9th Ave: Michelle Brittan Rosado

Saturday, February 16, 2019 - 7:30pm

This event will be held at our 9th Ave. location.

Bay Area poets Heather June Gibbons, Barbara Jane Reyes, and Randall Mann will read with Michelle Brittan Rosado, who will be in town to launch her debut collection, Why Can't It Be Tenderness.

Heather June Gibbons is the author of the poetry collection Her Mouth as Souvenir, winner of the 2017 Agha Shahid Ali Poetry Prize and published by the University of Utah Press. She teaches at San Francisco State University.

Barbara Jane Reyes is an adjunct professor in Philippine Studies at University of San Francisco and the author of Invocation to Daughters (City Lights Publishers, 2017), and four previous collections of poetry. 

Michelle Brittan Rosado is the author of Why Can't It Be Tenderness, winner of the Felix Pollak Prize in Poetry (University of Wisconsin Press, 2018). She earned an MFA in Creative Writing from California State University, Fresno, and is currently a PhD candidate in Creative Writing & Literature at the University of Southern California. 

Randall Mann is the author of four poetry collections, most recently Proprietary (Persea Books, 2017), a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award and Northern California Book Award. A book of criticism, The Illusion of Intimacy: On Poetry, is forthcoming from Diode Editions in March 2019. 


Why Can't It Be Tenderness (Wisconsin Poetry Series) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780299319946
Availability: On Our Shelves Now. Call store for up-to-the-minute availability.
Published: University of Wisconsin Press - November 27th, 2018

Charting a journey through schoolyards and laundromats, suburban gardens and rice paddies, yoga studios and rural highways, Michelle Brittan Rosado crafts poems that blend elegy and praise. In settings from California to Malaysian Borneo, and the wide Pacific between them, she explores themes of coming-of-age, mixed-race identity, diaspora, and cultural inheritance.

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