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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 Kayleb Rae Candrilli September 20, 2021

    It is not an easy path to monetize your art. It’s not easy in the logistical sense, but it’s also not easy emotionally. I want to be pragmatic about the...

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    By Kayleb Rae Candrilli September 7, 2021

    The weight of this moment is undeniably heavy, and there is no other recorded time in human history I yearn for.

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    By Tamiko Beyer August 16, 2021

    A poem is a gift. Ephemeral when spoken or recited aloud. Impossible to fully grasp, hold, or hoard.

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    By Tamiko Beyer August 2, 2021

    A section of my bookshelf is dedicated to my most delicate, most precious books. They are hand-made, photocopied, stitched, or held together by binder clips. They are zines and comics....

    Assortment of chapbooks and zines.
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    By Nicholas Wong July 19, 2021

      “[T]he drawing/ starts with a jab and goes/ round and round larger and/ larger  faster and faster/ like the children who swirl/ faster and faster–” (Louise Bourgeois). I, too, need to...

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    By Nicholas Wong July 6, 2021

    “There’s no clarity,” a gallery director said about my artwork. “It’s not visually appealing, either.” His words hit me, half traumatizing me and half pushing me to reflect on my...

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    By Silvina López Medin June 28, 2021

    In late 2021, Ugly Duckling Presse, where I am an editor, will publish a trilingual edition (in Guaraní, Spanish, and English) of a chapbook by the contemporary Paraguayan poet Miguelángel...

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    By Silvina López Medin June 7, 2021

    In the opening paragraph of her book, MOTHERs, Rachel Zucker says, “In fifteen minutes I’ll need to stop writing and pick up my son.” I had never encountered that feeling...

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    By Alessandra Lynch May 17, 2021

    I love lighthouses, shafts of light tilting into water, scanning slowly back and forth. Some of them radiating several planes of foggy light, ghostly windmills. Some with thin beams, piercing as the...

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    By Alessandra Lynch May 6, 2021

    In this harsh light, in this siren-light, these panics, this pandemic, the air heavy with gloom, with violence—the news hard to bear, sleep broken into nightly by that assailant Terror,...

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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...