2013 Poets

Read Catherine Hammond's Four Translations


April 3 - Michele Poulos

Michele Poulos is a writer and filmmaker living in Phoenix. She is currently filming a documentary titled My Story in a Late Style of Fire about the late poet Larry Levis (watch the trailer). Included in the movie are interviews with Pulitzer Prize winner Charles Wright, winner of the O.B. Hardison, Jr. Poetry Prize David Wojahn, National Book Award nominee Kathleen Graber and many others. Poulos' poems and fiction have appeared in Crab Orchard Review, Copper Nickel, Sycamore Review, Miracle Monocle and other journals. Her work is included in Best New Poets 2012. Poulos will complete her second Master of Fine Arts degree at Arizona State University in April. Her manuscript, titled A Disturbance in the Air, was chosen as the winner of the 2012 Slapering Hol Press Chapbook Competition.


April 10 - Jeredith Merrin 

Jeredith Merrin is the author of two collections of poetry from the University of Chicago Press, Shift and Bat Ode. She has published a critical book on the American poets Marianne Moore and Elizabeth Bishop (An Enabling Humility, Rutgers University Press). Her essays and reviews on Moore, Bishop, Randall Jarrell, Billy Collins, John Clare, Kenneth Koch and others have appeared in The Southern Review and elsewhere, and her poems may be found in such journals as Ploughshares, The Paris Review, Slate, The Southern Review, Virginia Quarterly Review and The Yale Review. She recently moved to Arizona from Ohio (where she was Professor of English at The Ohio State University) and is at work on a new volume of poems. Read Merrin's poetry.



April 17 - Karen Rigby 

Karen Rigby is the author of Chinoiserie (2011 Sawtooth Poetry Prize, Ahsahta Press, 2012). She received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and has been published in venues including Poetry Daily, Washington Square, Meridian, Field, Black Warrior Review, Quarterly Westand New England Review. Her poetry is anthologized in Best New Poets 2008, among others. She is one of the founding editors and webmasters ofCerise Press, an international online journal of literature, arts and culture. Rigby graduated from Carnegie Mellon University (B.A. 2001) and the University of Minnesota (MFA 2004). Read Rigby's poetry.

150April 24 - Myrlin Hepworth 
Myrlin Hepworth has written and performed his poetry across the United States. In 2009 the Arizona Commission on the Arts selected him for its roster of Teaching Artists. In 2010 he became the first undergraduate teaching artist for the Young Writers Program at Arizona State University where he received his degree in English in 2011. In addition to visiting nearly 30 high schools each year, Hepworth makes a living with his art by performing at universities, youth centers, group homes, museums and theaters. He has competed on three National Poetry Slam teams and co-founded and coached the Phoenix youth team to consecutive appearances at the Brave New Voices International Poetry Slam. Watch a Hepworth reading.

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