Poetry Showcase: Sumita Chakraborty, Heid Erdrich, and Joy Priest

Thursday, October 15th, 2:30 pm

Join as three stellar poets celebrate, discuss, and give us a taste of their new collections! Featuring Sumita Chakraborty (Arrow), Heid Erdrich (Little Big Bully), and Joy Priest (Horsepower); moderated by Minnesota poet Kris Bigalk.

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Sumita Chakraborty is a poet, essayist, and scholar who received a Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation. Her poems have appeared in PoetryAmerican Poetry Review The Best American Poetry 2019, and elsewhere, and her essays and articles have appeared or are forthcoming in Rain Taxi, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and College Literature, among others. Formerly poetry editor of AGNI Magazine and art editor of At Length, she holds a BA from Wellesley College and a PhD from Emory University. About her just-released debut poetry collection, Arrow (Alice James Books), Diane Seuss writes“Seamless and diverse in form, cosmic in subject and image, one feels in the presence of an oracular intelligence and an abiding lyric imagination.” Originally from Massachusetts, Chakraborty now lives in Michigan and teaches poetry at the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor. Visit her online at www.sumitachakraborty.com.

Praised by LitHub as “a writer who deserves an audience as big as the light she’s throwing off,” Heid E. Erdrich is the author of seven collections of poetry, a non-fiction Indigenous foods memoir, and the editor of two anthologies (including the 2018 anthology New Poets of Native Nations, which received an American Book Award and a Midwest Booksellers Choice Award). Her writing has won fellowships and awards from the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation, the McKnight Foundation, the Minnesota State Arts Board, the Bush Foundation, the Loft Literary Center, and First People’s Fund, and she has twice won a Minnesota Book Award for poetry. Erdrich works as a visual arts curator and collaborator, she teaches in the low-residency MFA creative writing program of Augsburg University as well as being the 2019 distinguished visiting professor in the liberal arts at the University of Minnesota, Morris. Big Little Bully (Penguin Books), her latest collection of poetry, is a National Poetry Series award winner debuting in October 2020. Erdrich, who grew up in Wahpeton, North Dakota and is Ojibwe enrolled at Turtle Mountain, lives in Minneapolis. Learn more at  heiderdrich.com.

Joy Priest hails from Louisville, KY, and is the recipient of the 2020 Kunitz Prize. Her work has appeared inAmerican Poetry ReviewThe AtlanticPoetry Northwest, and Poets & Writers, among others, and has been anthologized in The Louisville Anthology, A Measure of Belonging: Writers of Color on the New American South, and Best New Poets 2014, 2016, and 2019. Priest has been a journalist, theater attendant, waitress, and fast-food worker, and has facilitated writing workshops and arbitration programs with adult and juvenile incarcerated women. Her debut book, the newly released poetry collection Horsepower (Pitt Poetry Series), was selected by U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey as the winner of the Donald Hall Prize for Poetry. Wrote Tretheway: Horsepower “is a captivating display of might and elegance, a language of astonishing sinew through which the backdrop of place and a compelling life come into vivid focus.”  Priest is currently a doctoral student in Literature & Creative Writing at the University of Houston. Visit her online at www.joypriest.com.

Kris Bigalk is a writer and professor whose second collection of poetry, Enough, was released last year from NYQ Books. Bigalk has published poetry in many literary magazines and anthologies, and also regularly publishes creative nonfiction and reviews. The winner of two Minnesota State Arts Board Individual Artist grants in poetry, Kris founded and now directs the groundbreaking AFA in Creative Writing program at Normandale Community College in Bloomington, Minnesota.