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The Deerfield Public Library Podcast

Thoughtful, in-depth conversations with authors of all genres and other notable people from Chicagoland and around the world. A monthly program from the Deerfield Public Library in Deerfield, IL, hosted by Dylan Zavagno. Our archives include episodes from the Library's John Cotton Dana Award-winning series, The Fight to Integrate Deerfield: 60 Year Reflection; our Pride Month series, Queer Poem-a-Day; and our local history audio tours.
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Nov 18, 2021

Reconstruction Fiction: Housing and Realist Literature in Postwar Britain (Ohio State University Press, 2020) by Dr. Paula Derdiger, Associate Professor of English at the University of Minnesota Duluth, looks at how historical changes in housing after the second World War impacted the realist literature of British writers.

You can check out Reconstruction Fiction here at the library or get the pdf (free, open access), as well as find the book on the Ohio State University Press website. Dr. Derdiger can be found on her university webpage. She also grew up in Deerfield and it’s wonderful to be able to celebrate her work at her hometown library!

Topics include: Complicating narratives of literary history that pit modernism against realism. The connection between Colin MacInnes' narrative structure and Brutalist architecture. How Elizabeth Taylor's ironically meager plots mirror postwar rationing. A special focus on a favorite writer, Elizabeth Bowen, including Bowen's declarations on post-WW2 literature, her "relentlessly passive" sentence structure, her atmospheric sense of place, and particularly her novels The Death of the Heart and The Little Girls. Plus how all these writers responded to Virginia Woolf. This is a joyous conversation about literary form and content and style, about how writers respond to each other and the world, and about the social impact of realist fiction. 

 

We welcome your comments and feedback--please send to: podcast@deerfieldlibrary.org. More info at: http://deerfieldlibrary.org/podcast

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Oct 21, 2021

Celebrating the debut full-length poetry collection, Afterfeast, by poet Lisa Hiton. Lisa Hiton grew up in Deerfield and recently collaborated with the Deerfield Public Library Podcast as the founder and co-director of our Queer Poem-a-Day project. Selected by the poet Mary Jo Bang as the winner of the Dorset Prize for Poetry, Afterfeast is published by Tupelo Press

Lisa will be doing a reading from her book Saturday November 13th at 1pm Central. You can sign up for in person or online attendance through Zoom. 

The poems in Afterfeast often take as their subject trips to Greece, the legacy of the Holocaust, and queer identity (not to mention more mysterious metaphysical states), in an original and daring voice. This heartfelt and profound conversation, which includes readings from Afterfeast, explores how Hiton creates poems that dramatize the “immersion, then pain” of the process of entering into the space of poetry itself. 

You can check out Afterfeast at the Deerfield Public Library, or find out more information about Lisa Hiton on her website: lisahiton.com

We welcome your comments and feedback--please send to: podcast@deerfieldlibrary.org. More info at: http://deerfieldlibrary.org/podcast

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Sep 17, 2021

Our conversation with acclaimed author Rosellen Brown. Originally released in two parts in February and March 2020 at the start of the pandemic lockdowns, we are excited to rerelease one of our favorite conversations as one combined episode. We discuss themes that run through Brown’s whole career, and how she uses form to approach difficult emotional and political subjects. We also discuss her newest novel The Lake on Fire (Sarabande Books, 2018). Rosellen Brown's website

You can check out books by Rosellen Brown here at the library, as part of our Podcast Collection, which features books (and other media) from our past 4+ years of podcast guests.

We welcome your comments and feedback--please send to: podcast@deerfieldlibrary.org. More info at: http://deerfieldlibrary.org/podcast

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Aug 12, 2021

The Naomi Letters (BOA Editions, 2021) by Chicago-based poet Rachel Mennies takes an unusual form--each poem in the collection is a dated letter or draft from the speaker of the poems to the woman she loves, named Naomi. Recounting a year in the life of this speaker, a Jewish woman under the pressures of mental illness and longing, this form also allows us to explore a profound question: can a fictional character an author creates change that author’s life?

You can check out The Naomi Letters here from the library’s collection and you can find more about Rachel Mennies and her writing on her website: rachelmennies.com. Mennies is also the author of The Glad Hand of God Points Backwards (Texas Tech University Press, 2014), the series editor of the Walt McDonald First-Book Prize in Poetry, and she is the reviews editor for AGNI. She edited, alongside Ruth Awad, the anthology The Familiar Wild: On Dogs and Poetry (Sundress Publications, 2020). 

