Olena Kalytiak Davis, Matthea Harvey, and James Thomas Stevens in 2003
Photograph of James Thomas Stevens, Matthea Harvey, and Olena Kalytiak Davis

Olena Kalytiak Davis, Matthea Harvey, and James Thomas Stevens at The University of Arizona Poetry Center in 2003. Photo by Christine Krikliwy.

Matthea Harvey
By Bicycle by Matthea Harvey
The Little General and the Giant Snowflake by Matthea Harvey

Matthea Harvey. "By Bicycle." From Pity the Bathtub its Forced Embrace of the Human Form. Farmington, Maine: Alice James Books, 2000.

Matthea Harvey. The Little General and the Giant Snowflake. Ill. Elizabeth Zechel. Portland, Oregon: Tin House Books, 2009.

Matthea Harvey, whose work combines wryness and whimsy with exquisite craft, signed her first book to the Poetry Center with a drawing of a prairie dog. When her first children’s book was published in 2009, it featured a similar drawing on the title page.

James Thomas Stevens
Bulle/Chimere by James Thomas Stevens

James Thomas Stevens. Bulle/Chimère. Lawrence, Kansas: First Intensity Press, 2006.

James Thomas Stevens received the prestigious Whiting Writers’ Award, given to emerging writers of exceptional promise, in 2000. He has published several books of poetry since his appearance in Tucson, including Mohawk/Samoa: Transmigrations, a collaborative poetry and translation project with Caroline Sinavaiana.

Olena Kalytiak Davis
Shattered Sonnets Love Cards and Other Off and Back Handed Importunities
On the Kitchen Table From Which Everything Has Been Hastily Removed

Olena Kalytiak Davis. Shattered Sonnets Love Cards and Other Off and Back Handed Importunities. New York: Bloomsbury/Tin House, 2003.

Olena Kalytiak Davis. On the Kitchen Table From Which Everything Has Been Hastily Removed. Venice, California: Hollyridge Press, 2009.

Olena Kalytiak Davis is a favorite with many of the University of Arizona’s current MFA students and recent alumni. Her most recent publication is the chapbook On the Kitchen Table From Which Everything Has Been Hastily Removed (Hollyridge Press, 2009).

3 Poets, 8 Questions
Arizona Daily Wildcat interview with Davis, Harvey, and Stevens

Lindsey Muth. "3 Poets, 8 Questions." Arizona Daily Wildcat 2 October 2003. Print.

Davis, Harvey, and Stevens all answered a series of questions for the Arizona Daily Wildcat prior to their visit.

Suji Kwock Kim, Loren Goodman, and A. Van Jordan in 2004
Photograph of Suji Kwock Kim, Loren Goodman, and A. Van Jordan

Suji Kwock Kim, Loren Goodman, and A. Van Jordan at The University of Arizona Poetry Center in 2004. Photo by Christine Krikliwy.

Loren Goodman
Famous Americans by Loren Goodman

Loren Goodman. Famous Americans. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2003.

Loren Goodman delighted his Tucson audience with comic poems like “Yeast” (“I am Yeast, a great poet/ I live in Ireland/ Some say I am the greatest/ Poet ever”) from his first book Famous Americans, selected by W.S. Merwin for the 2003 Yale Younger Poets Award.

Suji Kwock Kim
Notes from the Divided Country by Suji Kwock Kim

Suji Kwock Kim. Notes from the Divided Country. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2003.

Suji Kwock Kim’s debut volume was selected by Yusef Komunyakaa for the 2002 Walt Whitman Award of the Academy of American Poets. Her recent projects include collaborations with composers and a multimedia play, Private Property.

A. Van Jordan
Afterglow by A. Van Jordan
M*A*C*N*O*L*I*A by A. Van Jordan

A. Van Jordan. “af*ter*glow.” From M*A*C*N*O*L*I*A. New York: Norton, 2004.

A. Van Jordan. M*A*C*N*O*L*I*A. New York: Norton, 2004.

 

The formally varied tour de force that is A. Van Jordan’s second book, M*A*C*N*O*L*I*A, draws from the life of MacNolia Cox, the first African American to reach the final round of the National Spelling Bee. The same year of his Next Word reading, Jordan received a 2004 Whiting Writers’ Award. He teaches at the University of Michigan.

Esther Belin, Prageeta Sharma, and Dan Beachy-Quick in 2004
Photograph of Esther Belin, Prageeta Sharma, and Dan Beachy-Quick

Esther Belin, Prageeta Sharma, and Dan Beachy-Quick at The University of Arizona Poetry Center in 2004. Photo by Christine Krikliwy.

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