Join acclaimed poets Allison Adair and Tiana Clark who will read from their prize-winning debut collections and talk about the development of the poems in these books.
Allison Adair’s debut collection, The Clearing, selected by Henri Cole for Milkweed’s Max Ritvo Poetry Prize, was named a New York Times "New and Noteworthy" book. From the midst of the Civil War to our current era, Adair charts fairy tales that are painfully familiar, never forgetting that violence is often accompanied by tenderness. Described by Cole as “haunting and dirt caked,” her unromantic poems of girlhood, nature, and family linger with an uncommon, unsettling resonance. Adair’s poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, Arts & Letters, Best American Poetry, Kenyon Review, Waxwing, and ZYZZYVA; and have been honored with the Pushcart Prize, the Florida Review Editors’ Award, the Orlando Prize, and first place in the Mid-American Review Fineline Competition. Originally from central Pennsylvania, Adair lives in Boston, where she teaches at Boston College and Grub Street.
Tiana Clark’s debut full-length poetry collection, I Can’t Talk About the Trees Without the Blood (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2018) is winner of the 2017 Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize and the 2020 Kate Tufts Discovery Award. In these poems Clark dives into personal and public history, mythology, her own ancestry, to see the braided trauma of the broken past and its continued effects on black lives. Clark is also the author of Equilibrium (Bull City Press), selected by Afaa Michael Weaver for the 2016 Frost Place Chapbook Competition. She is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellow and a Pushcart Prize. Her writing has appeared in or is forthcoming from The New Yorker, Poetry Magazine, Kenyon Review,The Atlantic, American Poetry Review, and elsewhere. She teaches at Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville.
This Series is sponsored by Friends of the Concord Free Public Library in MA.