Leila Chatti & Bryce Emley, Poetry

Albuquerque poet Bryce Emley and visiting poet Leila Chatti read from their work.

Leila Chatti is a Tunisian-American poet and author of Deluge, forthcoming from Copper Canyon Press in 2020, and the chapbooks Ebb (Akashic Books, 2018) and Tunsiya/Amrikiya, the 2017 Editors' Selection from Bull City Press. She is the recipient of scholarships from the Tin House Writers’ Workshop, The Frost Place, and the Key West Literary Seminar, grants from the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund and the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation, and fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, and Cleveland State University, where she is the inaugural Anisfield-Wolf Fellow in Publishing and Writing. Her poems appear in PloughsharesTin HouseAmerican Poetry Review, and elsewhere.

In Tunsiya/Amrikiya, emerging Tunisian-American poet Leila Chatti explores the nuances of multicultural identity, the necessity of  family, and the perennial search for belonging. From vantage points on both sides of the Atlantic, Chatti investigates the perpetual exile that comes from always being separated from some essential part of oneself.

Bryce Emley is the author of the prose chapbooks A Brief Family History of Drowning (winner of the 2018 Sonder Press Chapbook Prize, forthcoming) and Smoke and Glass (Folded Word, 2018). He works in marketing at the University of New Mexico Press and is Poetry Editor of Raleigh Review. Read more at bryceemley.com.

about Smoke and Glass:

The nine stories in this collection provide a sensory-rich showcase of the human spirit in the living, in the dead, and in those caught somewhere between the two. A boy learns that ghosts and guns don’t mix. A woman discovers a unique way to mourn the loss of her cat. A man notices the grace and mystery of an elderly couple boarding the bus. The musicality of Bryce Emley’s voice renders each movement through Smoke and Glass pitch-perfect in a range of minor keys that are sure to linger long after you read the last page.

Event date: 
Thursday, July 18, 2019 - 6:00pm
Event address: 
Bookworks
4022 Rio Grande Blvd NW
Albuquerque, NM 87107