This year sees the launch of the Graywolf Press Poetry Tour, in which groups of poets are sent on the road to read at one event in three cities: New York, San Francisco and Boston. On Thursday, February 7th, McNally Jackson welcomes Nick Flynn, Dobby Gibson, and Mary Szyist, who will each read from their most recent collections.Nick Flynn’s Another Bullshit Night in Suck City won the PEN/Martha Albrand Award, was shortlisted for France’s Prix Femina, and has been translated into thirteen languages. He is also the author of three books of poetry: Some Ether, Blind Huber, for which he received fellowships from, among other organizations, The Guggenheim Foundation and The Library of Congress and, most recently, The Captain Asks For A Show of Hands. Some of the venues his poems, essays and non-fiction have appeared in include The New Yorker, The Paris Review, National Public Radio’s “This American Life,” and The New York Times Book Review.
Dobby Gibson is the author of Skirmish and Polar, both of which were finalists for the Minnesota Book Award. Polar also won Alice James Books’ Beatrice Hawley Award. Gibson has received fellowships from the McKnight Foundation, the Jerome Foundation, and two Pushcart Prize nominations. His most recent collection, It Becomes You, is just out from Graywolf.
Mary Szybist is the author of the poetry collection, Granted. She was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and in 2009, she won a Witter Bynner Fellowship. She is the recipient of an Academy of American Poets Prize, a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award, and a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. Her work has appeared in the Iowa Review and Denver Quarterly and was featured in Best American Poetry. She is an associate professor of English at Lewis & Clark in Portland, Oregon.