Poets Jennifer Givhan, author of Landscape with Headless Mama, and Anna Leahy, author of Aperture, will talk about how a few of their own poems came to be and how these poems reveal their thinking about genre and form. In addition, Givhan and Leahy will discuss a few poems by others to explore their relationship to the literary tradition and historical moments. For more information about the poets, see www.jennifergivhan.com and www.amleahy.com. Produced in partnership with Tabula Poetica.
Jennifer Givhan, a National Endowment for the Arts & PEN/Rosenthal Emerging Voices fellow, is a Mexican-American writer & activist from the Southwestern desert. She is the author of three full-length poetry collections: Landscape with Headless Mama (2015 Pleiades Editors’ Prize), Protection Spell (2016 Miller Williams Poetry Prize Series edited by Billy Collins), & Girl with Death Mask (2017 Blue Light Books Prize chosen by Ross Gay & forthcoming from Indiana University Press). She earned her MFA in Poetry from Warren Wilson College and her Master’s in English from California State University Fullerton. Her honors include the Frost Place Latin@ Scholarship, a National Latino Writers’ Conference Scholarship, the Lascaux Review Poetry Prize, Phoebe Journal’s Greg Grummer Poetry Prize chosen by Monica Youn, the Pinch Poetry Prize chosen by Ada Limón, & seven Pushcart nominations. Her work has appeared in Best of the Net, Best New Poets, Poetry Daily, Verse Daily, Ploughshares, POETRY, TriQuarterly, Boston Review, AGNI, Crazyhorse, Witness, Southern Humanities Review, Missouri Review, & The Kenyon Review, among many others. She teaches at The Poetry Barn and Western New Mexico University.
Anna Leahy is the author of the nonfiction book Tumor and the poetry collection Aperture and the co-author of Generation Space: A Love Story and Conversing with Cancer. Her essays have appeared at The Atlantic, Pop Sugar, The Southern Review, The Pinch, and elsewhere and won the top awards from Ninth Letter and Dogwood in 2016. She directs the MFA program at Chapman University, where she edits the international journal TAB and curates the Tabula Poetica reading series.