Rachel’s poem “[unsent draft]” was also featured in our recent Pride Month podcast series Queer Poem-a-Day. As part of our converstaion we also read “Male Beauty” by Richie Hoffman, again from Queer Poem-a-Day. 

Finally, I’m very humbled and honored to announce that my work on The Deerfield Public Library Podcast received the 2021 Illinois Library Association Readers’ Advisory Service Award. Thank you to ILA, the Adult Reading Round Table, all my colleagues at the Library--and especially to our guests and listeners who’ve made this program what it is today. 

Jun 30, 2021

Jenny Johnson is the author of In Full Velvet (Sarabande Books, 2017). Her honors include a Whiting Award, a Hodder Fellowship at Princeton University, and a NEA Fellowship. Her poems have appeared in The New York Times, New England Review, Waxwing, and elsewhere. She is an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at West Virginia University, and she is on the faculty of the Rainier Writing Workshop, Pacific Lutheran University’s low-residency MFA program. She lives in Pittsburgh. jennyjohnsonpoet.com

"The Lone Palm" was previously published in the Harvard Review.

Text of today’s poem and more details about our program can be found at: deerfieldlibrary.org/queerpoemaday/

Queer Poem-a-Day is directed by poet and teacher Lisa Hiton and Dylan Zavagno, Adult Services Coordinator at the Deerfield Public Library. Music for our series is from Excursions Op. 20, Movement 1, by Samuel Barber, performed by pianist Daniel Baer. Queer Poem-a-Day is supported by a generous donation from the Friends of the Deerfield Public Library. Queer Poem-a-Day is a program from the Adult Services Department at the Library and may include adult language.

Jun 29, 2021

Dan Kraines earned a PhD in poetics. Queer Longing, his manuscript, won the Susan B. Anthony Dissertation prize in gender and sexuality studies, from the University of Rochester. He teaches creative writing at FIT. Twitter- @dan_kraines

"Donut" was previously published in The Adroit Journal (Djanikian Prize).

Recent publications by Dan Kraines include:

https://www.cortlandreview.com/issue-86/dan-kraines

https://thesepia.org/dan-kraines

Text of today’s poem and more details about our program can be found at: deerfieldlibrary.org/queerpoemaday/

Queer Poem-a-Day is directed by poet and teacher Lisa Hiton and Dylan Zavagno, Adult Services Coordinator at the Deerfield Public Library. Music for our series is from Excursions Op. 20, Movement 1, by Samuel Barber, performed by pianist Daniel Baer. Queer Poem-a-Day is supported by a generous donation from the Friends of the Deerfield Public Library. Queer Poem-a-Day is a program from the Adult Services Department at the Library and may include adult language.

Jun 28, 2021

Eileen Myles (they/them) came to New York from Boston in 1974 to be a poet. Their books include For Now (an essay/talk about writing), I Must Be Living Twice/new and selected poems, and Chelsea Girls. They showed their photographs in 2019 at Bridget Donahue, NYC. Eileen has received a Guggenheim Fellowship and an award from the American Academy of Arts & Letters. They live in New York and Marfa, TX. eileenmyles.com Twitter: @EileenMyles Instagram: eileen.myles 

"Love Song" is originally published on Queer Poem-a-Day at the Deerfield Public Library on June 28, 2021.

Text of today’s poem and more details about our program can be found at: deerfieldlibrary.org/queerpoemaday/

Queer Poem-a-Day is directed by poet and teacher Lisa Hiton and Dylan Zavagno, Adult Services Coordinator at the Deerfield Public Library. Music for our series is from Excursions Op. 20, Movement 1, by Samuel Barber, performed by pianist Daniel Baer. Queer Poem-a-Day is supported by a generous donation from the Friends of the Deerfield Public Library. Queer Poem-a-Day is a program from the Adult Services Department at the Library and may include adult language.

Jun 27, 2021

Lauren Clark is the author of MUSIC FOR A WEDDING (2017), but also isn't a poet right now.

