Live Stream Poetrio: Arhm Choi Wild, David Keplinger, Rick Campbell

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Join us for our monthly poetry event featuring three poets. This month, we welcome Arhm Choi Wild, David Keplinger, and Rick Campbell! 

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Arhm Choi Wild is a queer, Korean-American poet and the author of CUT TO BLOOM, winner of the 2019 Write Bloody Prize. Arhm received a MFA in Poetry from Sarah Lawrence College and their work appears in Barrow Street, The Massachusetts Review, Pleiades, Split this Rock, and others. They have received fellowships from Kundiman, the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, and the Martha’s Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing, and was a finalist for the 2020 Poetic Excellence Prize from Button Poetry. They work as the Director of the Progressive Teaching Institute and Diversity Coordinator at a school in New York City. For more information, visit arhmchoiwild.com

What does it take to unlearn the survival instinct of trauma? What does it take to choose our tools instead of wearing down the ones we’ve been handed? In Cut to Bloom, Arhm Choi Wild attempts to forge answers to these questions by navigating the hyphen, sometimes chasm, between the Asian and American identity, between queerness and the politics of belonging, between survival and the possibility of choice. While talking back to the colonialism of strict poetic form, this book attempts to disrupt clear definitions and redefine the American identity as one that is constructed more by questions than answers. This book celebrates the self-made, rogue bouquet, the taking of what you were given and transforming it into something you could make a gift of, and examines what needs to be pruned in order to arrive at this transformation.

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David Keplinger is the author of seven books of poetry, recently Another City (Milkweed Editions, 2018), which was awarded the 2019 UNT Rilke Prize, and The Long Answer: Selected and New Poems (Texas A&M, 2020). He was the 2020 recipient of the Emily Dickinson Award from the Poetry Society of America, as well as a past recipient of the Cavafy Prize from Poetry International, the Colorado Book Award, the T.S. Eliot Prize, and two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts. His volumes of translations include the 2017 collection, The Art of Topiary (Jan Wagner), and Forty-One Objects (Carsten René Nielsen), which was a finalist for the 2020 National Translation Award. His work has appeared in Poetry, Ploughshares, The Paris Review, AGNI, The New England Review, American Poetry Review, and other journals. He lives in Washington, D.C., and teaches at American University. To read more, davidkeplingerpoetry.com

The World to Come is a book-length meditation on creation and destruction, whose subjects range from Newtonian physics, quantum mechanics, and medieval concepts of astronomy, to contemporary politics and pop culture. Influenced by the writings of Calvino, Borges, and de Saint-Exupéry, these are prose poems of the marvelously distant and the ultra-close, but conflated in time and space, and described as the ordinary realities which indeed they are."

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Rick Campbell is a poet and essayist living on Alligator Point, Florida. His most recent collection of poems is Provenance (Blue Horse Press.)  He’s published six other poetry books as well as poems and essays in journals including The Georgia Review, Prairie Schooner, Gargoyle, Fourth River, Kestrel, and the Alabama Literary Review. He’s won a Pushcart Prize and a NEA Fellowship in Poetry. He teaches in the Sierra Nevada University MFA Program.

In Provenance, Rick Campbell looks clearly at a life with “father, mother, brother, dead,” where the past rises in poems that read like beautiful sad postcards. These are poems of wisdom come by the hard way. But this book is not elegy, even if we “can’t count on angels anymore.” These poems also richly celebrate—river, heron, hawk, friendship, love—“affirming the heart’s / wild desire.” Even as they chronicle loss, they are singing the shining world into being where, at least for a moment, everything “is a small great blessing.” 

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Cut to Bloom Cover Image
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