Poetry Showcase: Yona Harvey, Linda Hogan, and Ted Mathys

Friday, October 16th, 2:30 pm

Join as three stellar poets celebrate, discuss, and give us a taste of their new collections! Featuring Yona Harvey (You Don’t Have to Go to Mars for Love), Linda Hogan (A History of Kindness), and Ted Mathys (Gold Cure); moderated by Minnesota poet Kris Bigalk.

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photo by Ua Pilar

Yona Harvey’s first book of poetry, Hemming the Water, won the Kate Tufts Discovery Award from Claremont Graduate University. She is the co-author, with Ta-Nehisi Coates, of Black Panther and The Crew, and one of the first Black women writers for Marvel Comics. She was awarded an Eisner Award for her contribution to Marvel’s World of Wakanda, and was also the recipient of the Carol R. Brown Achievement Award from the Heinz Foundation and winner of the inaugural Lucille Clifton Legacy Award in poetry from St. Mary’s College of Maryland. A graduate of Howard University, Harvey earned her MFA from the Ohio State University and a Masters of Library and Information Science from the University of Pittsburgh, where she is also an assistant professor. She facilitates creative writing workshops, delivers writing-specific speaker topics, and currently serves on the editorial board of Poetry Daily. Her most recent work, the poetry collection You Don’t Have to Go to Mars for Love (Four Way Books)was just published in September. Visit her online at www.yonaharvey.com.

photo by Larry Henderson

Linda Hogan is a poet, novelist, essayist, speaker, teacher, and activist. Her work illuminates environmental and Indigenous activism, as well as Native spirituality. Her literary works have earned her awards and fellowships including a National Endowment of the Arts award, a Guggenheim, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Native Writers Circle of America, and, most recently, the Thoreau Prize from PEN and a Native Arts and Culture Award. She is Writer in Residence for the Chickasaw Nation, Former Faculty at Indian Arts Institute, and Professor Emerita from the University of Colorado. Her most recent publication, the poetry collection A History of Kindness (Torrey House Press), arrived in June 2020 and a multi-genre celebration of the natural world, The Radiant Lives of Animals (Beacon Press), is due out in October. Born in Oklahoma, Hogan now lives and works in Idledale, Colorado. Connect with her at www.lindahoganwriter.com.

photo by Virginia Harold

Ted Mathys is the author of three previous books of poetry, Null SetThe Spoils, and Forge, all from Coffee House Press. He is the recipient of two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts and the St. Louis Regional Arts Commission, and was selected by Alice Notley for the Poetry Society of America’s Cecil Hemley Memorial Award. His work has appeared in American Poetry ReviewBOMBBoston ReviewConjunctionsPBS NewsHour, and elsewhere. He holds an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and he now teaches at Saint Louis University and curates the 100 Boots Poetry Series at the Pulitzer Arts Foundation. His most recent collection of poetry, Gold Cure (Coffee House Press), was just released in September. Learn more at www.tedmathys.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.