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  • Photo by Roger Boulay
    September 8, 2014   BY artsdesk 

    Charlotte Boulay earned her MFA from the University of Michigan. She taught creative writing at the university for five years and won both the Meijer Award and an Academy of American Poets Award. Her poetry has appeared in many journals, including The New Yorker, Slate, the Boston Review and Crazyhorse. Boulay currently works as a grant writer at The Franklin Institute Science Museum in Philadelphia, where she lives with her husband. “Foxes on the Trampoline” is her first book of poetry. Continue reading

  • Photo by Mark Hinkley courtesy Coffee House Press.
    September 1, 2014   BY Victoria Fleischer 

    Born in Nairobi, Kenya, Mark Ford is the author of four collections of poetry, including “Soft Sift” and “Six Children.” “Selected Poems” is his most recent and comprises work from three decades of writing. Continue reading

  • Rachel Zucker
    July 7, 2014   BY artsdesk 

    “The Pedestrians,” a collection of prose and poetry, is Rachel Zucker’s ninth book. She has published several books of poetry, including “Museum of Accidents,” which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. She also recently authored a memoir, “MOTHERs.” She is a 2013 recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. Zucker currently teaches poetry at New York University. Continue reading

  • Photo by Katherine Branch
    March 10, 2014   BY artsdesk 

    Michael Collier was the Poet Laureate of Maryland from 2001-2004. He has published several collections of poetry, including “The Ledge,” which was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and the national Book Critics Circle Award. “An Individual History,” published July 2012, is his latest collection of poems. Collier is a professor at the University of Maryland, College Park, and is the director of the Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference. Continue reading

  • Peter Cole
    January 27, 2014   BY Victoria Fleischer 

    Peter Cole thinks of all poetry as translation. “Writing one’s own poetry, you’re translating a nonverbal experience or a less than articulate experience into something much more articulate,” he told Art Beat. In addition to writing his own, Cole translates Hebrew and Arabic poetry into English. When Cole finished translating 2,000 years of Jewish mystical poetry for his previous project “The Poetry of Kabbalah” (Yale University Press, 2012), he was ready to start producing his own work again, but it wasn’t a simple or easy transition. Continue reading

  • Photo by Julian Wasser/Time Life Pictures/Getty Images
    January 20, 2014   BY Victoria Fleischer 

    Poet Elizabeth Alexander “cant untether” herself from history, especially when reflecting on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. When she offered her own work in commemoration of the holiday, Alexander read four poems that travel through history to “give us a little bit more to chew on in thinking about what this day means.” Continue reading

  • October 7, 2013   BY Ellen Rolfes  

    For a long time, poet Lorna Goodison thought her creative talents would lead to a profession in the visual arts. But “one day the painting stopped coming, and I was just writing all the time,” Goodison said. Like a scorned lover, her talent and passion for painting “went off in a huff because I wasn’t paying any attention to it.”
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  • September 30, 2013   BY News Desk  

    Poet Gregory Orr rhapsodizes on a theme he has explored for nearly a decade: the “beloved,” the things we love. Of course, what we love can change over time, he says. “It can make you crazy by … shifting from … Continue reading

  • September 16, 2013   BY Ellen Rolfes 

    Meena Alexander reads a poem, “Experimental Geography,” from her soon to be published collection, “Birthplace with Buried Stones.” Alexander is an English professor at the City University of New York and teaches at Hunter College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York.
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  • July 1, 2013   BY Victoria Fleischer  

    Matthea Harvey is the author of “Modern Life,” a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and a New York Times Notable Book. She teaches at Sarah Lawrence College and is a contributing editor to jubilat, Meatpaper, and BOMB.
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