Text of today’s poem and more details about our program can be found at: deerfieldlibrary.org/queerpoemaday/

Queer Poem-a-Day is directed by poet and teacher Lisa Hiton and Dylan Zavagno, Adult Services Coordinator at the Deerfield Public Library. Music for our series is from Excursions Op. 20, Movement 1, by Samuel Barber, performed by pianist Daniel Baer. Queer Poem-a-Day is supported by a generous donation from the Friends of the Deerfield Public Library. Queer Poem-a-Day is a program from the Adult Services Department at the Library and may include adult language.

Jun 26, 2021

Kazim Ali was born in the United Kingdom and has lived transnationally in the United States, Canada, India, France, and the Middle East. His books encompass multiple genres, including several volumes of poetry, novels, and translations. He is currently a Professor of Literature at the University of California, San Diego. His newest books are a volume of three long poems entitled The Voice of Sheila Chandra (Alice James Books, 2020) and a memoir of his Canadian childhood, Northern Light: Power, Land, and the Memory of Water.

Social Media: Twitter: @kazimalipoet, IG: @kazimalipoet

"Abu Nuwas" previous appeared in Inquisition, Wesleyan University Press, 2018.

Text of today’s poem and more details about our program can be found at: deerfieldlibrary.org/queerpoemaday/

Queer Poem-a-Day is directed by poet and teacher Lisa Hiton and Dylan Zavagno, Adult Services Coordinator at the Deerfield Public Library. Music for our series is from Excursions Op. 20, Movement 1, by Samuel Barber, performed by pianist Daniel Baer. Queer Poem-a-Day is supported by a generous donation from the Friends of the Deerfield Public Library. Queer Poem-a-Day is a program from the Adult Services Department at the Library and may include adult language.

Jun 25, 2021

Julian Guy is a queer and genderqueer writer born in the West. Julian is a graduate from the University of Nevada, Reno, where they received the DQ Creative Writing Award, Ester Early Writing Scholarship, and James Taylor Writing Scholarship for their poetry. Julian loves swimming, eating cotton candy while roller skating and gossiping in the park with their friends. They split their time between Reno and Brooklyn. Twitter: @lizard_blitz

Text of today’s poem and more details about our program can be found at: deerfieldlibrary.org/queerpoemaday/

Queer Poem-a-Day is directed by poet and teacher Lisa Hiton and Dylan Zavagno, Adult Services Coordinator at the Deerfield Public Library. Music for our series is from Excursions Op. 20, Movement 1, by Samuel Barber, performed by pianist Daniel Baer. Queer Poem-a-Day is supported by a generous donation from the Friends of the Deerfield Public Library. Queer Poem-a-Day is a program from the Adult Services Department at the Library and may include adult language.

Jun 24, 2021

Carl Phillips is the author of 15 books of poetry. He teaches at Washington University in St. Louis. Twitter: @CPhillipsPoet Instagram: @pinestereo 

"Is It True All Legends Once Were Rumors" was originally published in Tin House, and in the book Pale Colors in a Tall Field (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2020)

Text of today’s poem and more details about our program can be found at: deerfieldlibrary.org/queerpoemaday/

Queer Poem-a-Day is directed by poet and teacher Lisa Hiton and Dylan Zavagno, Adult Services Coordinator at the Deerfield Public Library. Music for our series is from Excursions Op. 20, Movement 1, by Samuel Barber, performed by pianist Daniel Baer. Queer Poem-a-Day is supported by a generous donation from the Friends of the Deerfield Public Library. Queer Poem-a-Day is a program from the Adult Services Department at the Library and may include adult language.

Jun 23, 2021

Jameson Fitzpatrick is the author of the poetry collection Pricks in the Tapestry (Birds, LLC, 2020) and the chapbooks Mr. & (Indolent Books, 2018) and Morrisroe: Erasures (89plus/LUMA Publications, 2014). They teach expository writing at New York University and occasionally write about art. Twitter: @jmsnftzptrck  

“Duplicity” was published in the book Pricks in the Tapestry (Birds, LLC, 2020) https://www.birdsllc.com/catalog/pricks-in-the-tapestry

Text of today’s poem and more details about our program can be found at: deerfieldlibrary.org/queerpoemaday/

Queer Poem-a-Day is directed by poet and teacher Lisa Hiton and Dylan Zavagno, Adult Services Coordinator at the Deerfield Public Library. Music for our series is from Excursions Op. 20, Movement 1, by Samuel Barber, performed by pianist Daniel Baer. Queer Poem-a-Day is supported by a generous donation from the Friends of the Deerfield Public Library. Queer Poem-a-Day is a program from the Adult Services Department at the Library and may include adult language.

