Special introduction by Daniel Halpern, founder of HarperCollins imprint Ecco and the National Poetry Series.
The National Poetry Series was established in 1978 to recognize and promote excellence in contemporary poetry by ensuring the publication of five books of poetry annually through participating publishers. In addition, the National Poetry Series has partnered with Miami Book Fair to award the Paz Prize in Poetry, which ensures bilingual publication for a book of poems written in Spanish. This conversation features Benjamin Garcia on Thrown in the Throat, in conversation with the judge who selected his manuscript, Kazim Ali, The Voice of Sheila Chandra.
In a sex-positive incantation that retextures what it is to write a queer life amidst troubled times, Garcia delves with both English and Spanish into how one survives a country’s long love affair with anti-immigrant cruelty. Rendering a family working to the very end to hold each other, he writes the kind of family you both survive and survive with.