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Riverfront Readings: Michelle Boisseau and Chun Ye

Reading with Michele Boisseau and Chun Ye. l Music by Gib Shell.

Michelle Boisseau teaches in the MFA program at the University of Missouri-Kansas City where she is Senior Editor of BkMk Press and Contributing Editor of New Letters. She won the Tampa Review Prize for her fifth book of poems, Among the Gorgons, published by Tampa Review press in 2016. Her A Sunday in God Years, Arkansas 2009, in part examines her paternal ancestors' slave-holding past in Virginia, into the 17th century. Trembling Air was a PEN USA finalist, University of Arkansas Press, 2003; she's also published Understory, the Morse Prize, Northeastern Press, 1996, and No Private Life, Vanderbilt, 1990. Her textbook, Writing Poems (Longman), is now in its 8th edition, with her colleague Hadara Bar-Nadav. Boisseau has twice been awarded fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Chun Ye is the author of two books of poetry, Lantern Puzzle (Tupelo Press, 2015), winner of the Berkshire Prize, and Travel over Water (Bitter Oleander Press, 2005). She has also published a novel in Chinese, Peach Tree in the Sea, People's Literature Publishing House, 2011, and a book of translations, Ripened Wheat: Selected Poems of Hai Zi (Bitter Oleander Press, 2015). A recipient of an NEA fellowship, she the poetry editor of The Missouri Review and will be joining the faculty of Providence College in fall, 2016.

The Riverfront Readings series of poetry and fiction readings was started in Kansas City, Missouri in 1986 by Philip Miller and Donn Blevins. In those days, the location actually was in the Riverfront area, in the Kansas City Artists Coalition space. Now they are held at The Writers Place and in other Kansas City area locations. More information here.