The Best New Poets anthology series showcases tremendous work by some of today’s most brilliant emerging poets. We’re thrilled to be hosting six contributors from the new 2017 edition, selected by Natalie Diaz. Come hear work by Sarah Bates, Christina Im, Erin L. McCoy, Alyssa Ogi, Caitlin Roach, and Amanda Turner, and celebrate with us the publication of Best New Poets 2017!
Sarah Bates has an MFA in Poetry from Northern Michigan University and currently teaches at Southern Utah University in Cedar City, Utah. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Rumpus, Meridian, Seneca Review, Poor Claudia, Hotel Amerika, Colorado Review, Rattle, and The Normal School, among others.
Erin L. McCoy holds an MFA in Poetry and an MA in Hispanic Studies from the University of Washington. Her poem, “Futures,” was selected by Natalie Diaz for inclusion in Best New Poets 2017. Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Bennington Review, Pleiades, DIAGRAM, Cimarron Review, and other publications. She is Community Outreach Coordinator and Public Relations Manager for Open Books, Seattle’s poetry-only bookstore, and has received a Fulbright Fellowship and the Oakley Hall III Memorial Scholarship to attend the Community of Writers in Squaw Valley, California, among other awards. She is from Louisville, Kentucky. Her website is erinlmccoy.com.
Christina Im is a Korean-American writer and student from Portland, Oregon. A Best of the Net nominee, she was named a 2017 Finalist in Writing (Poetry) by the National YoungArts Foundation. Her poetry has appeared in Strange Horizons, The Adroit Journal, and The Blueshift Journal, among others. In addition, her work has been recognized by Bennington College, Hollins University, Princeton University, and the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers. Her poem “Meanwhile in America” was selected by Natalie Diaz for inclusion in Best New Poets 2017.
Alyssa Ogi is a writer and adjunct instructor in Portland, OR. She received her MFA from the University of Oregon, and her poetry can be found in The Crab Orchard Review, burntdistrict, and other journals.
Caitlin Roach is a poet from California currently living in the Southwest. She earned an MFA in poetry from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she was a Provost Fellow and a recipient of a Postgraduate Fellowship. Her poems appear or are forthcoming in Best New Poets 2017, Poetry Northwest, Colorado Review, West Branch, Copper Nickel, The Journal, Prelude, Handsome, and The Iowa Review. She teaches creative writing and literature at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where she is an assistant professor-in-residence. More information can be found at caitlinroach.com.
Amanda Turner is the author of the chapbook Of Nectar, selected and
introduced by A. Van Jordan for the 2015 Poetry Society of America Chapbook
Fellowship. A graduate of Columbia University’s School of the Arts, she has
taught poetry writing and composition at Santa Clara University and has served
as an assistant poetry editor for Poetry Northwest. Her poems have appeared in
Calyx, The Western Humanities Review, COLUMBIA: A Journal of Literature and
Art, The Sycamore Review, Fourteen Hills, and other publications. She lives in
Portland, Oregon with her husband and daughter.