Book Launch and Reading, "This Book Wrote Itself" by Caroline Rothstein
Performance poet Caroline Rothestein reads from her new chapbook of poetry, "This Book Wrote Itself," which she wrote simultaneously with her first book of nonfiction prose. With "This Book Wrote Itself," Caroline takes the audience and reader on the poetic journey, showing the cracks and crevices that would otherwise have gone undocumented while she wrote herself into prose. If the prose were the bones through which she told her story, these poems are the blood and heart of what lay underneath. Each poem's title begins with "For..." as each poem is dedicated to a person, place, or event.
Caroline Rothstein is a spoken word poet, writer, and activist living in New York City. A 2006 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, she was both a member and the director for Penn's only spoken word performance poetry group The Excelano Project. She is a two-time U Penn Grand Slam Champion, and joined the Penn slam team at Collegiate Nationals for five years helping to bring the team to finals every year, including first place in 2007 and 2009.
She has featured and led workshops at venues and schools all over the country. A longtime activist in eating disorder recovery, Rothstein hosts a widely viewed YouTube blog sharing her own recovery story as a means to promote positive body image worldwide. She hosts the Internet blog, "The Road Less Traveled By/," has been published in various literary journals, and recently finished writing her first non-fiction book. In the fall of 2006, she self-published her first book of poetry called What I Learned In College.
Her June 11, 2009, show at The Tank launches her second self-published book of poetry, "This Book Wrote Itself." In the fall, she will begin work on her masters at the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University.
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