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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 Benjamín Naka-Hasebe Kingsley April 28, 2021

    Again and again, we press the needle of experience into our body and push: You and I step onto the platform, one body inside another, consciousness to consciousness—upon a chalk-dusted stage—we...

    Cover image of Benjamin Naka-Hasebe Kingsley's Book, DEMOS
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    By Benjamín Naka-Hasebe Kingsley April 14, 2021

    An eighteen-gauge syringe teeters like a spent cigarette on the edge of a kitchen plate. The pinky-length needle is gently curved with reuse, sticky now with amber, the dark honey...

    Hypodermic needle against pink background.
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    By Alice Notley March 23, 2021

    This book forthcoming, my first art book, has happened so quickly, as “written” and as published, that I can scarcely describe it. As I say in my intro, I bought...

    flower drawing and handwritten poem by Alice Notley, from her book Runes and Chords
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    By Alice Notley March 4, 2021

    I live alone in a culture that speaks a language, French, that's not my native one. My work, writing poetry, is solitary. Most of my professional activity that involves meeting...

    Concrete poem by Alice Notley, in the shape of an ark, form her book For the Ride (p. 21).
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    By Asiya Wadud February 25, 2021

    (read Part I of Asiya Wadud's "Drift" here)  Songe: think, consider, dream Josué Guébo’s Think of Lampedusa is a threnody for the 366 people killed in the 2013 shipwreck of a boat...

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    By Asiya Wadud February 16, 2021

    In the Merriam Webster Dictionary, drift the noun and drift the verb are defined in a handful of interlocking and overlapping terms. Each time a new meaning is offered, the...

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    By Taylor Johnson January 26, 2021

    "there is no absolute, only / surface rise on top of rise" —Christopher Gilbert, “Blues/The Blue Case against the Lack Of”   Not necessarily an urge, not immediacy, not definition as truth,...

    Light Fan, an abstract acrylic painting by Sam Gilliam
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    By Taylor Johnson January 12, 2021

    “On the streets there was word / of a presence. You were among / the throng caught up in the moment.” – Christopher Gilbert, “You, the Piece That Was There” Some...

    Martin Puryear's sculpture Vessel: an ampersand in a wooden container sits on a tile floor
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    By Alec Finlay December 22, 2020

    (read Part I of Alec Finlay's "On Not Walking" here) II. Coronavirus has, once again, collapsed my cycle, scratching my lungs and tightening my heart. Six months in and there’s no easing, no...

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    By Alec Finlay December 8, 2020

    In March of this year I found myself unable to walk – a bout of coronavirus in the week before lockdown (UK) turned chronic and hasn’t lifted. Unable to walk...

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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...

    • A long hair Asian woman in a green floral dress smiling in front of a grey colored fence

      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...

    • A skinhead white male with beard in a green t-shirt sitting beside a couch where a dog is lying down

      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...