Abstract Poet, Author Visits Pomona

Anna Moschovakis, an award-winning author, poet, translator and editor, read from her recently published poetry collection They and We Will Get Into Trouble for This as well as other work on Monday, Sept. 19 at Pomona College. Moschovakis is known for her boundary-crossing, linguistically slippery abstract poetry, which earned her the James Laughlin Award in 2005. She’s recieved grants from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Fund for Poetry, and the Edward F. Ablee Foundation.

“What makes her an indispensable writer is how she is able—and through her we are able—to experience questions of logical and linguistic relation as intensely lived,” wrote Ben Lerner in a review of They and We Will Get Into Trouble. “It has expanded my sense of how I, you, they, we might address one another in the present tense of art.”

In addition to poetry collections, she has published several chapbooks and translations. She’s also a longstanding member of Ugly Duckling Presse, where she edits poetry and translations in the Dossier Series, an experimental program she founded in 2008. 

“Dossier publications don’t share a single genre or form—poetry, essay, criticism, interview, artist book, polemical text—but an investigative impulse, broadly conceived,” according to the press’s website.

Moschovakis was invited to the college as the latest installment of Pomona’s literary series, which continues on Wednesday, Nov. 9, with National Book Award finalist Christopher Sorrentino.

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