Join Sam Ross and Edgar Kunz as they read from their new poetry collections.
Tap Out, Edgar Kunz’s debut collection, reckons with working‑class heritage. Approach these poems as short stories, plainspoken lyric essays, controlled arcs of a bildungsroman, then again as narrative verse. Within are poignant, troubling portraits of blue‑collar lives, mental health in contemporary America, and what is conveyed and passed on through touch and words―violent, or simply absent. This hungry new voice asks: after you make the choice to leave, what is left behind, what can you make of it, and at what cost?
Sam Ross' Company is the winner of the Four Way Books Levis Prize in Poetry. Ross’s poems are at once earthy and delicate and view their subjects through a perceptive, picaresque lens. Carl Phillips writes of these poems: "Ross pitches nothing less than stubborn belief in tenderness and in the patience both to look everywhere for it and to trustingly wait for it ('I would learn rare//and love and want and wait./I had to start at the beginning.') This a debut both tough and tender, the poems of a man who's been made to look away from the world plenty, and has found a way to look steadily back."
Edgar Kunz is a writer from New England and author of the poetry collection Tap Out (Mariner / Houghton Mifflin Harcourt). His work has been supported by fellowships and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the MacDowell Colony, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Vanderbilt University, and Stanford University, where he was a Wallace Stegner Fellow. He lives in Baltimore, Maryland, where he teaches at Goucher College and in the MFA program at Salve Regina University.
Sam Ross has received fellowships and support from Columbia University, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Watermill Center, and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. His work has appeared in the Denver Quarterly, New Republic, Tin House, and elsewhere. He grew up in Indiana and lives in New York City.