Midland Authors presents Writing Poetry Today

Tuesday, March 9, 2021; Panel discussion: 7- 8:00 pm


Angela Jackson, Illinois’ Poet Laureate, Seems Like a Mighty Long Time
Jackson is a poet, playwright and novelist who grew up on Chicago’s South Side. She is the author of numerous collections of poetry and was named the Illinois Poet Laureate in 2020. Jackson’s forthcoming collection, More Than Meat and Raiment: Poems, will be published this year. “Poetry is life distilled,” she says.

David Radavich, Moderator, America Abroad: An Epic of Discovery
Radavich describes himself as a socially committed poet, playwright and essayist. His latest narrative collection, America Abroad: An Epic for Our Time, is a companion to his earlier America Bound: An Epic for Our Time. Recent lyric collections are Middle-East Mezze and The Countries We Live In. His plays have been performed across the United States and in Europe.

Grace Bauer, Unholy Heart: New and Select Poems
Bauer’s latest collection of poems is Unholy Heart: New and Selected Poems. She was the 2015 winner of the Society of American Authors Book Award in Poetry for her collection Nowhere All At Once. Bauer is the Aaron Douglas Emerta Professor of English & Creative Writing at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and has long been known for the wide range of both her subject matter and poetic styles.

Lisa Fay Coutley, tether
Coutley is an Assistant Professor of Poetry & Creative Nonfiction in the Writer’s Workshop at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. She judged the Midland Authors’ Book Award for poetry in 2018 and 2019. In tether, Coutley “engineers both recovery and healing in poems that swerve emotionally between the landing bays of grief, longing and wonder,” said Major Jackson in a review.

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