EDGE 95: Eleni Sikelianos, Maria Pinto & Courtney Sender

Join us for a magical night of poetry, fiction and non-fiction at TRIDENT BOOKSELLERS with poet, translator & hybrid memoirist, Eleni Sikelianos, author of YOUR KINGDOM (Coffee House Press, January 2023); Boston fiction and non-fiction writer and mycophile, Maria Pinto; and writer for The New York Times' MODERN LOVE, The Atlantic and author of ALL I'VE LOST COMES BACK TO ME (WVU Press, March 2023), Courtney Sender. With two new books out this year, spend an evening with three talented writers in the heart of Boston, on Newbury St. Books available for sale and signing.

EDGE is an interdisciplinary reading & performance series emphasizing diversity of narrative & identity and hybridity. Our purpose is to create community and foster visibility & voice for diverse peoples and words: artists and writers at all stages of their careers. Books and journals will be available for purchase and signing.

Founded and curated by poet Melissa Buckheit in 2008 at Casa Libre en la Solana in Tucson, AZ, Edge is currently in its eleventh year and has featured 300+ writers and artists. EDGE is collaborating with FABLE (Southington, CT), TRIDENT BOOKSELLERS & CAFE (Boston, MA) and upcoming art orgs in Greater New England. Contact us through facebook at EDGE READING SERIES, on Eventbrite or on Instagram: @edgereadingseries or at edgelitseries@gmail.com.



Born in California on Walt Whitman’s birthday, Eleni Sikelianos is a poet, writer, and "a master of mixing genres." She grew up in earshot of the ocean, in small coastal towns near Santa Barbara, and has since lived in San Francisco, New York, Paris, Athens (Greece), Boulder (Colorado), and Providence. Deeply engaged with ecopoetics, her work takes up urgent concerns of environmental precarity and ancestral lineages. Your Kingdom (Winter 2023) will be her tenth book of poetry, riding alongside two memoir-verse-image-novels. She is the author of nine books of poetry, most recently What I Knew and Make Yourself Happy, and two hybrid memoir-verse-image-novels, The Book of Jon and You Animal Machine. A number of her books have appeared in French and one in Greek, and her work has been translated into many other languages. She has been at the forefront of ecopoetics and hybrid work since the early 2000s, exploring family as well as animal lineages. Her work has been widely fêted and anthologized, garnering numerous awards, including from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Fulbright Program, the National Poetry Series, New York Foundation for the Arts, Princeton University’s Seeger Center, and the Gertrude Stein Awards in Innovative American Poetry. Dedicated to the many ways poetry manifests in communities, she has taught workshops in public schools, homeless shelters, and prisons, and collaborated with musicians, filmmakers, and visual artists. She currently teaches at Brown University.

Maria Pinto is a writer, teaching artist, and mycophile. Her work has appeared in Frigg, Necessary Fiction, Word Riot, The Butter, and Dostoevsky Wannabe Cities: Boston. She has been awarded fellowships and residencies by the Mass Cultural Council, The Writers' Room of Boston, The Mastheads, The Garrett on the Green, and Vermont Studio Center. She's a fiction editor at the multimedia journal Peripheries, a contributor at the online publication Thali Global, and the Community Programs Teaching Fellow at GrubStreet. She’s currently at work on a book about mushrooms. mariapintowriter.wordpress.com

Courtney Sender has written for The New York Times’ Modern Love and The Atlantic. Her fiction is forthcoming in Ploughshares Spring 2023, and has appeared in AGNI, The Kenyon Review, and many others. She is staff writer for the #1-charting iHeart podcast Noble Blood. A Yaddo and MacDowell fellow, Courtney holds an MFA from the Johns Hopkins Writing Seminars and an MTS from Harvard Divinity School. Her debut book, In Other Lifetimes All I've Lost Comes Back to Me (WVU Press, March '23), was called "compelling" by Kirkus, "a stunner" in The Millions, "literary rock 'n' roll" by Aimee Bender, and "fierce" by Alice McDermott. www.courtneysender.com

Event date: 
Monday, March 6, 2023 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Event address: 
338 Newbury Street
Boston, MA 02115
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