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From “Circus Fire, 1944” By Gabrielle Calvocoressi

Calvocoressi reads from her poem cycle "Circus Fire, 1944," based on the historic Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus Fire in Hartford, Connecticut.

Original art depicting the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus logo.

Gabrielle Calvocoressi is a poet and essayist whose most recent book, Apocalyptic Swing, was a finalist for The Los Angeles Times Book Award. She has received awards and fellowships from, among others, The Stegner Program at Stanford University, TheRona Jaffe Foundation and The Paris Review. She has held residencies at Civitella di Ranieri and in Marfa, TX through the Lannan Foundation.

Calvocoressi’s poems have been featured in the Washington Post, on Garrison Keillor’s Writer’s Almanac and are forthcoming in The Boston Review and The New York Times. She writes the Sports Desk column for The Best American Poetry blog and is on the advisory board of The Rumpus’ Poetry Book Club. She is the Poetry Editor for The Los Angeles Review of Books.

In the fall of 2013 she will join the creative writing faculty in the renowned English Department at The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She will divide her time between North Carolina and Los Angeles.

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