Layli Long Soldier

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“During the spring and summer all the grasses come up, and that’s always the first thing I smell when I go up there [to South Dakota], and the first thing I miss when I come back...” Layli Long Soldier talks about the inspiration for her “Grass Poems” series and reads a selection of poems from her debut collection, WHEREAS, forthcoming from Graywolf Press in 2017. Long Soldier is a 2016 Whiting Award winner in poetry.

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Rickey Laurentiis

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Rickey Laurentiis reads "Black Iris" from his poetry collection, Boy With Thorn (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2015), winner of the 2014 Cave Canem Prize. Laurentiis is one of the debut poets in "Fractures Through Time" in the January/February issue of Poets & Writers Magazine.

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Natalie Scenters-Zapico

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Natalie Scenters-Zapico reads "Sonnet for Your Nerves" for the Buttered Toast Reading Series in El Paso, Texas. Her debut collection, The Verging Cities (Center for Literacy Publishing, 2015), explores the relationship between the border cities of El Paso and Juarez. Scenters-Zapico is one of the debut poets featured in "Fractures Through Time" in the January/February issue of Poets & Writers Magazine.

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Corina Copp

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"The future isn't machines constantly slamming..." Corinna Copp reads her poem "Poor Wave" at the Poetry Project along with Miguel Gutierrez. Copp, author of The Green Ray (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2015), is one of the debut poets featured in "Fractures Through Time" in the January/February issue of Poets & Writers Magazine.

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Morgan Parker

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Morgan Parker reads her poem "Black Woman With Chicken" for Pen Pal Poets. Her debut collection, Other People's Comfort Keeps Me up at Night (Switchback Books, 2015), was selected for the 2013 Gatewood Prize, and her second collection, There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyonce, is forthcoming from Tin House Books in February 2017. Parker is one of the debut poets featured in "Fractures Through Time" in the January/February issue of Poets & Writers Magazine.

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Robin MacArthur

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Robin MacArthur reads a love letter to her home state of Vermont for an episode of State of the Re:Union with music scored by Red Heart the Ticker, MacArthur’s band with her husband Tyler Gibbons. MacArthur’s debut novel, Heart Spring Mountain (Ecco, 2018), is featured in Page One in the January/February 2018 issue of Poets & Writers Magazine.

Patrick Rosal

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“Poems engage our imagination such that the confusion is not the end point.” Patrick Rosal, who won the Academy of American Poets’ 2017 Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize for his fourth collection, Brooklyn Antediluvian (Persea Books, 2016), talks about the importance of art and reads several of his poems at the Loft Literary Center.

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The Descent of Alette

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“‘In a dark cave, I saw’ ‘an apparition:’ ‘almost real, almost there—’...” In this video, Alice Notley reads from her feminist epic The Descent of Alette (Penguin Books, 1996) at the Lab in San Francisco. The two-night program included a reading of the entire book-length poem and was cosponsored by the Poetry Center at San Francisco State University.

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Jess Rizkallah

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Jess Rizkallah reads her poem “tbh i’ve got more things to say about hair than i have hair” at an event for the Asian American Writers’ Workshop in New York City. Rizkallah’s debut collection, the magic my body becomes (University of Arkansas Press, 2017), is the inaugural winner of the Etel Adnan Poetry Prize.

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