Come join us for Word is Bond #6! Attendance is FREE but suggested donations will benefit We Count!, a membership-led labor organization of low-wage immigrant workers and families in South Florida. If you have the means, please consider sparing what you’re able. If not, come share space with us anyway. Community starts with listening & seeing, & Word is Bond is honored to build, block by block, a better tomorrow with you, starting today.
Featuring readings from Noor Hindi, Zaina Alsous, Timothy Liu, & Shane McCrae. Co-hosted & co-curated by Stella Wong. Organized in partnership with the Asian American Writers’ Workshop. Design direction by Christopher Lehr. Hosted by Anthony Thomas Lombardi.
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This event will be captioned, and will include ASL Interpretation by Pro Bono ASL.
Noor Hindi (she/her/hers) is a Palestinian-American poet and reporter. She is a 2021 Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellow. Her debut book of poems DEAR GOD. DEAR BONES. DEAR YELLOW. is forthcoming from Haymarket Books in May 2022. Follow her on Twitter @MyNrhindi.
zaina alsous is an organizer and popular educator in Miami and the author of A Theory of Birds (University of Arkansas Press).
Shane McCrae’s most recent books are Sometimes I Never Suffered a finalist for the Maya Angelou Book Award, the T. S. Eliot Prize, and the Rilke Prize, and Cain Named the Animal, both published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. He has received a Lannan Literary Award, a Whiting Writer’s Award, an Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, a Pushcart Prize, and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the New York Foundation for the Arts. He lives in New York City and teaches at Columbia University.
Timothy Liu has taken early retirement after 24 years of teaching. After taking some time off, he will join the faculty at SUNY New Paltz in the fall. He will also be teaching an Asian-American Literature course at Vassar College. What else? He’s just put the icing on his latest confection: UNDER LOCKDOWN AKA TRICKLE-DOWN BEDSIDE BOTTOM-FEEDER BLUES. Liu gives tarot readings at the Omega Institute of Holistic Studies in Rhinebeck and lives year round in Woodstock, NY. www.timothyliu.net
Stella Wong is the author of SPOOKS, winner of the 2020 Saturnalia Books Editors Prize, and AMERICAN ZERO, selected for the 2018 Two Sylvias Press Chapbook Prize by Danez Smith. A graduate of Harvard and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Wong’s poems have appeared in POETRY, Colorado Review, Lana Turner, Bennington Review, the LA Review of Books, and more.
Anthony Thomas Lombardi is a Pushcart-nominated poet, organizer, activist, and educator. He is the founder and director of Word is Bond, a community-centered reading series partnered with AAWW that raises funds for transnational relief efforts and mutual aid organizations, and currently serves as assistant poetry editor for Sundog Lit. A recipient of the Poetry Project’s Emerge-Surface-Be Fellowship, his work has appeared or will soon in Guernica, Gulf Coast, Colorado Review, Denver Quarterly, North American Review, and elsewhere. He lives in Brooklyn with his cat, Dilla.