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Poems in a Crisis with Traci Brimhall, Nickole Brown, and Alice Quinn
May 15, 2021 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pmFree
Poems in a Crisis: Navigating Family, the Pandemic, and Remaking the World.
Join poets TRACI BRIMHALL and NICKOLE BROWN and editor ALICE QUINN in a soulful discussion of navigating family, the pandemic and remaking the world through poetry. What does it mean to reckon with our ill treatment of animals? What does it mean to write lullabies after the death of one’s mother, the murder of a friend, and the end of a marriage? What is it to bear witness to a pandemic that killed more than half a million people in the United States and millions around the world? Host KATIE KEHOE delves into these questions and more. [rsvp required; see below]
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TRACI BRIMHALL is the author of Come the Slumberless to the Land of Nod (Copper Canyon, 2020); Saudade (Copper Canyon, 2017), Our Lady of the Ruins (W.W. Norton, 2012), and Rookery (Southern Illinois University Press, 2010). Her poems have appeared in The New Yorker, Slate, Poetry, The Believer, The New Republic, and Best American Poetry. A 2013 NEA Fellow, she’s currently an Associate Professor of Creative Writing at Kansas State University.
NICKOLE BROWN received her MFA from the Vermont College, studied literature at Oxford University, and was the editorial assistant for the late Hunter S. Thompson. She worked at Sarabande Books for ten years. She’s the author of Sister, first published in 2007 with a new edition reissued in 2018. Her second book, Fanny Says (BOA Editions), won the Weatherford Award for Appalachian Poetry in 2015. The audiobook of that collection became available in 2017. Currently, she teaches at the Sewanee School of Letters MFA Program and the Great Smokies Writing Program at UNCA. She lives with her wife, poet Jessica Jacobs, in Asheville, NC, where she periodically volunteers at several different animal sanctuaries. A chapbook called To Those Who Were Our First Gods won the 2018 Rattle Chapbook Prize, and a long sequence called The Donkey Elegies was published as a chapbook by Sibling Rivalry Press in 2020.
ALICE QUINN was the executive director of the Poetry Society of America for eighteen years, the poetry editor at The New Yorker from 1987 to 2007, and an editor at Knopf for more than ten years prior to that. She teaches at Columbia University’s School of the Arts and is the editor of a book of Elizabeth Bishop’s writings, Edgar Allan Poe & The Juke-Box: Uncollected Poems, Drafts, and Fragments, as well as a forthcoming book of Bishop’s journals. She lives in New York City and Millerton, New York.
KATIE KEHOE’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in Salt Hill, Boudin–the online home of the McNeese Review, The Indianapolis Review, Bayou Magazine, and elsewhere. She was a finalist for the NC State poetry contest (2019), and nominated for a Pushcart (2020). She holds an MFA in poetry from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and currently she works as a librarian.