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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 Michael Torres November 24, 2020

    It’s Wednesday, November 4th, the day after the 2020 election. I’m on a walk with my wife as we trade off pushing our daughter in the stroller. There’s a park...

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    By Michael Torres November 10, 2020

    There are the poems I manage to write, and then, because I don’t believe in “throwing away” poems, there are the poems I’ve begun but don’t know how to finish....

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    By Tyree Daye October 20, 2020

    I didn’t open the pages of Angles of Ascent: A Norton Anthology of Contemporary African American Poetry (edited by Charles Henry Rowell) until I was pursuing my MFA at North Carolina State...

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    By Tyree Daye October 6, 2020

    I learned to call it a redbird before a cardinal. My mother pointed and said, “look, there’s a redbird,” and my little face turned to the sky. Where I’m from,...

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    By Kimberly Alidio September 15, 2020

    Whenever poet Kim Hyesoon is asked whether her poetry represents her country — a question that is rarely asked of a poet whose work is perceived to be rooted in...

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    By Kimberly Alidio September 1, 2020

    I have a newly released book (from Belladonna*) that undoes in language normative relations of self, lover, body, nature, verb, noun, adjective. This description is from the book’s metadata, which...

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    By Sabrina Orah Mark August 24, 2020

    When my sons were babies they only slept if they slept like metaphors. I swaddled them. I wrapped them tight in a soft muslin blanket printed with moons or trees...

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    By Sabrina Orah Mark August 11, 2020

    In Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, a children’s book by Mill Martin Jr. and John Archambault, the whole alphabet climbs up a tree. The letters are so heavy the trunk bends...

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    By Marianne Boruch July 28, 2020

    COVID. But the sorrow doesn’t stop. The best escapes from lockdown have meant walks in the woods. I can praise our favorite trails or new lush spots that friends in our...

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    By Marianne Boruch July 14, 2020

    Since lockdown and now its loosening at the end of May, the governors declaring for good or ill their phases for opening stores and restaurants a sliver then halfsies then...

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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...