Join us on Wednesday, October 11 at our virtual celebration for The Book Eaters (winner of the 2023 Perugia Press Prize) featuring Carolina Hotchandani & special guests Jennifer K. Sweeney, Lynne Thompson & Catherine Barnett. Free, but register ahead. 4:30 PT / 6:30 CT / 7:30 ET
CAROLINA HOTCHANDANI is a Latinx/South Asian poet born in Brazil and raised in various parts of the United States. She holds degrees from Brown, Texas State, and Northwestern universities. Her honors include fellowships from Tin House Writers’ Workshop, Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and Napa Valley Writers’ Conference. Her poetry has appeared in AGNI, Alaska Quarterly Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, Blackbird, Cincinnati Review, Prairie Schooner, and other journals. She is a Goodrich Assistant Professor of English in Omaha, Nebraska, where she lives with her husband and daughter. The Book Eaters won the 2023 Perugia Press Prize and is her debut collection.
JENNIFER K. SWEENEY is the author of four poetry collections: Foxlogic, Fireweed (Backwaters Press/Univ. of Nebraska), Little Spells, How to Live on Bread and Music (Perugia, 2009) which received the James Laughlin Award, the Perugia Press Prize, and a nomination for the Poets’ Prize, and Salt Memory. The collaborative chapbook, Dear Question, with Perugia pressmate, L.I. Henley, will be published in 2024 from Glass Lyre Press. The recipient of a Pushcart Prize, her poems have appeared widely in journals, and appear most recently in Birdcoat Quarterly, Guesthouse, OneArt, Orion, Poetry Northwest, Sixth Finch, Terrain, The Shore, and Waxwing.
LYNNE THOMPSON was Los Angeles’ 2021-22 Poet Laureate and is a Poet Laureate Fellow of the Academy of American Poets. She is the author of three collections of poetry, including Beg No Pardon (Perugia, 2007) and Fretwork, winner of the 2019 Marsh Hawk Poetry Prize. Her fourth collection, Blue on A Blue Palette, will be published by BOA Editions in spring 2024. Her recent work can be found or is forthcoming in Best American Poetry, Kenyon Review, Massachusetts Review, The Slowdown, and the anthology In the Tempered Dark: Contemporary Poets Transcending Elegy. Thompson sits on the boards of the Los Angeles Review of Books, Cave Canem, and The Poetry Foundation.
CATHERINE BARNETT is the author of three poetry collections, Human Hours (Graywolf, 2018), Winner of the Believer Book Award for Poetry and Finalist for the Four Quartets Prize; The Game of Boxes (Graywolf, 2012); and Into Perfect Spheres Such Holes Are Pierced (Alice James, 2004). She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and a 2022 Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She is a Clinical Professor in the Creative Writing Program at NYU and lives in New York City, where she also teaches privately and works as an independent editor. Her fourth book of poems, Solutions for the Problem of Bodies in Space, will be published by Graywolf Press in May 2024.