Jun 22, 2021

D. A. Powell is a painter and poet living in San Francisco. His books include Repast (Graywolf, 2014) and Useless Landscape, or A Guide for Boys (Graywolf, 2012). He received the 2019 John Updike Award from the American Academy of Arts & Letters. Twitter: @powell_da

“Puzzle Pieces” was published in the chapbook Atlas T (Rescue Press, 2020, https://www.rescuepress.co/da-powell) and first appeared in Iowa Review vol 44 issue 3. 

Text of today’s poem and more details about our program can be found at: deerfieldlibrary.org/queerpoemaday/

Queer Poem-a-Day is directed by poet and teacher Lisa Hiton and Dylan Zavagno, Adult Services Coordinator at the Deerfield Public Library. Music for our series is from Excursions Op. 20, Movement 1, by Samuel Barber, performed by pianist Daniel Baer. Queer Poem-a-Day is supported by a generous donation from the Friends of the Deerfield Public Library. Queer Poem-a-Day is a program from the Adult Services Department at the Library and may include adult language.

Jun 21, 2021

Amanda Gunn is a poet, teacher, and PhD candidate at Harvard where she studies poetry, ephemerality, and Black pleasure. Raised in Connecticut, she worked as a medical copyeditor for 13 years before earning a master of fine arts degree in poetry from the Johns Hopkins Writing Seminars. She was recently named a Stegner fellow and was the inaugural winner of the Auburn Witness Poetry Prize honoring Jake Adam York. Her work can be found in Poetry, Colorado Review, Poetry Northwest, and The Baffler. amandagunn.com Twitter: @amandathegunn  

"Things I Didn't Do With this Body and Things that I Didn't" was previously published in Lana Turner.

Amanda Gunn has two poems out in the May issue of Poetry magazine https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poetrymagazine/poems/155800/mystic.

Text of today’s poem and more details about our program can be found at: deerfieldlibrary.org/queerpoemaday/

Queer Poem-a-Day is directed by poet and teacher Lisa Hiton and Dylan Zavagno, Adult Services Coordinator at the Deerfield Public Library. Music for our series is from Excursions Op. 20, Movement 1, by Samuel Barber, performed by pianist Daniel Baer. Queer Poem-a-Day is supported by a generous donation from the Friends of the Deerfield Public Library. Queer Poem-a-Day is a program from the Adult Services Department at the Library and may include adult language.

Jun 20, 2021

Michael M. Weinstein is a poet, scholar, and teacher. His writing has appeared or is forthcoming in The New Yorker, Boston Review, Conjunctions, The Iowa Review, The Kenyon Review, The Los Angeles Review of Books, and elsewhere. A graduate of Harvard University and the University of Michigan's Helen Zell Writers' Program, he is currently working on a book about the social and romantic lives of transgender Americans. https://michaelmweinstein.com/ Twitter: @transpoetics Instagram: @intractably

"An Act" is originally published on Queer Poem-a-Day at the Deerfield Public Library Podcast on June 20, 2021.

Michael M. Weinstein's poem, "Anniversary," won an Academy of American Poets prize last year (https://poets.org/2020-anniversary-for-m), and his nonfiction essay, "The Blue Cane," is forthcoming in the Iowa Review.

Text of today’s poem and more details about our program can be found at: deerfieldlibrary.org/queerpoemaday/

Queer Poem-a-Day is directed by poet and teacher Lisa Hiton and Dylan Zavagno, Adult Services Coordinator at the Deerfield Public Library. Music for our series is from Excursions Op. 20, Movement 1, by Samuel Barber, performed by pianist Daniel Baer. Queer Poem-a-Day is supported by a generous donation from the Friends of the Deerfield Public Library. Queer Poem-a-Day is a program from the Adult Services Department at the Library and may include adult language.

