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Saturday, May 15 • 4:45pm - 5:45pm
State of Poetry Panel

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The State of Poetry Panel returns! This year's panel will focus on the impact of the pandemic on American poets and poetry. Speakers will cover various aspects of the industry, including publishing, criticism, academia, and writing. This year's panelists are celebrated poets Jen Benka, Martín Espada, Jonathan Galassi, and Tyehimba Jess. Hosted by Cristela Guerra of WBUR.

Link to recording:  https://salemstate.zoom.us/rec/share/sFnkztCeSTRS5GS0V_kyrVytD9j5WRHOgFiYMPL4U57_M7P-De1CTANLlVO8k8pH.FnSElmz0I7lsmu39?startTime=1621111539000

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Cristela Guerra

Senior Arts and Culture Reporter, WBUR's TheARTery
Cristela Guerra is an award-winning journalist and senior arts and culture reporter for WBUR’s The ARTery. She worked nearly four years at The Boston Globe beginning in the features department and then making her way back to Metro. She’s covered the Covid pandemic, blizzards... Read More →

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Tyehimba Jess

Tyehimba Jess is the author of two books of poetry, Leadbelly and Olio. Olio won the 2017 Pulitzer Prize, the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, The Midland Society Author’s Award in Poetry, and received an Outstanding Contribution to Publishing Citation from the Black Caucus of the American... Read More →
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Martín Espada

Martín Espada has published more than twenty books as a poet, editor, essayist, and translator. His new book of poems from Norton is called Floaters. Other books of poems include Vivas to Those Who Have Failed (2016), The Trouble Ball (2011), The Republic of Poetry (2006... Read More →
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Jen Benka

President and Executive Director, Academy of American Poets
Jen Benka serves as the President & Executive Director of the Academy of American Poets, the producer of Poets.org and Poem-a-Day, and the largest supporter of poets and poetry organizations in the nation. Jen is also the author of two poetry collections, and writes and tweets about the imp... Read More →
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Jonathan Galassi

Jonathan Galassi is the president of Farrar, Straus and Giroux. He has published three books of poetry and translations of the poetry of Eugenio Monltale, Giacomo Leopardi, and Primo Levi.  His first novel, Muse, was published in 2015. He is co-editor with Robyn Creswell of THE FSG... Read More →

Saturday May 15, 2021 4:45pm - 5:45pm EDT