Reading by Threa Almontaser (Poetry), winner of the 2021 Maya Angelou Book Award

Traditions Plaza

From Threa Almontaser's official website:

Threa Almontaser is a multidisciplinary artist and critically acclaimed author of the National Book Award honored collection, The Wild Fox of Yemen. Her work has been supported by National Endowment for The Arts, the Fulbright Program, and the Rosati Visiting Writer Program at Duke. She holds a Master of Fine Arts and a TESOL certification from North Carolina State University. An editor for Tinderbox Poetry Journal and a juror for both the Pen America Writing for Justice Fellowship and the Scholastic Arts and Writing Awards, she focuses primarily on promoting the creative arts.

She currently teaches English to immigrants and refugees in her area. When not storytelling or coming up with conspiracy theories, she attends comic conventions, trains her koi to do tricks, and keeps an eye out for pretty rocks. She believes writing should not only entertain, but provoke, and can be found most likely sitting hunched over her desk thinking obsessively about the placement of commas.