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Poetry Event with Malcolm Friend, Olatunde Osinaike, and Tatiana Figueroa Ramirez

We at Loyalty are thrilled to welcome these esteemed poets. Each poet will have time to read their work along with a brief Q&A and conversation.

Olatunde Osinaike is a Nigerian-American poet and software developer originally from the West Side of Chicago. He is the author of the chapbooks Speech Therapy, winner of the 2019 TAR Chapbook Series (forthcoming) and The New Knew (Thirty West). A Best of the Net, Bettering American Poetry, and Pushcart Prize nominee, his most recent work has appeared, or is forthcoming, in publications such as Prelude, Puerto del Sol, Southeast Review, Winter Tangerine, and the Columbia Poetry Review, as well as in the anthologies Best New Poets, 20.35 Africa, and New Poetry from the Midwest. He is currently on poetry staff at The Adroit Journal and an incoming MSIS candidate at Johns Hopkins University.

Born in Puerto Rico and raised in the mainland United States, Tatiana Figueroa Ramirez graduated with a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) and is a VONA Voices Alumna, having worked with award winning poets Willie Perdomo and Danez Smith. Tatiana currently performs, teaches poetry workshops, and hosts events in the greater Washington DC area, having previously done so in New York, Philadelphia, Miami, Puerto Rico, and the Dominican Republic at venues including New York University, The Kennedy Center, and The Howard Theatre. You can read her work in The Acentos Review, Here Comes Everyone, and Queen Mob’s Teahouse, among other publications, or visit her website www.sincerelytatiana.com.

Malcolm Friend is a poet originally from the Rainier Beach neighborhood of Seattle, Washington. He received his BA from Vanderbilt University, and his MFA from the University of Pittsburgh. He is the author of the chapbook mxd kd mixtape (Glass Poetry, 2017) and the full length collection Our Bruises Kept Singing Purple (Inlandia Books, 2018), selected by Cynthia Arrieu-King as winner of the 2017 Hillary Gravendyk Prize. Together with JR Mahung he is a member of Black Plantains, an Afrocaribbean poetry collective.

This event is free and open to the public, but you can RSVP below!

Event date: 
Thursday, September 5, 2019 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
827 Upshur Street NW
Washington, DC 20011