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Poetry with A. H. Jerriod Avant, Myronn Hardy, Leslie Sainz, Sean Singer

September 19, 2023, 6:00pm–7:30pm

Award-winning poetry by established and emerging poets throughout the summer.

A. H. Jerriod Avant was born and raised in Longtown, Mississippi. A graduate of Jackson State University, he’s earned MFA degrees from Spalding University and New York University. He’s received scholarships from the Breadloaf Writer’s Conference and Naropa University’s Summer Writing Program. Jerriod has received two winter fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown and an emerging artist grant from the St. Botolph Club Foundation. His work has been published in the Boston Review, Callaloo, Virginia Quarterly Review, Obsidian, The Yale Review, and other journals. He’s most recently received his Ph.D. English from the University of Rhode Island and was a Teaching Fellow in English at Wesleyan University (2022-2023). His first book, Muscadine will be published with Four Way Books (September 15, 2023.)

Myronn Hardy is the author of, most recently, Aurora Americana, published by Princeton University Press. His books have garnered the PEN/Oakland Josephine Award, the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Poetry, and the Griot-Stadler Prize for Poetry. He has received fellowships from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Sacatar Foundation, Valpariso, Djerassi Foundation, and the Annenberg Foundation. He is the winner of the Prairie Schooner Strousse Award, given to the best poem or group of poems published that year in the journal. His poems have appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Poetry, the New Republic, the Georgia Review, the Baffler, Ploughshares, the Virginia Quarterly Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, Indiana Review, Seneca Review, and elsewhere. He teaches at Bates College. He lives in Maine.

Leslie Sainz is the author of Have You Been Long Enough at Table (Tin House, 2023). The daughter of Cuban exiles, she is the recipient of a 2021 National Endowment for the Arts Poetry Fellowship. Her work has appeared in or is forthcoming from The Academy of American Poets’ Poem-a-Day, the Yale Review, Kenyon Review, AGNI, Narrative, and elsewhere. A three-time National Poetry Series finalist, she’s received scholarships, fellowships, and honors from CantoMundo, the Miami Writers Institute, the Adroit Journal, and the Stadler Center for Poetry & Literary Arts at Bucknell University. She is the managing editor of the New England Review.

Sean Singer is the author of Discography (Yale University Press, 2002), winner of the Yale Series of Younger Poets Prize, selected by W.S. Merwin, and the Norma Farber First Book Award from the Poetry Society of America; Honey & Smoke (Eyewear Publishing, 2015); and Today in the Taxi (Tupelo Press, 2022) which won the 2023 National Jewish Book award.

Hosted by Nathan McClain, a poet, editor, and educator living in Amherst, Massachusetts. He is the author of Scale (Four Way Books, 2017) and Previously Owned (Four Way Books, 2022), and his poems and prose have recently appeared, or are forthcoming, in Poetry Northwest, Green Mountains Review, Poem-a-Day, The Common, The Critical Flame, and upstreet, among others.  He is Assistant Professor of Creative Writing and African American Literary Arts at Hampshire College, and serves as Poetry Editor of The Massachusetts Review