Girl in a Town: Three Poets on Bodies & Backtalk

May 18th

McNally Jackson Seaport
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Three award-winning poets channel an eclectic range of voices and vernaculars in new collections that explore the pleasures and perils of embodiment. From dreamscape to diatribe, these poems interweave meditations on community, coming of age, desire, intimacy, ecology, survival, and change.






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B.K. Fischer is the author of Ceive (BOA Editions), a finalist for the 2021 National Books Critic Circle Award, and four previous collections of poetry—Radioapocrypha (Mad Creek, Ohio State UP, 2018), My Lover’s Discourse (Tinderbox Editions, 2018), St. Rage’s Vault (The Word Works, 2013), and Mutiny Gallery (Truman State UP, 2011). Also the author of a critical study, Museum Mediations: Reframing Ekphrasis in Contemporary American Poetry (2006), she has published poems and reviews in The New York Times, The Nation, The Paris Review, Kenyon Review, Poetry Northwest, Boston Review, Jacket2, FIELD, WSQ, Ninth Letter, Blackbird, Los Angeles Review of Books, Modern Language Studies and elsewhere. She holds a BA from the Johns Hopkins Writing Seminars, an MFA in poetry from Columbia University, and a PhD in English and American Literature from New York University. A former poetry editor of Boston Review, she teaches The Comma Sutra in the School of the Arts at Columbia University. She lives in Sleepy Hollow, New York, with her husband and three children, and is currently the poet laureate of Westchester County.

Erika Meitner is the author of six books of poems, including Ideal Cities (Harper Perennial, 2010)—a 2009 National Poetry Series winner; Copia (BOA Editions, 2014); and Holy Moly Carry Me (BOA Editions, 2018), winner of the 2018 National Jewish Book Award and a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in poetry. Her poems have been published most recently in The New Yorker, Orion, Virginia Quarterly Review, The Believer, The New Republic, Poetry, and elsewhere. Meitner is currently a professor of English at Virginia Tech. Her newest book, Useful Junk, was published by BOA Editions in April 2022.




Renia White is a poet originally from District Heights, MD. She came of age in Riverdale, GA before studying writing at Howard University (BA) & Cornell University (MFA). Her first book, Casual Conversation, was named a BOA Editions, Ltd. Blessing the Boats Selection by Editor-at-large Aracelis Girmay. Her work has appeared in publications such as The Recluse, No, Dear, Southern Indiana Review, and elsewhere. She lives and teaches in NYC.





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