Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz & Sarah Kay
Monday April 2: 7:00PM – 8:00PM
April is National Poetry Month, a time spent dedicated to the importance of the art of the written word. As one of the largest literary celebrations in the world it's encouraging and uplifting to see tens of millions of readers, students, teachers, librarian, booksellers, and more coming together to cherish the importance poetry has on our culture and our lives.
Join us as poets Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz and Sarah Kay inaugurate National Poetry Month and celebrate the launch of their new books!
Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz is the author of seven books of poetry, including The Year of No Mistakes, crowned the Book of the Year for Poetry by the Writers' League of Texas. She is also the author of two books of nonfiction, most recently Dr Mütter's Marvels: A True Tale of Intrigue and Innovation at the Dawn of Modern Medicine, which spent three months on the New York Times Best Seller. Recent awards include a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, the ArtsEDGE write-in-residency at the University of Pennsylvania and the Amy Clampitt Residency. When not on the road, she lives in Austin. Her latest book is How to Love the Empty Air.
Sarah Kay is a poet from New York City who has been performing her spoken word poetry since she was fourteen years old. Since then, Sarah has shared her poetry on six of the seven continents, and is currently yearning for Antarctica. She is perhaps best known for her talk at the 2011 TED conference, which garnered two standing ovations and has been viewed over nine million times online. Sarah has been invited to share her work on such diverse stages as the the Malthouse Theater in Melbourne, Australia; The Royal Danish Theater in Copenhagen, Denmark, the United Nations and Carnegie Hall in New York City, among hundreds of other venues. Sarah holds a Masters Degree in The Art of Teaching from Brown University and an Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters from Grinnell College. She is the author of four books of poetry: No Matter the Wreckage, B, The Type, and her latest one All Our Wild Wonder. A passionate educator, Sarah has worked with education organizations like the National Association of Independent Schools and the International Baccalaureate Organization among many others, in order to further the work of Project VOICE: promoting empowerment through self-expression, challenging traditional notions of literacy, and expanding access to arts education.