Intimate evening with two prize-winning poets


Jennifer Tseng and Fanny Howe, two prize-winning poets from West Tisbury, will headline the Speakeasy Series of author talks at 5:30 pm on Wednesday, Jan. 4.

State Road Restaurant, in collaboration with the West Tisbury Library Foundation, Inc., is presenting this series of intimate evenings with noted authors to benefit the library’s capital campaign. In addition to hors d’oeuvres and light refreshments, the Speakeasys offer an unparalleled chance to mingle and speak with an author in person.

Jennifer Tseng has been the Writer-in-Residence at Hampshire College, a Visiting Writer at Colorado College, and has taught Asian American Studies at UCLA. Her book, “The Man With My Face,” was winner of the Asian American Writers’ Workshop’s National Poetry Manuscript Competition and a 2006 PEN American Center Beyond Margins Award. Jennifer works at the West Tisbury Library and serves as Poetry Editor for Martha’s Vineyard Arts & Ideas.

Fanny Howe has received many awards, two National Endowment for the Arts, the Lenore Marshall Award, a Guggenheim, a California Commonwealth Award, and the Ruth Lilly Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Poetry Foundation. She has written several novels, young adult fiction, essays and poetry. Her most recent collections are The Winter Sun and Come and See, both from Graywolf Press. She teaches at Georgetown in DC.

All Speakeasy events begin at 5:30 pm and will be held at State Road Restaurant, 688 State Road, West Tisbury. Hors d’oeuvres and light refreshments will be served. The price per ticket is $125 per person. Space is limited, so early booking is advised. Call Carol Brush, 508-693-3489.