Alumni Poetry Reading

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Join Saltonstall alums Javier Zamora (’15) and Monica Sok (’16) for readings from their debut publications, Unaccompanied (published by Copper Canyon Press in September), and Year Zero (2015).



Javier was recently featured in the New Yorker: An Immigrant Who Crossed the Border as a Child Retraces His Journey, in Poems




Javier Zamora was born in La Herradura, El Salvador in 1990. His father fled El Salvador when he was a year old; and his mother when he was about to turn five. Both parents’ migrations were caused by the US-funded Salvadoran Civil War (1980-1992).


In 1999, Javier migrated through Guatemala, Mexico, and eventually the Sonoran Desert. Before a coyote abandoned his group in Oaxaca, Javier managed to make it to Arizona with the aid of other migrants. His book Unaccompanied (Copper Canyon Press, Fall 2017), explores how immigration and the civil war have impacted his family.


Zamora is a 2016-2018 Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University and is a 2016 Ruth Lilly/Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellow. He holds fellowships from CantoMundo, Colgate University (Olive B. O’Connor), MacDowell, Macondo, the National Endowment for the Arts, and Yaddo. In 2016, Barnes and Noble granted him the Writers for Writers Award for his work in the Undocupoets Campaign.

He currently lives in San Rafael, CA.



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Monica Sok is the author of Year Zero, selected by Marilyn Chin for the 2015 Poetry Society of America Chapbook Fellowship.


Her poems appear in Narrative, The New Republic, The Offing, and TriQuarterly Review, among others.


Her honors include fellowships and grants from the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund, Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Elizabeth George Foundation, Hedgebrook, Kundiman, MacDowell Colony, and others.


She is the 2016-2018 Stadler Fellow at Bucknell University.

Reading Time & Location

Date: Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Time: 5:30 – 7:00 pm

Location: Buffalo Street Books in downtown Ithaca


The bookstore is located one block from the Commons in the DeWitt Mall (same building as the Moosewood Restaurant!) The main entrance is on Buffalo Street, next door to Greenstar Oasis, and across the street from DeWitt Park. (See map below)