Patrick Rosal to Read Poetry at The Jenny McKean Moore Reading Series

The Jenny McKean Moore Reading Series Presents: 

The Poetry Patrick Rosal

Thursday, October 20th

 7:30 PM 

Gelman Library Room 702

Join the GW English department for our latest edition of the Jenny McKean Moore Reading Series featuring Patrick Rosal, the author of 4 full-length poetry collections  :

Brooklyn Antediluvian (2016)

Boneshepherds (2011)

My American Kundiman (2006)

Uprock Headspin Scramble and Dive (2003)

His work has won an impressive array of awards, including the Association of Asian American Studies Book Award, Global Filipino Literary Award and the Asian American Writers Workshop Members’ Choice Award, the annual Allen Ginsberg Awards, the James Hearst Poetry Prize, the Arts and Letters Prize, Best of the Net, among others. Publishers Weekly called his latest work, Brooklyn Antediluvian, “…an earth shattering performance.”


Patrick Rosal was awarded a 2009 Fulbright Fellowship to the Philippines, and is the co-founder/editor of Some Call It Ballin’, a literary sports magazine. He currently is on the faculty of Rutgers University-Camden’s MFA program. 

His poems and essays have been published widely in journals and anthologies including The New York TimesTin HouseDrunken BoatPoetryNew England ReviewAmerican Poetry ReviewHarvard ReviewGrantlandBrevityBreakbeat Poets, and The Best American Poetry.

Praise for Brooklyn Antediluvian:

The poet’s wide-aloud love song to New York’s most boisterous borough is a deftly-crafted tour-de-force, a sleek melding of lyric and unflinching light. These poems are restless and unnerving, stanzas that do difficult, necessary work.”  

— Patricia Smith, author of Shoulda Been Jimi Savannah and four-time National Slam Champion 

“Rosal’s vividly syncretic, even sexy works find the present haunted by the recent past, the personal within the political.”
Publisher’s Weekly 

“Rosal is a second-generation Filipino whose heritage is a rich part of his work, but he is also an all-American urban kid…[with] the boastful beat of hipp-hop…playing in the back of his head…In Rosal’s world, beauty and pleasure are contagious. So is the charm of his poetry.”
—Time Out New York 

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