Dirt Being Dirt

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“The orchard was on fire, but that didn’t stop him from slowly / walking / straight into it, shirtless,” reads Carl Phillips from his poem “Dirt Being Dirt” in this video produced by Washington University in St. Louis where he is a professor. Phillips, author of fifteen books of poetry, most recently Pale Colors in a Tall Field (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2020), is the recipient of the 2021 Jackson Poetry Prize.

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Anton DiSclafani

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The debut author, who is interviewed by Curtis Sittenfeld as part of "First Fiction 2013" in the current issue, reads from her first novel, The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls, which was recently published by Riverhead Books. DiSclafani also talks about teaching and her experience as writer in residence at Washington University in St. Louis.

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