Jun 19, 2021

Randall Mann is the author of five collections of poetry: A BETTER LIFE, PROPRIETARY, STRAIGHT RAZOR, BREAKFAST WITH THOM GUNN, and COMPLAINT IN THE GARDEN. He is also the author of a book of criticism, THE ILLUSION OF INTIMACY: ON POETRY. A three-time finalist for the Lambda Literary Award, he lives in San Francisco. Twitter: @randallmannpoet Instagram: @randallmann 

“Eros” was originally from COMPLAINT IN THE GARDEN. Copyright © 2004 by Randall Mann. Reprinted by permission of Randall Mann.

Text of today’s poem and more details about our program can be found at: deerfieldlibrary.org/queerpoemaday/

Queer Poem-a-Day is directed by poet and teacher Lisa Hiton and Dylan Zavagno, Adult Services Coordinator at the Deerfield Public Library. Music for our series is from Excursions Op. 20, Movement 1, by Samuel Barber, performed by pianist Daniel Baer. Queer Poem-a-Day is supported by a generous donation from the Friends of the Deerfield Public Library. Queer Poem-a-Day is a program from the Adult Services Department at the Library and may include adult language.

Jun 18, 2021

Jill McDonough’s books of poems include Here All Night (Alice James, 2019), Reaper (Alice James, 2017), Where You Live (Salt, 2012), and Habeas Corpus (Salt, 2008). The recipient of three Pushcart prizes and fellowships from the Lannan Foundation, NEA, NYPL, FAWC, and Stanford, her work appears in The Threepenny Review and Best American Poetry. She teaches in the MFA program at UMass-Boston and offers College Reading and Writing in Boston jails. Her website is jillmcdonough.com. Jill McDonough’s American Treasure comes out in 2022 with Alice James Books.

“What a Waste” was previously published in Green Mountains Review’s print edition in 2018. 

Text of today’s poem and more details about our program can be found at: deerfieldlibrary.org/queerpoemaday/

Queer Poem-a-Day is directed by poet and teacher Lisa Hiton and Dylan Zavagno, Adult Services Coordinator at the Deerfield Public Library. Music for our series is from Excursions Op. 20, Movement 1, by Samuel Barber, performed by pianist Daniel Baer. Queer Poem-a-Day is supported by a generous donation from the Friends of the Deerfield Public Library. Queer Poem-a-Day is a program from the Adult Services Department at the Library and may include adult language.

Jun 17, 2021

Xandria Phillips is a Whiting Award-winning poet, and visual artist from rural Ohio. The recipient of a LAMBDA Literary Award, and the Judith A. Markowitz Award for Emerging writers, Xandria is the author of HULL (Nightboat Books 2019) and Reasons for Smoking, which won the 2016 Seattle Review Chapbook Contest judged by Claudia Rankine. They have received fellowships from Brown University, Callaloo, Cave Canem, The Conversation Literary Festival, Oberlin College, the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, and are the 2021-2023 Center for African American Poetry and Poetics Fellow. Their current projects include an experimental nonfiction manuscript, a book of ekphrastic poetry, and an ever-growing visual art studio practice. Xandria’s poetry has appeared in Berlin Quarterly Review, BOMB Magazine, Crazyhorse, Poets.org, and Virginia Quarterly Review and anthologies such as Best Experimental Writing (Weslyan Press 2020) and We Want It All: An Anthology of Radical Trans Poetics (Nightboat Books 2020). Their paintings have been featured in Kenyon Review, The Poetry Project, and the cover of American Poets Magazine. For more, visit them at xandriaphillips.com. Instagram: @xandria_phillips Twitter: @xandriaphillips

"Want Could Kill Me" was published in HULL (Nightboat Books)

Check out another recent poem by Xandria Phillips here:  https://poets.org/poem/black-heroism-unskilled-labor

Text of today’s poem and more details about our program can be found at: deerfieldlibrary.org/queerpoemaday/

Queer Poem-a-Day is directed by poet and teacher Lisa Hiton and Dylan Zavagno, Adult Services Coordinator at the Deerfield Public Library. Music for our series is from Excursions Op. 20, Movement 1, by Samuel Barber, performed by pianist Daniel Baer. Queer Poem-a-Day is supported by a generous donation from the Friends of the Deerfield Public Library. Queer Poem-a-Day is a program from the Adult Services Department at the Library and may include adult language.

