Peach Picking

Kwame Dawes is the author of twenty-two books of poetry, most recently Nebraska (University of Nebraska Press, 2019), as well as numerous books of fiction, criticism, and essays. He is Glenna Luschei Editor of Prairie Schooner and teaches at the University of Nebraska and the Pacific MFA Program. He is also director of the African Poetry Book Fund and artistic director of the Calabash International Literary Festival. His many honors include an Emmy, the Forward Poetry Prize, a Guggenheim fellowship, and the Windham-Campbell Prize for Poetry. In 2021, Dawes was named editor of the nationally syndicated “American Life in Poetry” column.

Watching the Evening Begin in Fano

Anne Wright was born in New York City and grew up in Greenwich, Connecticut. After graduating from Wheelock College in 1950 she taught for forty-two years, working with students from nursery school up to a program for young adults. She met and married James Wright in 1967 in New York City, which became their home. After James’s death in 1980, she edited the following of his books: This Journey (Vintage, 1982); Collected Prose (University of Michigan Press, 1983); The Secret Field: Selections from the Final Journals of James Wright (Logbridge-Rhodes, 1985); Above the River: The Complete Poems (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1992); and The Delicacy and Strength of Lace: Letters Between Leslie Marmon Silko and James Wright (Graywolf, 2009). The couple collaborated on a book of prose pieces, The Summers of Annie and James Wright: Sketches and Mosaics (Sheep Meadow, 1981); and Anne co-edited with Saundra Rose Maley A Wild Perfection: The Selected Letters of James Wright (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2005).

Ten Letters

Praise the Winters Gone: Introduction to a Selection of Ten Letters by James Wright

Jonathan Blunk is a poet, essayist, and radio producer. His works include the authorized biography James Wright: A Life in Poetry (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2017) and the essay “ ‘Living Toward That Voice’: James Wright Transfixing and Transfixed,” which appeared in The Georgia Review (Winter 2017). Blunk’s work can also be found in such journals as the American Poetry Review, Poets & Writers, and FIELD magazine.

The Napkin

Cathy Smith Bowers’ collections of poetry include Like Shining from Shook Foil (2010), The Candle I Hold Up to See You (2009), and A Book of Minutes (2004), and her poems have appeared in publications such as Poetry, the Southern Review, Kenyon Review, and Ploughshares. For many years the poet-in-residence at Queens University of Charlotte, Bowers currently teaches in the low-residency MFA program at Queens and in the Haden Institute Spiritual Direction and Dream Leadership programs. From 2010 to 2012, she was poet laureate of North Carolina.

on The Two Roads Taken by Dannie Abse

Robert Schnall lives in Cleveland, Ohio, and has been reviewing poetry books for many years. His work has appeared in Boston Review, Harvard Review, and the Missouri Review.

on The Solid Form of Language by Robert Bringhurst

on On Bullshit by Harry G. Frankfurt

on Running with the Bulls by Valerie Hemingway

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