The 2017-2018 Jenny McKean Moore recipient, Sally Wen Mao, will be reading from her latest book, Mad Honey Symposium, on September 14th in Gelman Library (Room 702) at 7:30 pm.
National Book Award Winner Terrance Hayes says of Mao’s debut: “The luminous image of a mouth ‘digesting light’ and later spitting ‘the light out because it sears you‘ underscores the ways Sally Wen Mao transforms sense (and sentence) into sensation. Like Sylvia Plath’s poems, these visionary poems are not only astute records of experience, they are themselves dazzling, verbal experiences. Worldly, wily, wise: Mad Honey Symposium is an extraordinary debut.”
As the Jenny McKean Moore Writer-in-Washington, Sally will lead the community poetry classes that take place in the fall and spring. She was also the recipient of the 2016-2017 Cullman Center Fellow at the New York Public Library. Her second book, Oculus, is forthcoming from Graywolf Press in 2019.
We welcome Sally to our GW community and can’t wait for what we know will be a thrilling reading!