Monday Night Poetry: Nathan McClain + Jennifer Sperry Steinorth + Tess Taylor

February 10, 2020 - 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
KGB Event

Nathan McClain is the author of Scale (Four Way Books, 2017), a recipient of fellowships from Sewanee Writers' Conference, The Frost Place, and the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, and a graduate of Warren Wilson's MFA Program for Writers. His poems have recently appeared or are forthcoming in New York Times Magazine, Poem-a-Day, The Common, West Branch Wired, upstreet, and Foundry, among others.  He lives in Brooklyn and teaches creative writing at Drew University.

Jennifer Sperry Steinorth is a poet, educator, collaborative artist, & licensed builder/designer. Her poetry has appeared in Alaska Quarterly, Beloit Poetry Journal, The Colorado Review, The Journal, jubilat, Michigan Quarterly Review, Mid-American Review, Poetry Northwest, Sixth Finch, Quarterly West & elsewhere. A chapbook, Forking the Swift, was published in 2010. Her full-length collection, A Wake with Nine Shades, a finalist for the Hillary Gravendyk Prize, the Barrow Street Prize and Press 53 open read, was published by Texas Review Press in 2019. A hybrid text of visual poetry/erasure is forthcoming from TRP Spring of 2021. She is grateful to the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley, the Sewanee Writers Conference, Vermont Studio Center, Warren Wilson College (whence an MFA in poetry), & The Bear River Writers Conference for grants, community, time to write & boosts of morale. She teaches at Northwestern Community College and elsewhere.

Tess Taylor's chapbook, The Misremembered World, was selected by Eavan Boland for the Poetry Society of America’s inaugural chapbook fellowship. The San Francisco Chronicle called her first book, The Forage House, “stunning” and it was a finalist for the Believer Poetry Award. Her second book, Work & Days, was called “our moment’s Georgic” by critic Stephanie Burt and named one of the 10 best books of poetry of 2016 by The New York Times. Taylor’s work has appeared in The Atlantic, The Kenyon Review, Poetry, Tin House, The Times Literary Supplement, CNN, and The New York Times among others, and she’s received awards and fellowships from MacDowell, Headlands Center for the Arts, and The International Center for Jefferson Studies. Among other things Taylor is on-air poetry reviewer for NPR’s All Things Considered. She served as Distinguished Fulbright US Scholar at the Seamus Heaney Centre in Queen’s University in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and was most recently the Anne Spencer Poet-in-Residence at Randolph College. In spring 2020 she will publish two books of poems: Last West, part of Dorothea Lange: Words & Pictures, at the MoMA, and Rift Zone, from Red Hen Press. She grew up and lives again in El Cerrito, California.