We’re celebrating 40 years of New England Review with readings by Rick Barot, Gabrielle Bates, Keetje Kuipers, Eric McMillan, Susan Rich, Martha Silano, and Lena Khalaf Tuffaha!
Rick Barot has published three volumes of poetry: The Darker Fall (2002), Want (2008), which was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award and won the 2009 Grub Street Book Prize, and Chord (2015), all published by Sarabande Books. Chord received the UNT Rilke Prize, the PEN Open Book Award, and the Publishing Triangle’s Thom Gunn Award. It was also a finalist for the LA Times Book Prize. He has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Artist Trust of Washington, the Civitella Ranieri, and Stanford University, where he was a Wallace E. Stegner Fellow and a Jones Lecturer. He lives in Tacoma, Washington and directs The Rainier Writing Workshop, the low-residency MFA program in creative writing at Pacific Lutheran University. He is the poetry editor for New England Review. His fourth book of poems, The Galleons, is forthcoming from Milkweed Editions in 2020.
Gabrielle Bates works for Open Books: A Poem Emporium and helps edit the Seattle Review, Poetry Northwest, Broadsided Press, and Bull City Press. Her poems and poetry comics appear in the New Yorker, Poetry, New England Review, and Gulf Coast, and she is the recipient of support from the Bread Loaf Writers Conference, Hugo House, and Artist Trust. She is originally from Birmingham, Alabama. www.gabriellebat.es / Twitter: @GabrielleBate
Keetje Kuipers has been a Stegner Fellow, Bread Loaf Fellow, and the Margery Davis Boyden Wilderness Writing Resident. Her work is published widely, and her poems have appeared in the Pushcart Prize and Best American Poetry anthologies. She is the author of the poetry collections Beautiful in the Mouth (BOA, 2010), The Keys to the Jail (BOA, 2014), and All Its Charms(forthcoming BOA, 2019). Senior Editor at Poetry Northwest and on faculty at Hugo House, Keetje lives with her family on an island in the Puget Sound where she is at work on a novel and a memoir.
Eric McMillan served with the 3rd Infantry Division during the Invasion of Iraq in 2003 and commanded a Stryker rifle company during the Surge in 2007–08. Other assignments included peacekeeping in Bosnia, protocol duty in Korea, and exercise coordination with the Royal Thai Army. His work has received support from the Richard Hugo House in Seattle and the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and his fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in One Story, The Iowa Review, New England Review, Gulf Coast, and Witness.
Susan Rich is the author of five books, most recently, Cloud Pharmacy (White Pine Press). She is the winner of the PEN USA Award for Poetry and the Times Literary Supplement Award, London. Her poems have been published in all 50 states including in such journals as the Antioch Review, Harvard Review, Michigan Quarterly Review and Poetry Ireland. Along with Kelli Agodon, she is cofounder of Poets on the Coast, a yearly writing retreat that takes place in La Conner, WA each September.
Martha Silano is the author of four books of poetry, including Reckless Lovely and The Little Office of the Immaculate Conception, both from Saturnalia Books. She also co-edited, with Kelli Russell Agodon, The Daily Poet: Day-By-Day Prompts For Your Writing Practice. Her poems have recently appeared in Poetry, Beloit Poetry Journal, Grist, and elsewhere. Gravity Assist, her fifth collection, will appear in early 2019 from Saturnalia Books. Martha teaches at Bellevue College.
Lena Khalaf Tuffaha is a poet, writer, and translator. She is the winner of the 2016 Two Sylvias Chapbook Prize for Arab in Newsland, and the author of Water & Salt, a book of poems from Red Hen Press published in April 2017.