“Sweeter than Wine”: A Poetry Reading and Discussion In-Person / Online
Join the Cambridge Public Library the night before Valentine's Day to celebrate the intersection of poetry and love. We're thrilled to be hosting three renowned poets—Jill McDonough, Rachelle Toarmino, and Tawanda Mulalu—all experts in tracing the contours of love and desire in poetry.
Each poet will read for about twenty minutes and then join the Library's own Program and Events Coordinator, Zachary Bond, in a discussion of love poetry.
This event is hybrid and is co-sponsored by the Cambridge Public Library Foundation.
- Wednesday, February 14, 2024
- 6:00pm - 8:00pm
- Time Zone:
- Eastern Time - US & Canada (change)
- Lecture Hall
- Main Library
Three-time Pushcart prize winner Jill McDonough is the recipient of Lannan, NEA, Cullman Center, and Stegner fellowships. Her most recent book is American Treasure. She teaches in the MFA program at the University of Massachusetts Boston and offers College Reading and Writing in Boston jails.
Rachelle Toarmino is a poet from Niagara Falls, New York. She is the author of the poetry collection That Ex and several chapbooks, most recently Comeback with Foundlings Press. Her poems and essays on poetry have appeared in American Poetry Review, Bennington Review, Electric Literature, Iterant, Literary Hub, Poets.org, The Slowdown, and elsewhere. She earned her MFA in poetry at UMass Amherst, where she received an Academy of American Poets Prize. She is also the founding editor-in-chief of Peach Mag, the poetry editor of Traffic East, and the founder and lead instructor of Beauty School, a new independent poetry school. She lives in Buffalo.
Tawanda Mulalu was born in Gaborone, Botswana, in 1997. His first book, Please make me pretty, I don’t want to die was selected by Susan Stewart for the Princeton Series of Contemporary Poets and is listed as a best poetry book of 2022 by The Boston Globe, The New York Times and The Washington Post. His chapbook Nearness was chosen as the winner of The New Delta Review 2020-21 Chapbook Contest, judged by Brandon Shimoda. Tawanda’s poems appear or are forthcoming in Brittle Paper, Lana Turner, Lolwe, The New England Review, The Paris Review, A Public Space and elsewhere. His writing has been supported by Brooklyn Poets, the Community of Writers, the New York State Summer Writers Institute and Tin House Books. Tawanda has also served as a Ledecky Fellow for Harvard Magazine and as the first Diversity and Inclusion Chair of The Harvard Advocate. He was recently awarded The Denver Quarterly’s 2022 Bin Ramke Prize for Poetry.