Athens, Ga. – On Thursday, February 20th, The Georgia Review will host an evening of poetry and fiction, featuring Carmen Giménez Smith and Tiphanie Yanique. Open to the public free of charge, this event will take place in the Ciné Lab at 6:00 p.m., with a book signing to follow. Copies of the poets’ books and The Georgia Review will be available for purchase.
Carmen Giménez Smith’s most recent book, Be Recorder (Graywolf, 2019), was a finalist for the National Book Award in Poetry. Her previous books include the poetry collections Odalisque in Pieces (University of Arizona Press, 2009) and Goodbye, Flicker (University of Massachusetts Press, 2012), winner of the Juniper Prize for Poetry; as well as the memoir Bring Down the Little Birds: On Mothering, Art, Work, and Everything Else (University of Arizona Press, 2010). Her 2013 collection Milk and Filth (University of Arizona Press) was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Cruel Futures (2018) is a volume in the City Lights Spotlight Series. She co-edited Angels of the Americlypse: New Latin@ Writing, an anthology of contemporary Latinx writing (Counterpath Press, 2014. Born in New York, Giménez Smith is the daughter of South American immigrants. A fellow and now co-director of the literary organization CantoMundo, she earned a BA in English from San Jose State University and an MFA in creative writing from the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Giménez Smith also serves as the publisher of Noemi Press, which has published over forty full-length collections of poetry and fiction, and is an editor of The Nation’s poetry section. She is a professor of English at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, Virginia. Her poem “Flat Earth Dream Soliloquy” appeared in the Fall/Winter 2018 issue of The Georgia Review.
Tiphanie Yanique is the author of the novel Land of Love and Drowning (Riverhead, 2014), which was chosen as a Best Book of 2014 by NPR and winner of the Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Award from the Center for Fiction, the Phillis Wheatley Award for Pan-African Literature, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters Rosenthal Family Foundation Award; her debut collection of stories, How to Escape from a Leper Colony (Graywolf, 2010), won her a listing as one of the National Book Foundation’s 5 Under 35. Yanique’s poetry collection Wife won the 2016 Bocas Prize in Caribbean poetry and the United Kingdom’s 2016 Forward/Felix Dennis Prize for a First Collection. Other honors include the Bocas Award for Caribbean Fiction, the Boston Review Prize in Fiction, a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers Award, a Pushcart Prize, a Fulbright Scholarship, and an Academy of American Poets Prize. She has been listed by the Boston Globe as one of the sixteen “cultural figures to watch out for,” and her writing has been published in The New Yorker, the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, American Short Fiction, and elsewhere. Yanique is from the Virgin Islands and is an associate professor of English and Creative Writing at Emory University. Her story “The Special World” appears in the Winter 2019 issue of The Georgia Review.
Ciné, which defines itself as “the only independently operated, mission driven, non-profit, community-based art house movie theatre in the region,” is located at 234 West Hancock Avenue, Athens. In addition to its theaters and event space, Ciné also offers a full bar.