7 Stories Up at SNFL: An Evening of Poetry: Emily Lee Luan and Jimin Seo

Date and Time
Wednesday, August 7, 2024, 6:30 - 7:30 PM
End times are approximate. Events may end early or late.


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Event Details

Join acclaimed poets Emily Lee Luan and Jimin Seo for a poetry reading and conversation.

This event will take place in person at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library on the 7th Floor.

 photo of Emily Lee Luan, an Asian-American woman with long black hair, wearing aorange and purple clothing. There are blurred trees in the background. A photo of Jimin Seo, an Asian-American man with a mustache and goatee, wearing a white tank top.

In 回 / Return, Luan "is engaged in the act of looking back...  The poems ask: What is feeling? What is melancholy? Can language translate either?" In his forthcoming collection OSSIA, Seo crafts poems written "across English and Korean" that are "rich with grief and radiant with the vivid charisma of specific people, specific love." Seo and Luan will read from their work and discuss themes of translation, diaspora, memory, grief, and history.

To join the event in person | Doors will open 30 minutes before the program begins. For free events, we generally overbook to ensure a full house. Priority will be given to those who have registered in advance, but registration does not guarantee admission. All registered seats are released shortly before start time, and seats may become available at that time. A standby line will form 30 minutes before the program.


Emily Lee Luan is the author of 回 / Return, a winner of the Nightboat Poetry Prize, and I Watch the Boughs, selected by Gabrielle Calvocoressi for a Poetry Society of America Chapbook Fellowship. A 2023 NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellow in Poetry and the recipient of a Pushcart Prize, her work has appeared in The Best American Poetry 2021, American Poetry Review, Lithub, and elsewhere. She holds an MFA from Rutgers University–Newark and is a 2023–24 Visiting Assistant Professor in the Syracuse University MFA program. 

Jimin Seo was born in Seoul, and immigrated to the US to join his family at the age of eight. He is the author of OSSIA, winner of The Changes Book Prize. His poems can be found in Action FokusThe Canary, annuletPleiadesmercury firs, and The Bronx Museum. His most recent projects were Poems of Consumption with H. Sinno at the Barbican Centre in London, and a site activation for salazarsequeromedina's Open Pavilion at the 4th Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism.



  • Assistive listening devices and/or hearing loops are available at the venue.
  • You can request a free ASL (American Sign Language) interpretation or CART (Communication Access Real-Time Translation) captioning service by emailing your request at least two weeks in advance of the event: email accessibility@nypl.org or use this Gmail template.
  • This venue is fully accessible to wheelchairs.


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All programs are subject to change or cancellation.


The 7 Stories Up Series at SNFL is made possible by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF).