NATIONAL BOOK AWARD JUDGES: EILEEN MYLES + ROBERT POLITO + KATIE PETERSON + ROWAN RICARDO PHILLIPS

November 17, 2014
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

NATIONAL BOOK AWARD JUDGES: EILEEN MYLES + ROBERT POLITO + KATIE PETERSON + ROWAN RICARDO PHILLIPS

EILEEN MYLES is a poet who lives around the corner from KGB. Snowflake/different streets (Wave, 2012) is her most recent book of poems and her new & selected I Must Be Living Twice will be out in 2015.

ROBERT POLITO’s most recent books are the poetry collection Hollywood & God and Farber on Film: The Complete Film Writings of Manny Farber. Hollywood & God was chosen by Barnes and Noble as one of the top five poetry books of 2010. Polito received a National Book Critics Circle Award for Savage Art: A Biograpy of Jim Thompson. He is also the author of the poetry collection Doubles, as well as A Reader’s Guide to James Merrill’s The Changing Light at Sandover, and a study of Byron’s poetry. His poems and reviews, criticism, and essays on literature, film, and popular music have appeared in numerous magazines and journals, including Harpers, The Believer, Bookforum, The Poetry Foundation website, Best American Essays, Best American Poetry, and Best American Film Writing. The founding Director of the Graduate Writing Program at the New School in New York City, he is now President of the Poetry Foundation.

KATIE PETERSON is the author of two new collections of poetry, Permission (New Issues, September 9 2013) and The Accounts (University of Chicago, September 24, 2013). Her first book, This One Tree, was selected by William Olsen for the New Issues Poetry Prize and published in 2006. She lives in Somerville, Massachusetts, and teaches at Tufts University. She has reviewed poetry for the Chicago Tribune, the New Orleans Review, and the Boston Review. Her most recent essay on contemporary poetry, “New Nature,” was published in the Boston Review this spring and featured on the website Poetry Daily. A new poem, “Filibuster to Delay the Spring,” received the 2013 Stanley Kunitz Award from the American Poetry Review.  She is the recipient of fellowships from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, the Summer Literary Seminars and Yaddo.

ROWAN RICARDO PHILLIPS is the author of THE GROUND: poems (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2012), winner of the 2013 Great Lakes Colleges Association New Writer Award in Poetry, a finalist for the 2012 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Poetry, and a finalist for the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work in Poetry. He is also the author of a book of criticism, When Blackness Rhymes with Blackness (Dalkey Archive Press, 2010), and the translator of Salvador Espriu’s classic Catalan collection of short stories, Ariadne in the Grotesque Labyrinth (Dalkey Archive Press, 2012). Born and raised in New York City, he is a graduate of Swarthmore College and Brown University, where he attained his doctorate in English Literature. Phillips has taught in Harvard’s History and Literature Program and Columbia’s Graduate School of the Arts, and is currently an associate professor of English at Stony Brook University, where he directs the Poetry Center.