May 21, 2014


Eventbrite - 5/21/2014 Zack Rogow & Sarah Kay

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Curator’s comment from Taylor Mali:
Sarah Kay was once my protégé, then she very briefly became my colleague, and now she is my mentor! She doesn’t quite agree with this assessment, but it’s true; when she was a teen, we used to meet for tea to discuss poetry, but now my students only think I’m cool because I know her. Her poetry, like her soul, is generous. She is a devout optimist, and that’s part of why the world loves her. But what you may not have noticed is how forgiving she is in her work of men. Her poems about her father and brother show a genuine sympathy for the masculine that I always wonder whether they deserve. It will be fascinating to see how this plays out with Zack Rogow, especially since his most recent book is largely an illumination of his mother. Rogow will be in town to watch his daughter graduate from NYU. He is an extremely accomplished poet, and Page Meets Stage is lucky to have him. This pairing is unquestionably of the APPLES & ORANGES kind, the kind that are sometimes called “I wonder what would happen if . . .” Magic? Fireworks? Fistfight? You have to attend to find out. Join us!

Zack Rogow is the author, editor, or translator of twenty books or plays. His seventh book of poems, My Mother and the Ceiling Dancers, was published by Kattywompus Press in 2012. His other poetry collections include the chapbook Voices Carved from Obsidian (Deconstructed Artichoke Press, 2013); The Number Before Infinity (Scarlet Tanager Books, 2008); and Greatest Hits: 1979–2001 (Pudding House Publications, 2002). He edited an anthology of U.S. poetry and the accompanying CD, The Face of Poetry, published by University of California Press. Poems of his have appeared in a range of magazines, from the American Poetry Review to Zyzzyva. His work has been featured in anthologies, including In a Fine Frenzy: Poets Respond to Shakespeare from University of Iowa Press. He has written three plays, including La Vie en Noir: The Art and Life of Leopold Sedar Senghor, given a staged reading by the Lorraine Hansberry Theatre in San Francisco in 2007; and Things I Didn’t Know I Loved, about the Turkish poet Nazim Hikmet, given a staged reading by Caffeine Theatre of Chicago at the AWP conference in 2012. His blog, Advice for Writers, is located at

Sarah Kay is a poet from New York City who has been performing her spoken word poetry since she was fourteen years old. She was a featured poet on HBO’s “Russell Simmons presents Def Poetry Jam” in 2006, and that year she was also the youngest poet to compete in the National Poetry Slam. She is perhaps best known for her talk at the 2011 TED conference, which garnered two standing ovations and has been seen over three million times online. Sarah holds a Masters Degree in The Art of Teaching from Brown University and an Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters from Grinnell College. Her first book, “B” was ranked #1 Poetry Book on Amazon. Her second book, “No Matter the Wreckage” is available from Write Bloody Publishing. Other poems and articles have been published in Pear Noir!, the Literary Bohemian, DecomP, Damselfly Press, Union Station Magazine, Foundling Review, the Huffington Post,, among others.  Sarah is the founder of Project VOICE, an organization that uses spoken word poetry to encourage people to engage in creative self-expression in schools and communities around the world. For more,


Eventbrite - 5/21/2014 Zack Rogow & Sarah Kay

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