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October 8, 2023 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

In-Person: An Evening with Leslie Sainz, Marci Calabretta Cancio-Bello, & Jan Verberkmoes


October 8, 2023
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm


Books & Books in Coral Gables
265 Aragon Ave
Coral Gables, FL 33134
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Books & Books presents…


in conversation with

Marci Calabretta Cancio-Bello & Jan Verberkmoes


Have You Been Long Enough At Table

(Tin House Books, $16.95)

Sunday, October 8th, 6:00 PM | Books & Books, Coral Gables


Books & Books is thrilled to present an evening with Leslie Sainz, Marci Calabretta Cancio-Bello, & Jan Verberkmoes discussing Sainz’s book: Have You Been Long Enough At Table (Tin House Books, $16.95).

This event is FREE and open to the public and books will be available for purchase the night of the event! Please RSVP only if you intend to join us.

About the Book:

“Marvelous.”—Terrance Hayes

Taking its title from Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea, Leslie Sainz’s Have You Been Long Enough at Table explores the personal and historical tragedies of the Cuban American experience through a distinctly feminine lens. Formally diverse with echoes of Spanish throughout, this debut collection critiques power and patriarchy as weaponized by the governments of the United States and the Republic of Cuba. In investigating the realities of displacement and inherited exile, Sainz honors her imagined past, present, and future as a result of the “revolution within the revolution”—the emancipation of Cuban women.

Through lyric and associative meditations, Sainz anatomizes the unique grief of immigrant daughters, as her speakers discover how family can be a microcosm of the very violence that displaced them. What emerges is a spiritual blueprint for disinheritance, radical self-determination, and the nuanced examinations of myth, ritual, and resistance.


About the Author:

LESLIE SAINZ is the author of the debut poetry collection Have You Been Long Enough at Table, forthcoming from Tin House in September 2023. The daughter of Cuban exiles, she is the recipient of a 2021 National Endowment for the Arts Poetry Fellowship. Her work has appeared in or is forthcoming from The Academy of American Poets’ Poem-a-Day, the Yale Review, New England Review, Kenyon Review, Narrative, and elsewhere. A three-time National Poetry Series finalist, she’s received scholarships, fellowships, and honors from CantoMundo, The Miami Writers Institute, The Adroit Journal, and The Stadler Center for Poetry & Literary Arts at Bucknell University. She is the managing editor of the New England Review.

About the Moderators:

Marci Calabretta Cancio-Bello is the author of Hour of the Ox (University of Pittsburgh, 2016), which won the AWP Donald Hall Prize and was a finalist for the Milt Kessler Award and Florida Book Award for Poetry. She and E. J. Koh co-translated The World’s Lightest Motorcycle by Yi Won (Zephyr Press, 2021), which was awarded the Translation Grand Prize from the Literature Translation Institute of Korea. She received a Creative Writing Fellowship in Prose from the National Endowment for the Arts (2022), as well as fellowships from Kundiman, the Knight Foundation, and the American Literary Translators Association, and her work has appeared in the Academy of American Poets, Catapult, Kenyon Review Online, The New York Times, Poets & Writers, The Rumpus, and more. She is a founding member of the Starlings Collective, co-director for the Adoptee Literary Festival and PEN America Miami/South Florida Chapter, and a program manager for Miami Book Fair.

Jan Verberkmoes is a poet and editor from Oregon. She received her MFA from the University of Mississippi, where she was a John and Renée Grisham Fellow. Her poems have recently appeared in The Paris Review, Lana Turner, and Ecotone, among others. The recipient of a Pushcart Prize, a 2018-19 Stadler Fellowship at Bucknell University, and a 2019-20 Fulbright Fellowship to Germany, she now lives in Colorado where she is pursuing her PhD in English and Creative Writing at the University of Denver.