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Rachel Edelman at Crosstown

A Reading of Poetry by Rachel Edelman From the Newly Published Dear Memphis
TI-Crosstown Suite 457 | Saturday, April 13 | 6:30 PM

‘What do I know about exile?’ asks the speaker in DEAR MEMPHIS, embedded in the colliding migrations and intimate economies of the American South. Offering a direct address to the city where the poet grew up, this collection explores questions of generation amidst the displacement and belonging of a Jewish family in Memphis, Tennessee. These poems sing with their attention to the particular body and what it cannot carry, what it cannot put down. Through letters, city documents, visual art, and dialogue, Dear Memphis excavates ancestry, inheritance, and the ecological possibility of imagining a future.

About the Author
Rachel Edelman is a Jewish poet raised in Memphis, Tennessee, who writes into diasporic living. Her poems have appeared in Narrative, The Seventh Wave, The Threepenny Review, West Branch, and many other journals. They have received material support from the City of Seattle’s Office of Arts & Culture, the Academy of American Poets, Mineral School, Crosstown Arts, and Tin House. Edelman earned a BA in English and geology from Amherst College and an MFA in poetry from the University of Washington. She teaches Language Arts in the Seattle Public Schools. DEAR MEMPHIS is Edelman’s first book.

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