This launch reading for Mudfish 21 (Box Turtle Press) has a remarkable line up of readers that will blow you away! John Yau, the judge for the 14th Mudfish Poetry Prize, the winner of the prize, Mark Wagenaar (here for the event from Indiana), and 4 other poets, Dell Lemmon, Jill Hoffman, James Trask (here from Texas), and Stephanie Dickinson, whose extreme talent and very different voices speak for the excellence and diversity of the entire issue. With extraordinary intimacy, even for Mudfish, this issue gravitates around the themes of youth and age, love and death. Like astronauts walking on the moon, its almost 100 inspiring writers and artists explore our common experiences with uncommon brilliance.
John Yau is the esteemed judge of the 14th Mudfish Poetry Prize. His latest book of poetry is Bijoux in the Dark. He received the 2018 Jackson Prize in Poetry from Poets and Writers. He lives in New York.
Mark Wagenaar is the author of three award-winning poetry collections, including the Saltman Prize-winning “Southern Tongues Leave Us Shining,” from Red Hen Press. His fiction and poetry appear widely, including the New Yorker, Tin House, the Southern Review, Gulf Coast, the Cincinnati Review, and River Styx, among many others, and his poetry has won a number of awards, including the CBC Poetry Prize, the Auburn Witness Poetry Prize, and twice the James Wright Poetry Prize. He is the father of two, husband of poet Chelsea Wagenaar, and presently an assistant professor at Valparaiso University.
Dell Lemmon’s poems have been published or are forthcoming in Brooklyn Poets Anthology, Court Green, Mudfish, Cape Cod Poetry Review, WSQ, and Washington Square Review, among other publications. Two of her poems were nominated for a Pushcart Prize and several have been nominated as finalists in various poetry contests, most recently in the Brooklyn Poets Walt Whitman Bicentennial Poetry Contest. Her first book of poetry, Single Woman, was published by Box Turtle Press in 2016.
James's poems have been published in Mudfish Magazine, The Windward Review, The Heartland Review, Jersey City Writers and elsewhere. He is an MFA candidate at Texas State University, a veteran, and a recovering MBA holder and corporate minion. His poems explore the loss and reclaiming of the emotional self, new, dead and revolutionary Romanticism and intuitive imagination.
Stephanie Dickinson lives in New York City with the visionary poet Rob Cook and their senior feline, Vallejo. Her novels Half Girl and Lust Series are published by Spuyten Duyvil, as is her feminist noir Love Highway. Other books include Heat: An Interview with Jean Seberg, Flashlight Girls Run, Girl Behind the Door, and her just released Big-Headed Anna Imagines Herself. At present she’s finishing a collection of essays entitled Maximum Compound based on her longtime correspondence with inmates at the Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for Women in Clinton, New Jersey. She has attended Jill Hoffman’s marvelous glass table writing workshop for a millennia.
Jill Hoffman is the founding editor of Mudfish and Mudfish Individual Poet Series. She was the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship (1974-75), has 3 books of poetry, Mink Coat, black diaries, and The Gates of Pearl, and one published novel, Jilted. She has a Ph.D. from Cornell University and teaches the Mudfish Writing Workshop, a hotbed of literary talent, in her Tribeca studio. She is also a painter.