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Poets Allison Cobb and Arisa White

What if we told you two poets who put out two of our favorite books of 2016 were gonna read together?! Would you be like, "Oh, sweet, Allison Cobb and Arisa White must be reading at Wolfman." Would you be like, "I'm down." Would you be like, "That reading is gonna be so good!" Cause you should, be like, that. And, there may be special guests... 

Allison Cobb is the author of After We All Died (Ahsahta Press); Green-Wood(Factory School); Plastic: an autobiography (Essay Press EP series); and Born2(Chax Press). The poet Carolyn Forché calls After We All Died “inventive, visionary, hard-thought, and impossible to put down.”

Cobb works for the Environmental Defense Fund and lives in Portland, Oregon, where she co-curates The Switch reading, art, and performance series.

Cobb’s work combines historical and scientific research, essay, and poetry to address issues of landscape, politics, and ecology. She was a 2015 finalist for the National Poetry Series; a 2015 Djerassi Resident Artist; a 2014 Playa Resident Artist; received a 2011 Individual Artist Fellowship award from the Oregon Arts Commission; and was a 2009 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow.

Cave Canem graduate fellow Arisa White received her MFA from UMass, Amherst, and is the author of Black Pearl, Post Pardon, Hurrah’s Nest, and A Penny Saved. Her recent collection, You’re the Most Beautiful Thing that Happened, was a nominee for the 29th Lambda Literary Award. “Fish Walking” and Other Bedtime Stories for My Wife was a winner of Daniel Handler’s inaugural Per Diem Poetry Prize. She teaches in the low-residency BFA program at Goddard College and is a member of the board of directors for Nomadic Press. Arisa is the creator of the Beautiful Things Project, which is a series of poetic collaborations with QPOC artists, community organizations, and businesses that spotlight the narratives and experiences of queer people of color. arisawhite.com