The College of Staten Island Schwerner Writers Series presents Diana Goetsch and Rachel McKibbens on Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016 in the Library Faculty Center Lounge (Building 1L, Room 203) from 2:30pm to 4:00pm.  

Diana Goetsch is the author (as Douglas Goetsch) of three full-length collections of poems—most recently Nameless Boy (Orchises Press, 2015)—and four prizewinning chapbooks. Her poems have appeared in The New Yorker, Poetry, The Gettysburg Review, The Southern Review, and Best American Poetry. From 2015-2016 she wrote “Life in Transition,” a weekly column appearing at The American Scholar online. Among her honors are fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Donald Murray Prize, and a Pushcart Prize. She resides in New York City.

Rachel McKibbens is a two-time New York Foundation for the Arts poetry fellow and author of the full-length poetry collections, Pink Elephant and Into the Dark & Emptying Field, a finalist for the Paterson Poetry Prize, as well as the chapbook MAMMOTH. In 2012, McKibbens founded the Pink Door Women’s Writing Retreat, a writing retreat exclusively for women of color. For four years McKibbens taught poetry through Urban Word NYC and The Healing Arts Program at Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan and continues to teach poetry and present lectures across the country as an advocate for mental health awareness, gender-equality, and victims of violence and sexual abuse. She lives with her family in upstate New York, where she co-curates the acclaimed reading series Poetry & Pie Night.