Josephine Yu to read from 2016 poetry collection
Author Josephine Yu will read from her 2016 poetry collection “Prayer Book of the Anxious” when she visits Salve Regina this week. Scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18 in Ochre Court, the reading will be followed by a book signing.
“Prayer Book of the Anxious” received the judge’s prize of the 15th annual Elixir Press Poetry Awards. “These are smart, savvy poems, but they are also humane in the best sense of that word: interested in the human and compassionate to all beings,” wrote contest judge Sarah Kennedy. “Josephine Yu asks the right questions – ‘What animal am I?’ and ‘Ready to go home?’ – and the answers she gives are always those of an anxiety-born attention, not just to the self but to all of humanity.”
Yu’s poems have appeared in journals such as Ploughshares, Southern Review, TriQuarterly and Crab Orchard Review, as well as the anthology “Old Flame: From the First 10 Years of 32 Poems Magazine.” Thrice nominated for a Pushcart Prize, she won the Ploughshares 2013 emerging writers contest, Meridian’s 2010 editor’s prize, the New Letters 2010 poetry award and the New Letters 2010–2011 readers award for poetry.
An Atlanta native, Yu earned her B.A. and MFA from Georgia State University and her Ph.D. from Florida State University. She joined the faculty of Keiser University in 2012.