Early October Surprise
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.
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...