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D.A. Powell

Born in Albany, Georgia, D.A. Powell earned an MA at Sonoma State University and an MFA at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. His first three collections of poetry, Tea, (1998), Lunch (2000), and Cocktails (2004), are considered by some to be a trilogy on the AIDS epidemic. Listen to him read here: Lunch was a finalist for the National Poetry Series,…

Tana Welch

Tana Jean Welch is a poet and scholar of contemporary American poetry. She received her Ph.D. in Literature from Florida State University in 2013, specializing in American poetry and poetics, multiethnic literature, posthumanism, new materialism, and gender theory. Listen to her read here: Welch is currently Assistant Professor at the Florida State University College of Medicine where she teaches courses…

Dana Levin

Poet Dana Levin grew up in California’s Mojave Desert and earned a BA from Pitzer College and an MA from New York University. Levin’s collections of poetry include In the Surgical Theatre (1999), Wedding Day (2005), Sky Burial(2011), and Banana Palace(2016). Listen to her read with Meg Kearney here: Levin’s free-verse, image-driven poems grapple with the legacies of both Confessionalism and…

Nate Marshall

Nate Marshall is from the South Side of Chicago. He is the author of Wild Hundreds and an editor of The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop. Wild Hundredshas been honored with the Black Caucus of the American Library Association’s award for Poetry Book of the Year and nominated for an NAACP Image Award. His last…

Andrew Epstein

Andrew Epstein is the author of Beautiful Enemies: Friendship and Postwar American Poetry (Oxford University Press), which focuses on Frank O’Hara, John Ashbery, and Amiri Baraka.  His next book, Attention Equals Life: The Pursuit of the Everyday in Contemporary Poetry and Culture will be published by Oxford University Press in 2016. He is also currently writing The Cambridge Introduction to American Poetry Since 1945 (under contract, Cambridge University Press). Listen…

Robert Lopez

Robert Lopez is the author of two novels, Part of the World and Kamby Bolongo Mean River, and two story collections, Asunder and Good People. Listen to him read with Samuel Ligon here: Among other places, his fiction has appeared in the American Reader, BOMB, Brooklyn Rail, Hobart, Indiana Review, Literarian, Nerve, New York Tyrant, Vice, and the Norton anthology Sudden Fiction…

Samuel Ligon

Samuel Ligon is the author of two novels—Among the Dead and Dreaming and Safe in Heaven Dead—and two collections of stories, Wonderland, illustrated by Stephen Knezovich, and Drift and Swerve. Listen to him read with Robert Lopez here: Ligon’s stories have appeared in Prairie Schooner, The New England Review, Post Road, Okey-Panky, Alaska Quarterly Review, Gulf Coast, New Orleans Review, and elsewhere. His essays appear…

Debra Monroe

Debra Monroe’s work has been admired for its style, “prose that shimmers like a jazz solo, full of sass and danger” (Jonis Agee), and for its irreverent perspective on American life: “Her characters, like her prose, have hard edges. They also have big hearts, dark humor, and purely unique ways of opening themselves up for our inspection. This book makes…

David Kirby

David Kirby is an extraordinary poet, prolific scholar, celebrated teacher, and respected citizen of Florida State University and professional communities. Listen to him read here: David Kirby came to the Florida State University in 1969 with his Ph.D. fresh from Johns Hopkins University at the tender age of twenty-four. He has published an amazing twenty-two books, averaging one every year-and-a-half, plus hundreds of articles, reviews, and…

Author Q&A: Anne Valente

Interview by Misha Rai Anne Valente’s debut novel, Our Hearts Will Burn Us Down, is forthcoming from William Morrow/HarperCollins in October 2016. Her first short story collection, By Light We Knew Our Names, won the Dzanc Books Short Story Prize and was released in September 2014. She is also the author of the fiction chapbook, An Elegy for Mathematics. First…