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Saturnalia Books Annual Athenaeum Reading

  • The Athenaeum of Philadelphia 219 South 6th Street Philadelphia, PA, 19106 United States (map)

Saturnalia Books annual reading at the Athenaeum of Philadelphia!

Join special guest, Daisy Fried, with Saturnalia authors Sandra Simonds, Robert Ostrom, and Jason Zuzga.


Daisy Fried is the author of three books of poetry: Women's Poetry: Poems and Advice (University of Pittsburgh, 2013), named by Library Journal one of the five best poetry books of 2013, My Brother is Getting Arrested Again (University of Pittsburgh, 2006), a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and She Didn't Mean to Do It, (University of Pittsburgh, 2000), which won the Agnes Lynch Starrett Award. For her poetry, she's received Guggenheim, Hodder and Pew Fellowships, as well as a Pushcart Prize and the Cohen Award from Ploughshares. She is a member of the faculty of the Warren Wilson College MFA Program for Writers, and also offers private workshops, tutorials, mentorships and manuscript critiques. She lives in South Philly.

Sandra Simonds is the author of Steal It Back (Saturnalia Books, 2016), The Sonnets, Mother Was a Tragic Girl, and Warsaw Bikini. Her poems have been anthologized in the Best American Poetry 2014 and 2015. Her poems have appeared in Poetry, Granta, American Poetry Review, Chicago Review, Fence, and elsewhere. She is an assistant professor of English and humanities at Thomas University in Thomasville, Georgia.

Robert Ostrom is the author of Ritual and Bit, winner of the 2015 Saturnalia Books Poetry Prize, and The Youngest Butcher in Illinois (YesYes Books, 2012). He teaches at New York City College of Technology and Columbia University, and lives in Ridgewood, New York.

Jason Zuzga is the author of Heat Wake (Saturnalia Books, 2016). He was born in Camden, NJ and grew up in the Philadelphia suburb of Cherry Hill, NJ. His work has appeared in numerous journals including Paris Review, Tin House, and The Yale Review. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in the English Department at the University of Pennsylvania, working on a dissertation about nature documentary and media.

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