Join poet Michael Robbins, author of the acclaimed ALIEN VS. PREDATOR to launch his latest collection, THE SECOND SEX. “Reading Mr. Robbins's best stuff makes you feel something new is being flogged into existence,” writes Dwight Garner, “He has a sky-blue originality of utterance." We are also delighted to welcome Dorothea Lasky, who will be reading from her new collection, ROME, which as Maggie Nelson writes, does not “succumb to milquetoast notions of poetic longing or melancholy,” but explores with urgency “the vibrating, bloody facts of sadness, anger, desire, bare life.”Michael Robbins is the author of Alien vs. Predator (Penguin, 2012) and The Second Sex (Penguin, 2014). His poems have appeared in the New Yorker, Poetry, Harper's, Boston Review, and elsewhere; his critical work in Harper's, London Review of Books, The New York Observer, the Chicago Tribune, Spin, and several other publications. He is currently at work on a critical book, Equipment for Living (forthcoming from Simon & Schuster). He earned his PhD in English from the University of Chicago and teaches creative writing at Montclair State University.Author of Thunderbird, Black Life, and AWE, and editor of Open the Door: How to Excite Young People About Poetry, the Missouri-born Dorothea Lasky is an assistant professor of poetry at Columbia University. Her poetry has appeared in the Paris Review, Poetry, and the Boston Review. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.