The Republican Party is going to accuse me of attempting to steal John McCain’s thunder today with an early October Surprise, and if I had posted this last week instead of today, ditto for the Democrats. So be it. I am happy to announce the latest round of Harriet writers, and if the media decides to run with this story, well, sorry RNC.
I’m back as Harriet editor from summer hiatus, and I’d like to first thank Alan Gilbert, Mark Nowak, D.A. Powell, Lucia Perillo, and Reginald Shepherd for a marvelous three-month run of posts. You will all be missed, though I hope we will continue to hear from you, especially as election season gets underway.
Which brings me to this fall’s lineup, which features poets from all over the map, including the UK. Please welcome Lavinia Greenlaw, from across the Atlantic; Forrest Gander in Rhode Island; Alaska’s very own Olena Kalytiak Davis; Javier Huerta in Berkeley, CA; a little further down the coast, Wanda Coleman in Los Angeles; and in October, Cathy Park Hong will join us from New York. Welcome to all of you.

Originally Published: September 4th, 2008

Poet and filmmaker Nick Twemlow is a senior editor of the Iowa Review and co-editor of Canarium Books. His first collection of poetry, Palm Trees (2012), won the Norma Farber first book award from the Poetry Society of America. Judge Timothy Liu noted of Twemlow’s work, “Reading Twemlow gives one a deep sense about what's exciting...

  1. September 4, 2008
     Kent Johnson

    Here's a September surprise: One of the most amazing photographs you will ever see, posted today on Dale Smith's Possum Ego blog. Could this be our next President?

  2. September 4, 2008
     Kent Johnson

    Dumb, dumb, dumb. I forgot about Photoshop...

  3. September 4, 2008
     Barbara Jane

    Javier Huerta, Wanda Coleman and Cathy Park Hong - awesome to see their names here. Can't wait to read their posts.

  4. September 4, 2008
     Michael Robbins

    Kent, even were the pic real she would not be our next president. But that glass ceiling has about 18,000,000 cracks in it!

  5. September 5, 2008

    It looks like an interesting lineup. I'm happy to see Javier Huerta! Javier is brilliant and kind.

  6. September 6, 2008
     Kent Johnson

    Thanks for that correction, Michael. Governor Palin seems to have made me even more excitable and muddle-headed than usual...