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 W.J. Herbert on Dear Specimen: Poems, in conversation with the judge who selected her manuscript, Kwame Dawes, Nebraska: Poems. Juxtaposing a profound sense of intimacy with the vastness of geological time, Dear Specimen is an extended love letter from a dying parent to her daughter, offering a climate-conscious critique of the human species – our search for meaning and intimacy, and our capacity for greed and destruction. With a special introduction by Daniel Halpern, founder of HarperCollins imprint Ecco and the National Poetry Series.