Wilder Words 24PearlStreet Faculty Reading 2023
Thursday, June 1, 2023
Brendan Constantine is a poet based in Los Angeles. He is the author of five full-length collections, including Dementia, My Darling (2016 Red Hen) and Letters to Guns (2009 Red Hen). His work has appeared in Poetry, The Nation, Best American Poetry, Poem-A-Day, and in numerous other journals and anthologies. A popular performer, Brendan Constantine has presented his work to audiences throughout the U.S. and Europe, also appearing on NPR’s All Things Considered, TED-ED, numerous podcasts, and YouTube. He currently teaches creative writing at the Windward School and, since 2017, has been developing poetry workshops for people with Aphasia and Traumatic Brain Injuries.
Oliver de la Paz is the Poet Laureate of Worcester, MA for 2023-2025. He is the author and editor of seven books: Names Above Houses, Furious Lullaby, Requiem for the Orchard, Post Subject: A Fable, and The Boy in the Labyrinth, a finalist for the Massachusetts Book Award in Poetry. His newest work, The Diaspora Sonnets, is forthcoming from Liveright Press in 2023. With Stacey Lynn Brown he co-edited A Face to Meet the Faces: An Anthology of Contemporary Persona Poetry. Oliver de la Paz serves as the co-chair of the Kundiman advisory board. His work has appeared in The New York Times, Poetry, American Poetry Review, and elsewhere. He has received grants from the NEA, NYFA, the Artist’s Trust, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and has been awarded multiple Pushcart Prizes. He teaches at the College of the Holy Cross and in the Low-Residency MFA Program at PLU.
Martha Rhodes is the author of five poetry collections, most recently The Thin Wall and is widely published in journals. She teaches at the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College and is the publisher and executive editor of Four Way Books. She lives in New York City.
Deborah Jackson Taffa is the director of the MFA CW program at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, NM. Winner of the PEN Jean Stein Grant, her memoir WHISKEY TENDER is forthcoming from HarperCollins Harper in 2023. A recipient of fellowships from MacDowell, Hedgebrook, Tin House, Public Space, Rona Jaffe, and the University of Iowa in Iowa City where she earned her MFA degree in Creative Writing, she is a citizen of the Quechan (Yuma) Nation and Laguna Pueblo. Her work can be found in the Boston Review, LARB, A Public Space, Salon, and elsewhere.