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Cruel April 2020 Kicks Off with a Livestream Reading by Natalie Scenters-Zapico on April 2
Point of Contact will once again host nationally and internationally celebrated poets for this year’s Cruel April Reading Series, which will be held Thursdays in April at 6 p.m. In response to the rapidly developing situation surrounding COVID-19, Point of Contact will kick off the series with a livestream reading on its Facebook page by Natalie Scenters-Zapico on Thursday, April 2.
The annual series, held in celebration of National Poetry Month, also marks the release of the 13th annual poetry journal, “Corresponding Voices,” which features the work of this year’s readers—Scenters-Zapico, Raquel Salas Rivera, Ana Merino, Aurora Luque and Erika Martínez.
Scenters-Zapico is from the sister cities of El Paso, Texas, and Cd. Juárez, Chihuahua, Mexico. Her first book, “The Verging Cities” (Center for Literary Publishing 2015) won the PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award, Great Lakes Colleges Association’s New Writers Award, NACCS Foco Book Prize and Utah Book Award, and was featured in Poets and Writers, LitHub and the Los Angeles Times. Her second collection, “Lima :: Limón” (Copper Canyon Press, May 2019), has received critical acclaim from The New Yorker, Publisher’s Weekly, The New York Times, The Washington Post and more.
Her poems have appeared in a wide range of anthologies and literary magazines, including Best American Poetry 2015, POETRY, Tin House, Kenyon Review and more. Currently, she holds fellowships with the Lannan Foundation and CantoMundo. Scenters-Zapico is currently a poet in residence at the University of Puget Sound and a recipient of the 2018 Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation.
The Cruel April series is possible thanks to the support of the College of Arts and Sciences, the Coalition of Museum and Art Centers and the Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics at Syracuse University, the New York State Council on the Arts and CNY ARTS.