2020 National Poetry series Winner Devon Walker-Figueroa

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2020 National Poetry Series Winner Teresa K. Miller

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In Conversation: On A Quilt for David & Between Certain Death and a Possible Future: Queer Writing on Growing Up with the AIDS Crisis

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In poetry and prose, Steven Reigns’ A Quilt for David explores the story of David Acer, whose homosexuality and sickly appearance from AIDS-related illness made him the perfect scapegoat and a victim of mob mentality in his conservative, early 1990s-era Florida town. Between Certain Death and a Possible Future: Queer Writing on Growing Up with …

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Hard-Earned Wisdom: Two Poets on Small Ecstasies & Difficult Loves

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In The Impossible: Poems, Deborah DeNicola explores landscapes of her own passion, her mother’s decline, and her father’s life, death, and imagined afterlife with hard-earned wisdom, transforming the personal into something beyond universal – the possibility that each life, encompassing its own suffering, questing, and small ecstasies, is really a stage toward a greater “becoming.” …

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Three Poets on Hurricanes, History & the Converse MFA

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When her Florida apartment is damaged by the ferocity of Hurricane Irma, Denise Duhamel turns to Dante and terza rima, reconstructing the form into the long poem “Terza Irma.” Throughout her new poetry collection, Second Story: Poems, she investigates our near-catastrophic ecological and political moment, hyper aware of her own complicity, resistance, and agency. With …

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Loaded Terms: Poets on Identity & Truth

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In Extremely Lightweight Guns: Poems, Nikki Moustaki explores femininity in contexts that grapple with violence, mental illness, loss, love, and relationships. She probes these themes through various provocative narratives, settings, and forms, from prose to diary-like entries. In her debut collection Tortillera: Poems, Caridad Moro-Gronlier not only applies the homophobic Spanish-language term for lesbians to …

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2020 National Poetry Series Winner Trevor Ketner

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FSG Celebrates 75 Years of Poetry: Frank Bidart & Yusef Komunyakaa

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In Against Silence: Poems, Frank Bidart writes of the cycles we cannot escape and the feelings we cannot forget. Our history is not a tabula rasa, but a repeating, refining story of love and hate, of words spoken and cruelties enacted. Moving among the dead and the living, the figures of his life and of …

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A Reading & Conversation With Ana Castillo

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In My Book of the Dead: New Poems, essayist, editor, activist, novelist, and translator Ana Castillo returns to her first literary love, poetry, and unflinchingly addresses some of the bitter realities of the past decade: the environmental crisis, COVID-19, children in detention camps, and Trump's presidency. Moderated by author Michael Torres, An Incomplete List of …

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A New Reckoning: Two Graywolf Poets on Spirituality, Survival, & the Second Book

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The Renunciations: Poems is a book of resilience, survival, and the journey to radically shift one’s sense of self in the face of trauma. Moving between a childhood marked by love and abuse and the breaking marriage of that adult child, Donika Kelly charts memory and the body as landscapes to be traversed and tended. …

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2020 National Poetry Series Winner W.J. Herbert

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A U.S. Poet Laureate in Conversation

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Joy Harjo, the first Native American to serve as U.S. poet laureate, celebrates the stories of her ancestors and family as well as the influences that shaped her work in Poet Warrior: A Memoir. She returns to the Miami Book Fair to talk about the memoir and her historic three terms as laureate. Presented in …

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