Meetinghouse: Poetry Reading on February 24

Meetinghouse is excited to host a virtual reading and conversation with three poets from our inaugural issue, Hala Alyan, Andrea Cohen, and Eileen Townsend. Please join us for a poetry reading on February 24, 2021 from 5-6 pm followed by a discussion on the writing life during the pandemic, finding writing community, and the future of literary journals.

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About the readers:

 Hala Alyan is the author of the novel Salt Houses, winner of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize and the Arab American Book Award and a finalist for the Chautauqua Prize, as well as the forthcoming novel The Arsonists' City, and four award-winning collections of poetry, most recently The Twenty-Ninth Year. Her work has been published by the New Yorker, the Academy of American Poets, Lit HubThe New York Times Book Review, and Guernica. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband, where she works as a clinical psychologist.

Andrea Cohen's poems and stories have appeared in The New Yorker, Poetry, The Threepenny ReviewThe Atlantic Monthly, The New Republic, Glimmer TrainThe Hudson Review, etc. A new book of poems, Everything, will be published by Four Way Books in 2021. Other collections include Nightshade (Four Way, 2019). Unfathoming (Four Way, 2017),  Furs Not Mine (Four Way, 2015), Kentucky Derby (Salmon Poetry, 2011), Long Division (Salmon Poetry, 2009), and The Cartographer's Vacation (Owl Creek Press, 1999). Cohen has received a PEN Discovery Award, Glimmer Train's Short Fiction Award, and several fellowships at The MacDowell Colony. She directs the Blacksmith House Poetry Series in Cambridge, MA.

Eileen Townsend is the Editor-in-Chief of The Northern Logger Magazine, a trade magazine for the forest products industry based in the Adirondack Mountains of New York. She has written about culture and business for The New York Times, The Paris Review, New York Magazine, The Village Voice, Atlas Obscura, and other publications, and graduated with her MA from Columbia University in the City of New York's Journalism School in 2017.