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New Works: Southern Debuts

March 16, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

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Southern poets Steven Leyva (The Understudy’s Handbook), Rodney Terich Leonard (Sweetgum & Lightning), and Diamond Forde (Mother Body) discuss recent debut collections.

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Diamond Forde‘s debut collection, Mother Body, is the winner of the 2019 Saturnalia Poetry Prize. Diamond has received numerous awards and prizes, including the Pink Poetry Prize, the Furious Flower Poetry Prize, CLA’s Margaret Walker Memorial Prize, and 3rd place in Frontier Poetry’s New Poets Award. She is a Callaloo and Tin House fellow, whose work has appeared in Massachusetts Review, Ninth Letter, NELLE, Tupelo Quarterly, among others. Diamond serves as the forthcoming editor of Southeast Review and lives in Tallahassee with her partner and their dog, Oatmeal.

Rodney Terich Leonard is the author of Sweetgum & Lightning (Four Way Books, 2021). His poems have been published in BOMBFour Way ReviewSouthern Humanities Review, The Cortland Review, Poems in the Afterglow, What Rough Beast, and other journals. A Callaloo poetry fellow, he holds an MFA in Poetry from Columbia University and lives in Manhattan.

Steven Leyva was born in New Orleans, Louisiana and raised in Houston, Texas. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in 2 Bridges Review, Scalawag, Nashville Review, jubilat, Vinyl, Prairie Schooner, and Best American Poetry 2020. A Cave Canem fellow, he is the author of the chapbook Low Parish and The Understudy’s Handbook, winner of the Jean Feldman Poetry Prize from Washington Writers Publishing House. Steven holds an MFA from the University of Baltimore, where he is an assistant professor in the Klein Family School of Communications Design.


March 16, 2021
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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