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The Ivy is thrilled to welcome Mirande Bissell and Maya Ribault for a reading from and discussion about their respective collections, Stalin at the Opera, and Hôtel de la Providence. This event will be hosted in-person on our back patio.
Mirande Bissell's debut poetry collection, Stalin at the Opera, was selected by Pulitzer-finalist Diane Seuss as the winner of the 2020 Ghost Peach Press poetry prize. Seuss described the collection as "painful, original, magnificent." Bissell's poems have appeared in journals including Mississippi Review, Bellingham Review, Little Patuxent Review, and others. Her poem "The Mammoth Steppe" won first prize in the 2019 Stone River Poetry Review contest. Contest judge Rachel Webster wrote of the poem, "The Mammoth Steppe' is about this resilience, especially the resilience of the speaker, the human. We can trace such resilience in what these stanzas refuse to turn away from, and in the long view of time they take. It is refreshing and restorative to read a poem this ambitious, beautiful, and whole unto itself. I will not forget it." The poet lives in Ellicott City, Maryland.
Maya Ribault, a French-American poet, is a graduate of the Bennington Writing Seminars. She has also found support for her poetry through Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, New York State Summer Writers Institute, and a Virginia Center for the Creative Arts residency. Her poems, including a translation, have appeared in Agni, Bloodroot, Cloudbank, North American Review, Speak, The New Yorker, and The Southampton Review Online. Her chapbook, Hôtel de la Providence, was released by Finishing Line Press in 2020. She was the 2020–2021 writer in residence at St. Albans in Washington, DC.
TIME & DATE
Thursday, September 30, 2021 - 6:00pm