"Poems for a Dark Time." The poems themselves include some dark themes, but some more uplifting moments, designed to get us through dark times. The readers will be "responding" to each other's poems, with some commentary, making the session more like a "conversation" among the poets and less like individual talking heads.
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Meryl Natchez’ latest book of poetry, Catwalk, is forthcoming from Longship Press. Previous books include: Jade Suit, and two books of translations: Poems From the Stray Dog Café, and Tadeusz Borowski: Selected Poems. Her work has appeared in Hudson Review, Literary Matters, Poetry Northwest, ZYZZYVA, and many others.
Terry Lucas is the author of two full-length poetry collections: Dharma Rain (Saint Julian Press, 2017) and In This Room (CW Books, 2016). His two prize-winning chapbooks are Altar Call (San Gabriel Valley Literary Festival, 2013) and If They Have Ears to Hear (Southeast Missouri State University Press, 2012). The Thing Itself, a collection of new and selected poems in collaboration with photographs by Gary Topper, is forthcoming from Longship Press in November of this year. His poems, reviews, and essays have appeared in numerous national literary journals. An excerpt of his memoir, Flight, appears in the current issue of Great River Review, Minnesota’s oldest literary journal. Terry is a regular speaker at Dominican University’s Low-Residency MFA Program and a free-lance writing coach.
Troy Jollimore is the author of three books of poems: Tom Thomson in Purgatory (2006), At Lake Scugog (2011), and Syllabus of Errors (2015). Tom Thomson in Purgatory won the National Book Critics Circle Award. As a philosopher he has authored On Loyalty and Love’s Vision. He has published poems in the New Yorker, McSweeney’s, Poetry, The Believer, and elsewhere, and has been the recipient of fellowships from the Stanford Humanities Center, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and the Guggenheim Foundation.
Heather Altfeld is a poet and essayist. Her two books of poetry are “Post-Mortem” (forthcoming Summer 2020) and “The Disappearing Theatre” (2016). Her work is featured or forthcoming in the 2019 Best American Essays, Orion Magazine, Aeon Magazine, Conjunctions, Narrative Magazine, and others. She lives in Northern California.