Please tune in tomorrow night, Wednesday the 15th, at 7pm for a special FSG poetry reading at Lit Hub’s Virtual Book Channel. Host Hannah Aizenman, poetry coordinator at The New Yorker, will be joined by three poets, Eliza Griswold, Shane McCrae, and Valzhyna Mort, who will read from their latest collections. The poets will also be taking questions from the (virtual) audience (at this point even “I have more of a comment than a question” will be deemed acceptable). See below for more on the evening’s readers.
You’ll be able to join the event at this link.
Eliza Griswold is the author, most recently, of If Men, Then, her second book of poems, and of Amity and Prosperity: One Family and the Fracturing of America, for which she won the Pulitzer Prize for general nonfiction, in 2019. Griswold has held fellowships at Harvard Divinity School, Harvard University, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the New America Foundation, among others, and has been awarded various prizes, including the Ridenhour Prize and the J. Anthony Lukas Prize for her nonfiction, a PEN/Translation Prize, and the Rome Prize for her poetry. She is currently a Distinguished Writer in Residence at New York University and a contributing writer at The New Yorker.
Shane McCrae is the author of several books of poetry: The Gilded Auction Block; In the Language of My Captor, which was a finalist for the National Book Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and the William Carlos Williams Award; The Animal Too Big to Kill, winner of the 2014 Lexi Rudnitsky / Editor’s Choice Award; Forgiveness Forgiveness; Blood; and Mule. He is the recipient of a Whiting Writers’ Award and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. He teaches at Columbia University and lives in New York City. Farrar, Straus and Giroux will publish Sometimes I Never Suffered on August 4, 2020.
Valzhyna Mort is the author of Factory of Tears and Collected Body. She has received the Lannan Foundation Fellowship, the Bess Hokin Prize from Poetry, the Amy Clampitt Residency, the Gulf Coast Prize in Translation, and the Glenna Luschei Prairie Schooner Award. Born in Minsk, Belarus, she writes in English and Belarusian. Her collection Music for the Dead and Resurrected will be published by FSG this fall.
Host Hannah Aizenman is originally from Birmingham, Alabama, and holds an MFA in poetry from New York University. She works in the poetry department at The New Yorker, and she lives and writes in Brooklyn.