The Sixth Annual Alumni Poetry Reading Series featuring Michelle Dominique Burk ’16, Dai George ‘ten, Carlie Hoffman ’16, and Ricardo Alberto Maldonado ’08.
Organized by Timothy DonnellyIn writing.
Michelle-Dominique Burkthe first collection of ’16, No crying in the garden, was recently published by Barnes & Noble Press. She received her MFA from Columbia University in 2016 and her Ph.D. from the University of Houston Literature and Creative Writing program in 2020. A finalist for the 2021 Houston Poet Laureate, she is a recipient of the award Excellence in Teaching 2019 from the University of Houston and a Narrative magazine Winner “30 below”. Currently teaching English and Advanced Creative Writing at The Field School in Washington DC, she also works on a socio-cultural archive project called Gentle Blackness Project, which seeks to capture and showcase the beauty, grace and excellence of African Americans. the story.
Dai George ’10 is a poet, novelist and critic from Cardiff, now living in London. He received his MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia in 2010. His first collection of poetry, The complaints officewas a evening standard book of the year and its second, titled king of karaokewas published by Seren in June 2021. His work has been widely published in magazines and anthologies including poetry review, Poetry Wales, The white magazineand The Islands Are Just Mountains: New Poetry from the UK. He works as a reviews editor for Poetry Londonand his first novel, The counterplotis available as an audible original.
Carlie Hoffmanit’s ’16 first collection of poetry, This Alaska, was published by Four Way Books this fall. Her second collection is due out next year. Poet and translator, her work has appeared in Kenyon Review, Los Angeles Review of Books Quarterly, Jewish Currents, Gulf Coast, Boston Review, New England Review, and elsewhere. His honors include a 92Y Discovery Poetry Prize and a Poets and writers Amy Price. Lecturer in Creative Writing at Purchase College-SUNY and Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Little Orange Diaryshe earned her MFA in 2016 from Columbia University’s School of the Arts, where she received a Creative Writing Teaching Fellowship, a Philip Guston Writing Fellowship, and served as an editor in chief of poetry Columbia: A Journal of Literature and Art.
Ricardo Alberto Maldonado ’08 was born and raised in Puerto Rico. Published by Four Way Books last year, her first collection of poems, The mission of life, was a finalist for the Poetry Society of America’s Norma Farber First Book Award and was featured in Remezcla’s Best Books by Latin or Latin American Authors. Maldonado is also co-editor of the bilingual anthology Puerto Rico in mi corazón and the translator of the collection of Dinapera Di Donato Collateral / Collateral. He is currently working on Puerto Rican Literature Projectan online archive of Puerto Rican poets funded by the Mellon Foundation and the University of Houston’s USLDH, and is executive director of the 92nd Street Y Unterberg Poetry Center.