Lynn Emanuel’s sixth collection of poetry, The Nerve of It: Poems New and Selected, won the 2016 Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize from the Academy of American Poets. The poems “have a rare power: they connect to the world through estrangement” (Eavan Boland). Her dog sequence “The Mongrelogues” from her fifth book, Nose and Hook, is “a bizarre alchemy of Pilgrim’s Progress and Berryman’s Dream Songs… in an inimitable dialect that marries the antiquated syntax of John Donne with the phonetic spelling in George Herriman’s ‘Krazy Kat’ comics” (Adam Tavel). She teaches at the University of Pittsburgh.
Patricia Spears Jones is the author of four collections of poetry, including Lucent Fire: New and Selected Poems (2015). Her work has been called “Vibrant with the intensity of blues singers” (Feminist Bookstore News), and she has said “I always think of myself as evoking the blues in my poetry, and the blues are never ‘happy’ even when they’re ecstatic.” Jones “has given us a world where music and brains are allowed to co-exist with instinct, where the lyric and the literal may dwell without eyeing the other with suspicion” (Cornelius Eady). Spears Jones currently serves as a fellow of the Black Earth Institute and has long been involved with the Poetry Project at St. Marks Church.
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