The 2018 Gathering of Poets | Save the date!

It has been a deep honor and pleasure to work on The Gathering of Poets the past two years with Richard Krawiec and Jacar Press. A couple of weeks ago, Jacar Press announced that Lynn Emanuel will be on the faculty for the Gathering of Poets to be held March 24, 2018 in Winston-Salem, NC at The Historic Brookstown Inn.

We are thrilled to announce that Patricia Spears Jones, Zeina Hashem Beck, and Gary Fincke will be joining her. We are awaiting confirmation from two others.

Lynn Emanuel is the author of five books of poetry, most recently The Nerve of It: Poems New and Selected (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2015), winner of the 2016 Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize.

Her work has been featured many times in the Pushcart Prize Anthology and Best American Poetry and is included in The Oxford Book of American Poetry.

She has been a poetry editor for the Pushcart Prize Anthology, a member of the Literature Panel for the National Endowment for the Arts, and a judge for the National Book Awards. She has been, as well, the recipient of numerous awards including the Eric Matthieu King Award from The Academy of American Poets, two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, a fellowship from the Ranieri Foundation and the National Poetry Series.

Photo by Rachel Eliza Griffiths.

Patricia Spears Jones was this year’s winner of the $50,000 Jackson Poetry Prize given for “exceptional talent” that merits greater recognition. Previous winners included Claudia Rankine and Elizabeth Alexander. Judges said,

“Patricia Spears Jones‘ poems are made of fever, bones, and breath. The fever of eros, the bones of family and friends, and the breath of everyday existence.” Among her books are “Painkiller,” ”Femme du Monde” and, most recently, “A Lucent Fire: New and Selected Poems.” She has led workshops at Cave Canem and Poets House and is on the faculty of Bloomfield College.

 

Zeina Hashem Beck. Lee Hoagland / The National

We are also bringing Zeina Hashem Beck in from Lebanon. Of her second collection Naomi Shihab Nye wrote, “Everything Arabic we treasure comes alive in these poems. Readers will feel restored to so many homes, revived, amazed. Zeina Hashem Beck writes with a brilliant, absolutely essential voice.” We are also bringing Zeina Hashem Beck in from Lebanon. Of her second collection Naomi Shihab Nye wrote, “Everything Arabic we treasure comes alive in these poems. Readers will feel restored to so many homes, revived, amazed. Zeina Hashem Beck writes with a brilliant, absolutely essential voice.” 3arabi Song, selected from 1720 manuscripts was winner of the 2016 Rattle Chapbook Prize, and There Was and How Much There Was, chosen by Carol Ann Duffy. Zeina’s first book, To Live in Autumn, centered on Beirut, won the 2013 Backwaters Prize and was a runner-up for the 2014 Julie Suk Award.
Gary Fincke, a widely praised teacher and author of 13 poetry collections is a Winner of the Bess Hokin Prize from Poetry magazine(other winners include Adrienne Rich, W.S. Merwin, Claudia Rankine, Billy Collins) and author of, most recently, Bringing Back the Bones: New and Selected Poems. His collection After the Three-Moon Era was selected by Chana Bloch as the 2015 Jacar Press full-length poetry winner.

We’re already excited about next year’s weekend conference. If you would like to attend, watch Jacar Press’ Gathering page or on Facebook for upcoming announcements and how to reserve your space.

 

 

 

 

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