Members of the Phillips Exeter Academy community are invited to join us for a reading by Willie Perdomo, Instructor in English, in celebration of his new book The Crazy Bunch. The reading will take place on Tuesday April 9th from 7:00 – 8:00 pm in the Library Commons.
Perdomo is author of The Essential Hits of Shorty Bon Bon (2014), a National Book Critics Circle Award (Poetry) finalist and International Latino Book Award winner; Smoking Lovely (2004), winner of the PEN/Open Book Award; and Where a Nickel Costs a Dime (1996), a finalist for the Poetry Society of America Norma Farber First Book Award. Perdomo is also the author of two children’s books Clemente! (2010), winner of the Americas Award for children’s and young adult literature, and Visiting Langston (2005), a Coretta Scott honor book.
Perdomo has received fellowships from Columbia University, Lucas Artists Program, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and the New York Foundation for the Arts. His work has appeared in numerous publications including The New York Times Magazine, Poetry, The Yale Review, The Common, Bomb, and African Voices.
“Whether we’re talking Puerto Rico or the US, the Poetry Society of America or the corner of 123rd Street and Lexington Avenue, there is no poet alive who can match the lyrical intelligence, ferocious wit and searching humanity of Willie Perdomo. Perdomo is the hurricane we all write home about.” — Junot Díaz, winner of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize in Fiction.