Tina Cane Presents Year of the Murder Hornet, with Nicole Callihan and Maya Phillips

June 15th

McNally Jackson Seaport
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Join us for the launch of Year of the Murder Hornet, a new collection of poetry from Poet Laureate of Rhode Island, Tina Cane. Tina will be joined by celebrated poets Nicole Callihan and Maya Phillips. 
Catalogue, essay, lament, Year of the Murder Hornet, Tina Cane's new poetry collection, is a work born of tension. Juxtaposing the personal and the political, these poems navigate the uneasy terrain of the self amid an increasingly tumultuous and fragmented world. Taking up the poet's mantle as seeker, Cane interrogates and wrestles with notions of personal narrative, theory, and truth, as well as our collective cultural realities. Year of the Murder Hornet is a book of this moment meant for all moments.




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Tina Cane serves as the Poet Laureate of Rhode Island where she is the founder and director of Writers-in-the-Schools, RI. Cane is the author of The Fifth Thought, Dear Elena: Letters for Elena Ferrante, poems with art by Esther Solondz, Once More With Feeling, and Body of Work. She was a 2020 Poet Laureate Fellow with the Academy of American Poets and the creator/curator of the distance reading series, Poetry is Bread. Her new poetry collection, Year of the Murder Hornet, was just released with Veliz Books and her debut novel-in-verse for young adults, Alma Presses Play (Penguin/Random House) was released in September 2021.

Nicole Callihan writes poems and stories. Her books include SuperLoop and the poetry chapbooks: A Study in Spring (with Zoë Ryder White, 2015), The Deeply Flawed Human (2016), Downtown (2017), Aging (2018), and ELSEWHERE (with Zoë Ryder White, 2020). Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Tin House, Kenyon Review, Colorado Review, Conduit, The American Poetry Review, and as a Poem-a-Day selection from the Academy of American Poets. Her novella, The Couples,  was published by Mason Jar Press in 2019. Find her at www.nicolecallihan.com.



Maya Phillips is the author of the poetry collection Erou (Four Way Books, 2019), which was a finalist for the PEN Open Book Award and winner of the 2019 Balcones Poetry Prize and 2020 Poetry by the Sea book award. She is the recipient of a Hodder Grant from Princeton’s Lewis Center for the Arts. Her poetry has appeared in American Literary Review, At Length, The Baffler, BOAAT, Ghost Proposal, Hayden's Ferry Review, The RumpusVinyl, the Gettysburg Review, The Missouri Review, the New Yorker,  and the New York Times Magazine, among others. Her second book, NERD: Adventures in Fandom From This Universe to the Multiverse, is forthcoming in fall 2022 by Atria Books. Maya was the inaugural arts critic fellow at the New York Times and is now a full-time critic at the Times, where she writes about theater, movies, TV, books, and nerd culture. She lives in Brooklyn.




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Year of the Murder Hornet Cover Image
ISBN: 9781949776126
Availability: On Our Shelves
Published: Veliz Books - May 15th, 2022