Ishion Hutchinson in conversation with Teju Cole
January 31, 2017, 7:00 PM
In House of Lords and Commons, the revelatory new collection of poems from the winner of the 2013 Whiting Writers Award in poetry, Ishion Hutchinson returns to the difficult beauty of the Jamaican landscape with remarkable lyric precision. Here, the poet holds his world in full focus but at an astonishing angle: from the violence of the 17th-century English Civil War as refracted through a mythic sea wanderer down to the dark interior of love. Hutchinson’s poems arrange the contemporary continuum of home and abroad into a wonderment of cracked narrative sequences and tumultuous personae.
Ishion Hutchinson was born in Port Antonio, Jamaica. His poetry collection Far District won the PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award. Other honors include a Whiting Writers Award, the Glenna Luschei Award from Prairie Schoonerjournal, and the Academy of American Poets Larry Levis Prize. He is an assistant professor of English at Cornell University.