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sam sax

Mon
19th November 2018 19:00
Hall Two, Kings Place
90 York Way
sam sax’s extraordinary ability to animate his histories through language has seen him leap across cultural borders, challenge stigma and explore the complexities of today. Amidst his burgeoning accomplishments in the States, Poet in the City is thrilled to collaborate with Out-Spoken to be able to offer you the rare opportunity to see this dynamic artist a little closer to home.

Discover sax’s diverse and inquisitive body of work investigating the contrasting facets of his own identity. Questioning his ancestry, sax reflects on some of the most pressing matters of our time, from the complexities of mental health to queer preconceptions, stories of the Jewish diaspora and more. Explore these issues, and more, in an engaging evening of discussion interspersed with live poetry performances from both sax and an exciting complementary artist.

sax’s work has received much literary acclaim, garnering an admirable collection of accolades, including the American Literary Award, the National Poetry Series, and most recently the James Laughlin Award for his 2018 collection bury it. A bold and inspiring performer, sax has also taken the title spot at the Bay Area Grand Slam Championship twice, as well as featuring on notable online platforms such as Button Poetry and BuzzFeed.

sam sax is a queer, Jewish poet and educator. He’s the author of Madness (Penguin, 2017) winner of The National Poetry Series and bury it (Wesleyan University Press, 2018) winner of the James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets. He’s received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Lambda Literary and the MacDowell Colony. He’s the two-time Bay Area Grand Slam Champion, author of four chapbooks and winner of the Gulf Coast Prize, The Iowa Review Award and American Literary Award. His poems have appeared in BuzzFeed, The New York Times, The Nation, Poetry Magazine and other journals. He’s the poetry editor at BOAAT Press and will be a Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University in 2018.

This event is part of Out-Spoken’s US Poets touring programme, bringing exciting US artists to the UK to deliver a programme of workshops and live poetry events. Poet in the City is delighted to be co-producing and co-curating the US Poets London performances alongside Out-Spoken.
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