2022 Featured Poets

Poet Susan Briante

Susan Briante is the author most recently of Defacing the Monument, a series of essays on immigration, archives, aesthetics and the state, winner of the Poetry Foundation’s Pegasus Award for Poetry Criticism in 2021. Briante is also the author of three books of poetry:  Pioneers in the Study of Motion, Utopia Minus, and The Market Wonders. She is a professor of English and director of the creative writing program at the University of Arizona. There she serves as co-coordinator of the Southwest Field Studies in Writing Program, which brings MFA students to the US-Mexico border to engage in reciprocal research projects with community-based environmental and social justice groups. 

Lauren Camp is the author of five books, most recently Took House (Tupelo Press). She is the recipient of the Dorset Prize and was a finalist for the Arab American Book Award, Housatonic Book Award, and New Mexico-Arizona Book Award. Her poems have appeared in Kenyon Review, Poem-a-Day, Prairie Schooner, Blackbird, and elsewhere, and been translated into Mandarin, Turkish, Spanish, and Arabic. Her work has been supported by a Black Earth Institute fellowship and residencies with Denver Botanic Gardens, the Taft-Nicholson Center, and Grand Canyon National Park. www.laurencamp.com 

Eleanor Kedney is the author of Between the Earth and Sky (C&R Press, 2020), a finalist for the 2021 New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards and the 2020 Best Book Awards. She is the recipient of the 2019 riverSedge Poetry Prize (University of Texas Rio Grande Valley) and a 2020 Mslexia Finalist Prize. Kedney is the founder of the Tucson branch of the New York-based Writers Studio and was the director for ten years. Learn more at eleanorkedney.com.

TC Tolbert identifies as a trans and genderqueer feminist, collaborator, mover, and poet. And, s/he’s a human in love with humans doing human things. S/he is author of Gephyromania (Ahsahta Press 2014 and re-released in 2022 by Nightboat Books), five chapbooks, and co-editor of Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics (Nightboat Books 2013). TC was awarded an Academy of American Poets’ Laureate Fellowship in 2019 for his work with trans, non-binary, and queer folks as Tucson’s Poet Laureate. S/he also loves collaborating with wood. www.tctolbert.com 

Myra Kamal is a Pakistani-American writer based in Arizona, where she serves as the 2021-22 Phoenix Youth Poet Laureate. She has been recognized by the National YoungArts Foundation and the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. She is also an alum of the Adroit Journal 2021 Summer Mentorship Program and serves as Editor-in-Chief of the online youth literary magazine, the borderline. Her work is forthcoming in the Journal and the Kenyon Review. She was born in 2004.

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