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Poets Live – February 21st: Pansy Maurer-Alvarez, Deborah Bogen and Kerrie O’Brien

Poets Live on Tuesday 21st February at 19h downstairs at Carr’s Pub, 1 rue de Mont-Thabor, 75001 Paris. Metro Tuileries. Admission free.

Deborah Bogen’s two prize-winning full-length collections are “Let Me Open You a Swan” and “Landscape with Silos.” Her poems and reviews appear wiidely in magazines like New Letters, Ploughshares, The Gettysburg Review and Crazyhorse. She’s someone who started late, got lucky and intends to write to the end. She lives in Pittsburgh PA and just finished her first novel, a YA book called “The Wych of Lepyr Cove.”

Pansy Maurer-Alvarez was born in Puerto Rico, grew up in Pennsylvania and has lived in Europe since 1973. She started writing poetry in her teens. She did her literary studies at universities in the US, Spain and later in Switzerland, where she worked for a time as a teacher and translator. She began writing full time and publishing widely, aſter moving to Paris and studying with Alice Notley, some 20 years ago. Her poetry has appeared in several anthologies and numerous magazines throughout Europe and the States and some of her poems have been translated into French, German and Spanish. She has read at many venues in France, the UK and the US and has lead workshops in the UK. Her collections are: Dolores: The Alpine Years and When the Body Says It’s Leaving (both from Hanging Loose Press, Brooklyn); Lovers Eternally Nearing, a limited edition, fine press collaboration with the Swiss artist Walter Ehrismann, with German translations by Rudolf Bähler (Editions Thomas Howeg, Zurich) and just out from corrupt press, Paris, Ant-Small and Amorous, with French translations by Anne Talvaz. Pansy is a Contributing Editor for the British magazine Tears in the Fence; she lives in Paris mainly and Zurich sometimes and she makes one-of-a-kind bead jewelry (to sell).

Kerrie O’Brien has been published in various Irish and UK literary journals including Southword, Orbis, two issues of Crannóg, Revival, Icarus, The Cathach, College Green, Ropes, Daydreamer, Wordlegs, Minus 9 Squared, The First Cut, Boyne Berries, Stony Thursday, The Poetry Bus, Outburst and Burning Bush II and Raſt Magazine. She will also have poems appearing in the forthcoming edition of Five Poetry Journal. Her poem Blossoms has been chosen as the winning entry in the Emerging Talent category of the 2011 Yeats Poetry Competition. She has also been highly commended for the Over the Edge New Writer of The Year Competition 2011. She was recently featured poet in The First Cut. Her new poetry book Out of the Blueness is now available for purchase.

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