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Bodies, Borders, & Tongues: Farnaz Fatemi, Lisa Ortiz, & Leonora Simonovis

December 9 @ 7:00 pm 10:00 pm

Farnaz Fatemi, Lisa Ortiz, & Leonora Simonovis will read from their latest collections.

Three poets will read from their latest collections, Sister Tongue (2021 Wick Poetry Prize), Stem (2021 Idaho Prize), and Study of the Raft (2021 Colorado Prize for Poetry).

Farnaz Fatemi, an Iranian American poet, editor & writing teacher, is a founding member of The Hive Poetry Collective in Santa Cruz, CA. Her book, Sister Tongue زبان خواهر, was published in September 2022. It won the 2021 Stan and Tom Wick Poetry Prize, selected by Tracy K. Smith, and received a Starred Review from Publisher’s Weekly. Some of her work appears in Poem-a-Day (, Nowruz Journal, and Tupelo Quarterly and the anthologies Essential Voices: Poetry of Iran and its Diaspora, and Halal If You Hear Me. More at

Lisa Allen Ortiz is the author of two poetry collections: Stem, winner of the 2021 Idaho Prize and Guide to the Exhibit, winner of the 2016 Perugia Press Prize. Her poems have appeared in Beloit Poetry Review, Colorado Review and The Literary Review. She is co-translator with Sara Rivera of The Blinding Star: Selected Poems of Blanca Varela which won the 2022 California Book Award for Poetry in Translation. She is co-founder and chair of the American Listening Project.

Leonora Simonovis is the author of Study of the Raft, winner of the 2021 Colorado Prize for Poetry and Honorable Mention recipient for the 2022 International Latino Book Awards. Her work has appeared in River Mouth Review, Verse Daily, Kweli Journal, Diode Poetry Journal, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, and The Rumpus, among others. She has been the recipient of fellowships from Women Who Submit (WWS), VONA, and the Poetry Foundation. A Venezuelan American poet, Leonora grew up in Caracas, Venezuela and currently lives in San Diego, CA, where she teaches Latin American literature and creative writing in Spanish at the University of San Diego.

This event is Free & In-Person at Beyond Baroque. Masks are required while inside our center.

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