Jun 16, 2021

Jay Besemer is the author of the poetry collections Theories of Performance (The Lettered Streets Press, 2020), The Ways of the Monster (KIN(D) Texts and Projects/The Operating System, 2018), Crybaby City (Spuyten Duyvil, 2017), Chelate (Brooklyn Arts Press, 2016) and Telephone (Brooklyn Arts Press, 2013). He is a 2021 Lambda Literary Award Finalist for Transgender Poetry, and was a finalist for the 2017 Publishing Triangle Award for Trans and Gender-Variant Literature. Jay was included in the groundbreaking anthology Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics. www.jaybesemer.net Twitter: @THEORIES_PER

“The Window” is from Theories of Performance, published 2020 by The Lettered Streets Press.

Text of today’s poem and more details about our program can be found at: deerfieldlibrary.org/queerpoemaday/

Queer Poem-a-Day is directed by poet and teacher Lisa Hiton and Dylan Zavagno, Adult Services Coordinator at the Deerfield Public Library. Music for our series is from Excursions Op. 20, Movement 1, by Samuel Barber, performed by pianist Daniel Baer. Queer Poem-a-Day is supported by a generous donation from the Friends of the Deerfield Public Library. Queer Poem-a-Day is a program from the Adult Services Department at the Library and may include adult language.

Jun 15, 2021

Catherine Pond was born in New York City and grew up in Georgia. She is the author of Fieldglass (Southern Illinois University Press 2021), winner of the Crab Orchard First Book Prize. Her poems have appeared in Best New Poets, Best American Nonrequired Reading, AGNI, The Adroit Journal, Narrative, and other publications. Pond is a PhD candidate in Literature & Creative Writing at the University of Southern California, where she teaches writing. Instagram: @catherine.pond

"Riding the Bus Back to Oxford" was originally published in Lambda Literary: https://www.lambdaliterary.org/2014/09/three-poems-by-catherine-pond/

Text of today’s poem and more details about our program can be found at: deerfieldlibrary.org/queerpoemaday/

Queer Poem-a-Day is directed by poet and teacher Lisa Hiton and Dylan Zavagno, Adult Services Coordinator at the Deerfield Public Library. Music for our series is from Excursions Op. 20, Movement 1, by Samuel Barber, performed by pianist Daniel Baer. Queer Poem-a-Day is supported by a generous donation from the Friends of the Deerfield Public Library. Queer Poem-a-Day is a program from the Adult Services Department at the Library and may include adult language.

Jun 14, 2021

Cyril Wong has been described by The Oxford Companion to Modern Poetry in English as a confessional poet in Singapore, based mainly on "a barely submerged anxiety over the fragility of human connection and a relentless self-querying". His most recent book is Infinity Diary, published by Seagull Books in 2020. A past recipient of the National Arts Council’s Young Artist Award and two Singapore Literature Prizes, he completed a doctoral degree in English Literature at the National University of Singapore in 2012. His poems have been translated into Bengali, Japanese, Italian, Turkish and German. His writings have also appeared in international magazines as well as anthologies by W. W. Norton and Everyman’s Library. He founded Singapore’s longest-running international poetry webjournal, SOFTBLOW. Instagram: @cyrilsingstheblues

"The Men We Loved" was originally published in the book Tilting Our Plates to Catch the Light (Math Paper Press 2012) 

Text of today’s poem and more details about our program can be found at: deerfieldlibrary.org/queerpoemaday/

Queer Poem-a-Day is directed by poet and teacher Lisa Hiton and Dylan Zavagno, Adult Services Coordinator at the Deerfield Public Library. Music for our series is from Excursions Op. 20, Movement 1, by Samuel Barber, performed by pianist Daniel Baer. Queer Poem-a-Day is supported by a generous donation from the Friends of the Deerfield Public Library. Queer Poem-a-Day is a program from the Adult Services Department at the Library and may include adult language.

Jun 13, 2021

Phillip B. Williams is from Chicago, IL and author of the book Thief in the Interior (Alice James 2016). A recipient of the Kate Tufts Discovery Award, Lambda Literary Award, and Whiting Award, he currently teaches at Bennington College and the Randolph College low-residency MFA. Twitter: PBW_POET Instagram: PBW_POET

"Of Contour, Of Cadence" was originally published in Thief in the Interior (Alice James 2016).

Phillip B. Williams' forthcoming book MUTINY: poems comes out from Penguin Poetry, Sept 7 2021. 

