POETRY: Born This Way - readings by Vidhu Aggarwal, Susan Lilley and Yolanda J. Franklin. .

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Three award-winning poets who invoke regional, national, and global accents and flux! This event is presented in partnership with Professor Julian Chambliss of  Rollins College.



Yolanda J. Franklin’s work has appeared in journals such as Sugarhouse Review, the upcoming issue of SPECS, and The Hoot & Howl of the Owl Anthology of Hurston Wright Writers’ Week.  Her most recent awards include a nomination for a 2012 Pushcart Poetry Prize, several scholarships to write and study, including a summer at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Indiana Writer’s Week, and Colrain Poetry Manuscript Workshop.  Her collection of poems, “Southern Pout,” was a finalist for the 2011 Crab Orchard Series in Poetry Award.  

Susan Lilley’s work has recently appeared or is forthcoming in Poet Lore, The Southern Review, Drunken Boat, Sweet, Passager, New Madrid, The Florida Review, and other journals.  She is the 2009 winner of the Rita Dove Poetry Award and a recipient of a Florida Individual Artist fellowship.  She is a Pushcart Prize finalist and in 2006 her chapbook, Night Windows, won the Yellow Jacket Press contest for Florida poets.  She teaches at Trinity Preparatory School and is an adjunct professor at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida.   

Vidhu Aggarwal’s poems have recently appeared in Nimrod, Juked, Harper Palate, and Norton’s Contemporary Voices from the East. These works come from her manuscript Playback Singer, a riff on the Bollywood film industry, US-American silent film, and karaoke. Her poems have twice been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She is the founding editor of specs, a journal of arts and culture.