2019 Poetry Participants

Listed in alphabetical order

Ned BalboNed Balbo

Ned Balbo’s books include Upcycling Paumanok and The Trials of Edgar Poe and Other Poems, awarded the Poets’ Prize and the Donald Justice Prize. His new book, 3 Nights of the Perseids, selected by Erica Dawson for the Richard Wilbur Award, includes poems about Prince, the Beatles, and David Bowie as well as poems about Elizabeth Bishop, Daniel Hoffman, and Edna St. Vincent Millay. Balbo is the recipient of an N.E.A. translation fellowship for his version of Paul Valéry’s “La Jeune Parque” (“The Young Fate”), and he was recently a visiting faculty member in Iowa State University’s MFA program in creative writing and environment. (More at https://nedbalbo.com.)

Maryann CorbettMaryann Corbett

Maryann Corbett earned a doctorate in English from the University of Minnesota and expected to be teaching Beowulf and Chaucer. Instead, she spent almost thirty-five years working for the Minnesota Legislature. Since coming back to poetry a dozen years ago, she has published four books of poems. Her third book, Mid Evil, won the Richard Wilbur Book Award for 2014. She’s also a past winner of the Willis Barnstone Translation Prize and a past finalist for the Howard Nemerov Sonnet Award, the Able Muse Book Prize, the Morton Marr Prize, and Best of the Net. Her poems, translations, and essays appear in a wide variety of journals and have been featured at Poetry Daily, Verse Daily, American Life in Poetry, The Poetry Foundation, and The Writer’s Almanac. One of her poems is included in The Best American Poetry 2018.

Nausheen EusufNausheen Eusuf

Nausheen Eusuf is a PhD candidate in English at Boston University, and a graduate of the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins. Her poetry has appeared in The American Scholar, Poetry Daily, PN Review, Salmagundi, World Literature Today, and Best American Poetry 2018. Her first full-length collection Not Elegy, But Eros was published by NYQ Books (US) and Bengal Lights Books (Bangladesh). Website: www.nausheeneusuf.com.

Daniel HallDaniel Hall

Daniel Hall is the author of three volumes of poetry, most recently Under Sleep. He spent a year in Asia as an Amy Lowell Traveling Scholar, and has received grants from the Whiting and Guggenheim Foundations. He taught Creative Writing at Amherst College for almost twenty years.

Major JacksonMajor Jackson

Major Jackson is the author of four books of poetry, including Roll Deep (2015), Holding Company (2010), Hoops (2006) and Leaving Saturn (2002), which won 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 Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Guggenheim Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, Ma-jor 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 American Poetry Review, Callaloo, The New Yorker, The New York Times Book Review, Paris Review, Ploughshares, Poetry, Tin House, and included in multiple volumes of Best American Poetry. Major Jackson lives in South Burlington, Vermont, where he is the Richard Dennis Green and Gold University Distinguished Professor at the University of Vermont. He serves as the Poetry Editor of The Harvard Review.

Sydney LeaSydney Lea

Sydney Lea, a former Pulitzer finalist, founded and for thirteen years edited New England Review. His twentieth book, and his thirteenth collection of poems, Here, is due from Four Way Books, NYC, this year. Available from Vermont’s Green Writers Press is The Music of What Happens: Lyric and Everyday Life, his collected newspaper columns from his years (2011-15) as Vermont Poet Laureate. In summer of ‘18, Green Writers Press re-issued his collaborative book of essays with former Delaware laureate Fleda Brown, Growing Old in Poetry: Two Poets, Two Lives.

AM JusterA.M. Juster

A.M. Juster’s work has appeared in Poetry, Hudson Review, Paris Review, Southwest Review and many other journals. He won the Richard Wilbur Award for his first book of original poetry and the Barnstone Translation Prize; he is also a three-time winner of the Howard Nemerov Sonnet Award. His most recent books are: Tibullus’ Elegies (Oxford University Press 2012), Saint Aldhelm’s Riddles (University of Toronto Press 2015) and Sleaze & Slander (Measure Press 2016). In 2016 Kelsay Books published The Billy Collins Experience and in 2018 the University of Pennsylvania Press published The Elegies of Maximianus. He is a graduate of Yale and Harvard with two honorary degrees. Photo credit: Johnson Photography.

January Gill O'NeilJanuary Gill O’Neil

January Gill O’Neil is the author of Rewilding (2018), Misery Islands (2014), and Underlife (2009), published by CavanKerry Press, She is an assistant professor of English at Salem State University, and a board of trustees member with the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) and Montserrat College of Art. From 2012-2018, she served as executive director of the Massachusetts Poetry Festival. A Cave Canem fellow, January’s poems and articles have appeared in the Academy of American Poets’ Poem-A-Day series, American Poetry Review, New England Review, and Ploughshares, among others. In 2018, January was awarded a Massachusetts Cultural Council grant, and was named the John and Renée Grisham Writer in Residence for 2019-2020 at the University of Mississippi, Oxford. She lives with her two children in Beverly, Massachusetts.

Anton YakovlevAnton Yakovlev

Anton Yakovlev’s latest chapbook Chronos Dines Alone, winner of the 2018 James Tate Poetry Prize, was published by SurVision Books. He is the author of Ordinary Impalers (Kelsay Books, 2017) and two prior chapbooks. His poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The Hopkins Review, Amarillo Bay, Prelude, Measure, The Stockholm Review of Literature, and elsewhere. The Last Poet of the Village, a book of translations of poetry by Sergei Yesenin, is forthcoming from Sensitive Skin Books. Yakovlev won the 2016 KGB Poetry Annual Open-Mic Contest and was a finalist for the 2016 Howard Nemerov Sonnet Award. He is the current education director at Bowery Poetry Club and a co-host of the Carmine Street Metrics reading series in Manhattan. Born in Moscow, Russia, he is a graduate of Harvard University and has also written and directed several short films.


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