Monsters of Poetry April 2016

Welcome to the spring and the fire and the exact opposite of the cold, cold vacuum of space! Monsters of Poetry presents: Erika Meitner, Mark Levine, Emily Wilson, Josh Bell, and Emilia Phillips.


Poet Erika Meitner

Erika Meitner is the author of four books of poems, including Ideal Cities (HarperCollins, 2010), which was a 2009 National Poetry series winner, and Copia, which was published by BOA Editions in 2014. Meitner’s poems have been anthologized widely, and have appeared most recently in Tin House, Ploughshares, The New York Times Magazine, and on Poem-A-Day from the Academy of American Poets. In 2014-15 she was the US-UK Fulbright Scholar in Creative Writing at the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry at Queen’s University Belfast. She is currently an associate professor of English at Virginia Tech, where she directs the MFA program in Creative Writing.


Mark Levine has published four books of poems, Debt (1993, a National Poetry Series winner); Enola Gay (2000) and The Wilds (2006), both from University of California Press; and Travels of Marco, recently published by Four Way Books. Levine is also the author of a book of nonfiction, and has had articles published in The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, and Outside. He teaches at the Iowa Writers' Workshop.


Emily Wilson is the author of The Keep (2001) and Micrographia (2008) from University of Iowa Press, and The Great Medieval Yellows (2015) from Canarium. She has received an NEA grant in poetry, and has taught at Colby College, University of Montana, Grinnell College and Iowa. She also runs Spurwink Press, which publishes poetry in small letterpress editions. Emily and Mark Levine co-edit the Kuhl House Poets book series at University of Iowa Press.

Josh Bell is the author of No Planets Strike and Alamo Theory. He's a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, has taught in the MFA program at Columbia University, and is currently Briggs Copeland Lecturer at Harvard University.


Poet Emilia Phillips

Emilia Phillips is the author of two poetry collections from the University of Akron Press, Groundspeed (2016) and Signaletics (2013), and three chapbooks. Her poems and lyric essays appear in Agni, Boston Review, Gulf Coast, The Kenyon Review, New England Review, Ninth Letter, Poetry, Ploughshares, StoryQuarterly, and elsewhere. She is the Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Centenary College of New Jersey.


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