Upcoming Event

Gail Mazur, Major Jackson, Didi Jackson, Nausheen Eusuf, and Lloyd Schwartz

present

The Best American Poetry 2019

This event includes a book signing

Date

Nov
1
Friday
November 1, 2019
7:00 PM

Location

Harvard Book Store
1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138

Tickets

This event is free; no tickets are required.

Harvard Book Store and Mass Humanities welcome guest editor MAJOR JACKSON and celebrated poets and contributors GAIL MAZUR, DIDI JACKSON, NAUSHEEN EUSUF, and LLOYD SCHWARTZ for a reading from the The Best American Poetry 2019.

About The Best American Poetry 2019

Since 1988, The Best American Poetry has been the leading anthology of contemporary American poetry. The Washington Post said of the 2017 edition, “The poems. . . have a wonderful cohesion and flow, as if each contributes to a larger narrative about life today. . . While readers may question some of the selections—an annual sport with this series—most will find much that resonates, including the insightful author notes at the back of the anthology.”

The state of the world has inspired many to write poetry, and to read it—to share all the rage, beauty, and every other thing under the sun in the way that only poetry can. Now the foremost anthology of contemporary American poetry returns, guest edited by Major Jackson, the poet and editor who “makes poems that rumble and rock” (poet Dorianne Laux). This brilliant 2019 edition includes some of the year’s most defining, striking, and innovative poems and poets.

Didi Jackson
Didi Jackson

Didi Jackson

Didi Jackson's poems have appeared in the New Yorker, New England Review, and Ploughshares, among other publications. She is the author of the forthcoming Moon Jar, which was a finalist for the Alice James Book Award, the Lexi Rudnitsky First Book Prize by Persea Books, and the Autumn House Press first book award. Her chapbook, Slag and Fortune, was published by Floating Wolf Quarterly. Currently, she teaches Poetry and the Visual Arts, Creative Writing, and African American Poetry at the University of Vermont and serves as the associate poetry editor for Green Mountains Review.

Gail Mazur
Gail Mazur

Gail Mazur

Gail Mazur is Distinguished Writer in Residence in Emerson College's Writing, Literature, and Publishing Program and founding director of the Blacksmith House Poetry Center. She is the author of They Can't Take That Away from Me (a finalist for the 2001 National Book Award), Zeppo's First Wife (a Massachusetts Book Award winner and finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize), and Forbidden City. She has won fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Bunting Insitute of Radcliffe College as well as the St. Botolph Club Foundation Distinguished Artist Award.

Lloyd Schwartz
Lloyd Schwartz

Lloyd Schwartz

Lloyd Schwartz is Frederick S. Troy Professor of English and teaches poetry in the Creative Writing MFA program at UMass Boston. The longtime Classical Music Editor of the Boston Phoenix and classical music critic for NPR's Fresh Air, he's now also Senior Editor of Classical Music for the web-journal New York Arts and Contributing Arts Critic for Boston’s public radio station’s The ARTery. Schwartz is the author of four poetry volumes—These People, Goodnight, Gracie, Cairo Traffic, and most recently Little Kisses, and a collection of his Fresh Air reviews, Music In—and On—the Air. He has edited three books by or about Elizabeth Bishop, including The Library of America’s Elizabeth Bishop: Poems, Prose, and Letters. His honors include an NEA fellowship grant in Poetry, a Pushcart Prize, inclusion in The Best American Poetry and The Best of the Best American Poetry, three ASCAP-Deems Taylor Awards for his writing about music, and the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism.

Photo credit: Michael J. Lutch

Major Jackson
Major Jackson

Major Jackson

Major Jackson is the author of five books of poetry including the forthcoming collection The Absurd Man, Roll Deep, Holding Company, Hoops, and Leaving Saturn, finalist of a National Book Critics Circle Award and winner of the Cave Canem Poetry Prize for a first book of poems. He is the editor of Library of America’s Countee Cullen: Collected Poems. A recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, Major Jackson has been awarded a Pushcart Prize, a Whiting Writers’ Award, and has been honored by the Pew Fellowship in the Arts and the Witter Bynner Foundation in conjunction with the Library of Congress. He has published poems and essays in Agni, American Poetry Review, the New Yorker, Orion Magazine, Paris Review, Ploughshares, and World Literature Today. Major Jackson lives in South Burlington, Vermont, where he is the Richard A. Dennis Professor of English at the University of Vermont. He serves as the Poetry Editor of The Harvard Review.

Photo Credit: Erin Patrice O'Brien

Nausheen Eusuf
Nausheen Eusuf

Nausheen Eusuf

Nausheen Eusuf was born and raised in Dhaka, Bangladesh. She recently completed her PhD in English from Boston University, specializing in poetry & poetics. She has a BA from Wellesley College, an MA from the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins, and an MA in English from the University of Georgia. Her poetry has won a Pushcart Prize and has appeared in The American Scholar, Southwest Review, Salmagundi, PN Review, Literary Imagination, Smartish Pace, World Literature Today, and Best American Poetry 2018 & 2019. She is the author of the chapbook What Remains from Longleaf Press, and the full-length collection Not Elegy, But Eros, published simultaneously by NYQ Books in the US and Bengal Lights Books in Bangladesh.

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