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Featured Bloggers

Every quarter, Harriet Books invites several poets to blog on a theme related to contemporary poetry and poetics. The theme for Summer 2022 is “Poetry and Politics.”

Featured Bloggers

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    By Shayla Lawz July 25, 2022

    Art exists in the space of transformation.                            It lives in our minds and bodies intimately, ready to be called upon in our time of need: whether when we recall...

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    By Achy Obejas July 11, 2022

    When my bilingual poetry collection, Boomerang/Bumerán, was published last year, I felt a tremendous sense of gratification at seeing one of its central elements—the use of non-gendered language, particularly in Spanish—recognized, and...

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  • Featured Blogger
    By Shayla Lawz July 25, 2022

    Art exists in the space of transformation.                            It lives in our minds and bodies intimately, ready to be called upon in our time of need: whether when we recall...

    Abstract image of yellow and red light.
  • Featured Blogger
    By Achy Obejas July 11, 2022

    When my bilingual poetry collection, Boomerang/Bumerán, was published last year, I felt a tremendous sense of gratification at seeing one of its central elements—the use of non-gendered language, particularly in Spanish—recognized, and...

    white three dimensional alphabet pieces arranged, in no discernible order, in a square shape, with random alphabet around it, against a black backdrop.
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    By Kim Moore July 5, 2022

    In the pub after a reading, a man comes up to me to tell me how men of his generation (he seems to be in his late twenties/early thirties but...

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    By Lucia LoTempio June 30, 2022

    I once hosted a post-reading dinner for a well-liked poet who moved between the bounds of academic poet and community poet. There was an imaginary line that bisected the long...

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    By Jenna Peng June 27, 2022

    If the pressing question was, what is the meaning of my reading in the world, the more general, more immediate inquiry can be: how is reading—the notion I have belabored,...

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    By Noah Baldino June 22, 2022

    Revision is a form of futurity; it believes that a more particular language will emerge.  In my formative undergraduate studies, it was instilled in me that a poem cannot be good...

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    By Chaelee Dalton May 31, 2022

    Before I saw Turning Red, I heard about it. More accurately, I read about it, or I read about the movie refracted through another review which finished by definitively declaring...

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    By Noah Baldino May 23, 2022

    If it resists me, I know it’s real ~Frank Bidart A few years ago, I made a crucial change in my manuscript, the kind that returns one’s entire body of work to...

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    By Jenna Peng May 16, 2022

    I had this terrible need to explain.  I wrote the first post not to explain myself. I wrote it as the drive away from, the drive referring back to, the terrible...

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    By Chaelee Dalton May 2, 2022

    I am 21 years old and I have never published a poem. More importantly, I am 21 years old and I do not have a driver’s license, and my best...

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Previous Bloggers

    • A long haired woman in a plaid shirt in front of a teal colored brick wall

      Lucia LoTempio is the author of Hot with the Bad Things (Alice James Books, 2020). With Suzannah Russ Spaar, she co-authored the chapbook Undone in Scarlet (Tammy, 2019). LoTempio serves on the editorial board for...

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      Jenna Peng is a reader for Poetry Magazine, associate editor of the Asian American Literary Review, and an organizer for the Smithsonian Asian American Literature Festival. She writes hybrid literary/arts criticism and occupies Shawandasse Tula territory...

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      Noah Baldino is a writer and editor from Illinois. Their poems have appeared in Poem-a-Day, Jewish Currents, New England Review, and elsewhere. A graduate of the Knox College Creative Writing Program and...

    • A short hair, spectacled Asian woman wearing a colorful shirt and smiling in front of trees

      Chae(lee) Dalton is a wintertime writer and summertime ice cream maker. They are the author of the poetry chapbook Mother Tongue (Gold Line Press 2021), and their work appears in The Offing, Pinwheel, Penn Review, and...