NYR: Poetry in a Time of Crisis, with Dan Chiasson, Ange Mlinko, francine j. harris, Ishion Hutchinson, & Jana Prikryl

September 2, 2020, 7:30 PM

The New York Review of Books presents Poetry in a Time of Crisis, a panel of readings and discussion around the ways in which poetry past and present has addressed moments of political and social crisis. Featuring Dan Chiasson, Ange Mlinko, Francine J. Harris, Ishion Hutchinson, and hosted by Jana Prikryl.

**Note: This program will take place on Zoom, and is likely to reach capacity. We will attempt to multi-stream the program to our YouTube channel, and there will also be a replay posted to our channel roughly a day after the event. So if you can't make it into Zoom, there will still be several options to watch! 

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Poet and critic Dan Chiasson is the author of five books of poetry: The Afterlife of Objects (2002), Natural History (2005)Where's the Moon, There's the Moon (2010), Bicentennial (2014), and Must We Mean What We Say: A Poem in Four Phases (forthcoming). A book of criticism, One Kind of Everything: Poem and Person in Contemporary America, was published in 2006. He is the poetry critic for the New Yorker and writes regularly for the New York Review of Books. He has received the Whiting Writers' Award, a Pushcart Prize, and a fellowship from the Guggenheim Foundation. He is the Lorraine C. Wang professor of English at Wellesley College.

Ange Mlinko is the author of five books of poetry: Distant Mandate (2017); Marvelous Things Overheard (2013), which was selected by both the New Yorker and the Boston Globe as a best book of 2013; Shoulder Season (2010), a finalist for the William Carlos Williams Award; Starred Wire (2005), which was a National Poetry Series winner in 2004 and a finalist for the James Laughlin Award; and Matinees (1999). She was a Guggenheim Fellow in 2014-15; served as poetry editor for The Nation from 2013-16; and her criticism, for which she was given the Randall Jarrell Award by the Poetry Foundation in 2010, appears regularly in the London Review of Books and New York Review of Books. She teaches poetry at the University of Florida in Gainesville.

francine j. harris is the author of Here is the Sweet Hand from Farrar, Straus & Giroux in August, 2020. Her second collection, play dead, was the winner of the Lambda Literary and Audre Lorde Awards and finalist for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award. Originally from Detroit, harris has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers and Cave Canem. She is Associate Professor of English at University of Houston. 

Ishion Hutchinson was born in Port Antonio, Jamaica. He is the author of Far District and House of Lords and Commons and directs the graduate writing program at Cornell University.  

Jana Prikryl, a senior editor and the poetry editor at The New York Review, has written two books of poems, The After Party (2016) and No Matter (2019).