In his afterword to this anthology of poetry by his recent students in the Boston University MFA program, Robert Pinsky observes: "This collection of poems demonstrates that a group [of poets] can be remarkably creative, enormously imaginative—a quality that arises not from unanimity but from its opposite. The pronounced, even idiosyncratic differences among these eight young poets have manifested an unusual, engaging whole. All of us who know them agree that they are remarkably gifted as well as consistently generous with one another and with the world. The group is confident enough to produce this collection, with that confidence based in a shared understanding that as artists they are gifted in various, fluid ways. In summary, this book offers a pleasing, authentic variety of poets who share poetry’s happy, stringent disregard for conventions and clichés: form as a truth-detector. I’m grateful to know these poets and their work."
A native of Fairfax, Virginia, Emily Yaremchuk is an alumna of the University of Virginia, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with high distinction in English and anthropology and participated in the Area Program in Poetry Writing. An avid fan of punk music and all things English, she aspires to live in London’s West End...or somewhere thereabouts. Her poems have appeared in publications such as The Turnip Truck(s), the Virginia Literary Review, and The Merrimack Review, among others. She was recently awarded second-place in the 2017 Mick Imlah Poetry Prize for her poem “Tabula Rasa.”
Kathleen Radigan is a native Rhode Islander. She graduated from Wesleyan University in 2017 with an English major and a psychology minor. She dabbled in theater and singing in college, worked at a pre- school and in an infant language learning lab, and won the English Department’s Sophie and Anne Reed and Sarah Hannah prizes for poetry. Wesleyan also awarded her an Olin Fellowship to study ban- shees and other ghosts in Ireland. Her poems can be found on the The Academy of American Poets website and PANK blog and in The Adroit Journal, The Merrimack Review, The Harpoon Review, Maudlin House, Hermeneutic Chaos Literary Journal, and a few others.
Born in Boston, Massachusetts, Lauren Peat was raised in the English Midlands and the various boroughs of Toronto. An intermittent teacher, translator, and editor, she swears by Joni Mitchell’s principle of creative “crop rotation”: she has toured internationally with a competitive chamber choir, contributed libretti to original vocal compositions, and performed spoken word in Bordeaux, Paris, and Provence, France. Her favourite Joni Mitchell song is “A Case of You.”
Rebecca Levi is a musician, poet, and translator. Originally from New York City, she graduated from Yale University in 2007 and since then has lived in Peru, Colombia, and the U.S. Her work has appeared in Columbia Journal, No Tokens Journal, Your Impossible Voice, BorderSenses, and with Princeton University Press. Her translations of Chilean poet Stella Díaz Varín won second place in the Robert Fitzgerald Translation Prize at Boston University, and her poem about pigs and break-ups, "December 31st," won third place in the 2018 Mick Imlah Poetry Prize at The Times Literary Supplement. Rebecca's band is called Debarro, meaning "of mud" and ever-changing, which also describes what she likes about poetry.
Eric Hertz has a B.A. in philosophy and religious studies from Stanford University and grew up in New Jersey before moving out to the West Coast. He wrote and published a collection of poetry, At the Park, through the Stanford Honors in the Arts Program; the book explores an imagined world of strange games. Eric likes to write at the intersections of eastern philosophy, psychoanalysis, mythology, religious ritual, and ecology.
Daniel Hardisty was born in the U.K. He studied English and creative writing at the University of East Anglia. His poems have appeared in Poetry London, Poetry Ireland Review, The Rialto, Poetry Salzburg Review, The Spectator, The Dark Horse, and elsewhere, as well as on the BBC. He has received an Arts Council award from Arts Council England and a New Writing North Award and was highly commended in the Faber New Poets competition in 2014. He became a joint U.S. and U.K. citizen in 2015.
Libby Goss grew up in Stow, Massachusetts. She holds a B.A. from New York University Gallatin in creative writing, marketing, and publishing. She is interested in narrative and blurring the border between poetry and fiction and spends most of her free time running and listening to music from the 90s.
Born and raised in North Carolina, Madeline Gilmore moved to Brooklyn after receiving a Hubbard Hutchinson Memorial Fellowship from Williams College in 2015. In New York, she received a Brooklyn Poets fellowship, which helped inspire the long poem that appears in this anthology. Her poetry has appeared in Bluestem magazine and The New Guard, as well as Massachusetts’s Best Emerging Poets anthology. Madeline doesn’t know exactly what she’ll be up to in the coming years, but she hopes she gets some good poetry out of them.