won the 2014 National Poetry Series.
Joanna Penn Cooper’s books are The Itinerant Girl’s Guide to Self-Hypnosis (Brooklyn Arts Press, 2014) and What Is a Domicile (Noctuary Press, 2014). Joanna Penn Cooper’s creative work has appeared in a number of journals, including South Dakota Review, Poetry International, Opium, and Boog City. Her chapbooks are Mesmer (Dancing Girl Press, 2010) and Crown (Ravenna Press, winner of the 2012 Cathlamet Prize for Poetry). Joanna holds a Ph.D. in American literature from Temple University and an MFA in Poetry from New England College. She recently moved from Brooklyn to Durham.
Cecily Iddings’ first book is Everyone Here (Octopus Books, 2014), and her new chapbook is coming soon from Spooky Girlfriend Press. Her poems have appeared in journals including Atlas Review, Horse Less Review, jubilat, Sixth Finch, and The Volta. She lives in Brooklyn.
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