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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

    • A black woman with long braided hair wearing a yellow top and a black cardigan. There is a plant with big leaf in the cream yellow background.

      Shayla Lawz is a writer and interdisciplinary artist from Jersey City. She holds a BA in English from Rutgers University and an MFA in Literary Arts from Brown University. Her debut poetry...

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      Poet, novelist, journalist, translator, and teacher Achy Obejas was born in Havana, Cuba. When she was six years old, she and her family immigrated to the United States during the...

    • A white woman with short red hair wearing a green pullover and a plaid overalls standing by a tree. The background is bright green.

      Kim Moore was born in Leicester, England. Her first chapbook If We Could Speak Like Wolves was a winner in the 2011 Poetry Business Pamphlet Competition, and went on to...

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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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    By Cody-Rose Clevidence December 13, 2021

    Often I wonder why anyone ever reads anything that’s not informative. Poetry is usually not cool animal facts, it rarely explains the economy to us, let alone how to replace...

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    By Noah Warren December 6, 2021

    Why is it that the encounter with a text, which stimulates what must be thinking—an alert fullness; the wary thrill of standing a little beyond oneself; emergent novelty; the threat...

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    By Muriel Leung November 29, 2021

    A longtime mentor and friend, the poet and visual artist Truong Tran has gifted me many things, from guidance towards my first book (“Write the book as if you are...

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    By Cody-Rose Clevidence November 22, 2021

    We live in a communal experiment called the world. We were born into architectures of thought and art and culture that have been being built for millennia, shaped by all...

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    By Noah Warren November 8, 2021

    Non enim erat tunc. There was no then. —St. Augustine (epigraph to M. NourbeSe Philip's “Sal,” from Zong!)   In my earlier post (here), I began where I was, trying to ground—physically, epistemologically—some experimental work. I read...

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    By Muriel Leung November 1, 2021

    Tell me about disappearance, and I will tell you about palimpsests. Everything we try to erase still manages to leave something behind.

    Etching on paper in black, white, and a smattering of colors,  and a range of forms,  including curves, lines, and circles.
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    By Jonah Mixon-Webster October 25, 2021

    Though the use of the N-word will largely remain a project of ambivalence (the pains/haunts of history in contrast to the flights/fights for freedom), it is still a cultural priority...

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    By Cody-Rose Clevidence October 18, 2021

    In his introduction to the anthology The Unwritten Song, Willard R. Trask cites what he calls "one of the very few detailed accounts of composition that … describes a process in...

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    By Muriel Leung October 11, 2021

    (Content Warning: Mention of suicide and sexual violence)

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    By Noah Warren October 4, 2021

    I’m writing from Berkeley, California, a city deeply imprinted by histories of experiment: in literature as in politics, the personal, the social.

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Previous Bloggers

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      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...