Text of today’s poem and more details about our program can be found at: deerfieldlibrary.org/queerpoemaday/

Queer Poem-a-Day is directed by poet and teacher Lisa Hiton and Dylan Zavagno, Adult Services Coordinator at the Deerfield Public Library. Music for our series is from Excursions Op. 20, Movement 1, by Samuel Barber, performed by pianist Daniel Baer. Queer Poem-a-Day is supported by a generous donation from the Friends of the Deerfield Public Library. Queer Poem-a-Day is a program from the Adult Services Department at the Library and may include adult language.

Jun 12, 2021

Julia Guez is a writer and translator based in Brooklyn. Her essays, interviews, fiction, poetry and translations have appeared in Guernica, POETRY, The Guardian, BOMB, The Brooklyn Rail and Kenyon Review. Four Way Books released her first full-length collection, In An Invisible Glass Case Which Is Also A Frame, in 2019; they will release her second book, The Certain Body, in 2022. For the last decade, Guez has worked with Teach For America New York; she’s currently the senior managing director of design and implementation. She also teaches creative writing at NYU and Rutgers. www.juliaguez.net Twitter: @G_U_E_Z  Instagram: julia.elizabeth.guez Publisher Twitter and IG: @fourwaybooks

Book of Poems in Translation: https://www.afterhourseditions.com/equestrian-monuments

"Forty" is originally published is originally published on Queer Poem-a-Day at the Deerfield Public Library on June 12, 2021. 

Text of today’s poem and more details about our program can be found at: deerfieldlibrary.org/queerpoemaday/

Queer Poem-a-Day is directed by poet and teacher Lisa Hiton and Dylan Zavagno, Adult Services Coordinator at the Deerfield Public Library. Music for our series is from Excursions Op. 20, Movement 1, by Samuel Barber, performed by pianist Daniel Baer. Queer Poem-a-Day is supported by a generous donation from the Friends of the Deerfield Public Library. Queer Poem-a-Day is a program from the Adult Services Department at the Library and may include adult language.

Jun 11, 2021

Rachel Mennies is the author of the poetry collections The Naomi Letters (BOA Editions, 2021) and The Glad Hand of God Points Backwards, the 2014 winner of the Walt McDonald First-Book Prize in Poetry at Texas Tech University Press and finalist for a National Jewish Book Award. Her poetry has recently appeared at The Believer, Kenyon Review, American Poetry Review, and elsewhere. Rachel's essays, criticism, and other articles have appeared at The Millions, The Poetry Foundation, LitHub, and numerous other outlets. Mennies took over in 2016 as the series editor of the Walt McDonald First-Book Prize in Poetry; she also serves as the reviews editor for AGNI. https://www.rachelmennies.com  Twitter: @rmennies, Instagram: @rmennies 

"[unsent draft]" originally appeared at On the Seawall, an online poetry community helmed by Ron Slate.

Text of today’s poem and more details about our program can be found at: deerfieldlibrary.org/queerpoemaday/

Find books from participating poets in our library's catalog

Queer Poem-a-Day is directed by poet and teacher Lisa Hiton and Dylan Zavagno, Adult Services Coordinator at the Deerfield Public Library. Music for our series is from Excursions Op. 20, Movement 1, by Samuel Barber, performed by pianist Daniel Baer. Queer Poem-a-Day is supported by a generous donation from the Friends of the Deerfield Public Library. Queer Poem-a-Day is a program from the Adult Services Department at the Library and may include adult language.

Jun 10, 2021

Richie Hofmann's new book of poems, A Hundred Lovers, will be published by Knopf in 2022. A former Stegner Fellow, he currently teaches at Stanford University. Twitter: @richiehof, Instagram: @richiehof

"Male Beauty" originally appeared in The Sewanee Review (Summer 2020).

Text of today’s poem and more details about our program can be found at: deerfieldlibrary.org/queerpoemaday/

Find books from participating poets in our library's catalog

Queer Poem-a-Day is directed by poet and teacher Lisa Hiton and Dylan Zavagno, Adult Services Coordinator at the Deerfield Public Library. Music for our series is from Excursions Op. 20, Movement 1, by Samuel Barber, performed by pianist Daniel Baer. Queer Poem-a-Day is supported by a generous donation from the Friends of the Deerfield Public Library. Queer Poem-a-Day is a program from the Adult Services Department at the Library and may include adult language. 

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