This month we are proud to welcome WEIRDD poetry readers Sahar Muradi, Valerie Hsiung, and Chase Berggrun to share their latest work.
Sahar Muradi is author of the chapbook [ G A T E S ] and co-editor of One Story, Thirty Stories: An Anthology of Contemporary Afghan American Literature. Recipient of the Stacy Doris Memorial Poetry Award and fellowships from Kundiman and the Asian American Writers’ Workshop, Sahar has an MFA from Brooklyn College and an MPA from NYU. Sahar directs the poetry programs at City Lore and dearly believes in the bottom of the rice pot.
Valerie Hsiung is the author of three full-length poetry collections, most recently e f g (Action Books). Her latest work can be found in Cloud Rodeo, The Fanzine, Flapperhouse, Foundry Journal, Pinwheel, Prelude, Tammy, and Yes Poetry. She has performed at Casa Libre en la Solana, Common Area Maintenance, Leon Gallery, Milk Run, Poetic Research Bureau, Rhizome, and Treefort Music Festival. She serves as an editor for Poor Claudia.
Chase Berggrun is a trans poet. They are the author of R E D, forthcoming from Birds, LLC. Their work has appeared or is forthcoming in the Lambda Literary Spotlight, Pinwheel, PEN Poetry Series, Sixth Finch, Diagram, The Offing, Beloit Poetry Journal, and elsewhere. They received their MFA from New York University. They are poetry editor at Big Lucks.
Jordan C Vaughn is the wildcard reader, presenting a brief lecture on black politicians.