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2014 Featured Festival Poet: Saeed Jones

Posted on by Rebecca Gambale, Poetry Online Communications Coordinator

Saeed Jones quips that he “grew up in the South, or survived growing up in the South,” as a gay man of color. Many of the poems in his chapbook “When The Only Light is Fire” take place in a … Continue reading

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2014 Featured Festival Poet: Ishion Hutchinson

Posted on by Michele Russo, Poetry Coordinator

Photo courtesy of IshionHutchinson.com “Once you are a part of a landscape, it enters your body and you gain a precision of language that is almost geological.” (Ishion Hutchinson, in an interview with Ashlie Kauffman on jmwwblog) Ishion Hutchinson’s incantatory … Continue reading

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2014 Featured Festival Poet: Tung Hui Hu

Posted on by Victoria Russell, Festival Assistant

Photo Courtesy of MinePoems.com Below is a video of Tung Hui Hu reading poems from his three books of poetry The Book of Motion, Mine, and Greenhouses, Lighthouses: Hu’s soft delivery beckons the listener to lean closer and pay attention, … Continue reading

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2014 Featured Festival Poet: Marie Howe

Posted on by Martin Farawell, Program Director, Poetry

Marie Howe’s reading of her poem, “The Gate,” opens a portal into her poetry. She has said that “Poetry, to me, is the story of the soul on earth, here and now. What it’s like to be alive, here and … Continue reading

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2014 Featured Festival Poet: Cathy Park Hong

Posted on by Michele Russo, Poetry Coordinator

Photo courtesy of Poetry Foundation For a small peek into Cathy Park Hong’s poetry, watch her read her poem “Ballad of O”: If you hadn’t known ahead of time that the poem only uses one vowel, would you have realized … Continue reading

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2014 Featured Festival Poet: Ona Gritz

Posted on by Victoria Russell, Festival Assistant

Photo courtesy of MainStreetRag.com No corner of Ona Gritz’s house is closed to the public. When Gritz writes a poem, she invites readers to sit at her kitchen table, on her living room couch, at the foot of her bed. … Continue reading

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2014 Featured Festival Poet: Claudia Emerson

Posted on by Martin Farawell, Program Director, Poetry

Watch the Cortland Review’s Poets in Person with Claudia Emerson and her husband, musician Kent Ippolito, for a delightful introduction to one of our 2014 Festival Poets. The tour of her home is, in many ways, a brief tour of … Continue reading

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2014 Featured Festival Poet: Camille Dungy

Posted on by Michele Russo, Poetry Coordinator

Photo by Ray Black, University of Georgia, courtesy of PoetryFoundation.org To get to know Camille Dungy, watch her read “before her heart, a mechanical aperture, closed” which starts at 7:50 here: The poem risks heading into the world of cliché—a … Continue reading

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2014 Featured Festival Poet: Rita Dove

Posted on by Martin Farawell, Program Directory, Poetry

Listen to Rita Dove read “American Smooth” at the 2010 Dodge Poetry Festival. It’s widely known that poet Rita Dove is the youngest person, and the first African-American, to be appointed United States Poet Laureate. Her biographies inevitably offer some … Continue reading

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2014 Featured Festival Poet: Mark Doty

Posted on by Martin Farawell, Program Director, Poetry

In Still Life with Oysters and Lemon, Mark Doty’s book-length meditation on art and poetry, he concludes that poems exist “as advocates of intimacy, as embodiments of paradox, as witnesses to earth, here, this moment, now. Evidence, thus, that tenderness … Continue reading

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2014 Featured Festival Poet: David Daniel

Posted on by Michele Russo, Poetry Coordinator

Image courtesy of Connotation Press David Daniel’s most singular creation is WAMFEST, the Words and Music Festival, which annually brings together writers and musicians to play, collaborate and have discussions that explore the commonality between songwriting and poetry writing, and … Continue reading

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2014 Featured Festival Poet: Brendan Constantine

Posted on by Victoria Russell, Festival Assistant

Photo courtesy of Indelible Ink on Flickr Commons Brendan Constantine reimagines the familiar and the mysterious, delicately balancing playfulness and poignancy, to create intriguing poems worth reading again and again. His performance style, meanwhile, is just as arresting. Watch him … Continue reading

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2014 Featured Festival Poet: Dave Caserio

Posted on by Martin Farawell, Program Director, Poetry

Listen to Festival Poet Dave Caserio read “Forensic Love” with musician Parker Brown. His relishing of the sheer physicality of language is evident from the first through the last word of his poem. For Caserio, poetry begins in the breath, … Continue reading

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2014 Featured Festival Poet: Billy Collins

Posted on by Martin Farawell, Program Director, Poetry

Billy Collins has said that a poem should be like a carnival ride: as soon as it is done, you want to get right back on and ride it again. So, click on the image below, and take a ride … Continue reading

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2014 Featured Festival Poet: Eavan Boland

Posted on by Martin Farawell, Program Director, Poetry

For those of you lucky enough to have heard poet Eavan Boland at the 2012 Festival, you already know what a powerful poet and reader she is, and what an engaging and eloquent speaker. If you’re unfamiliar with her work, … Continue reading

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