The New Year's New Harrieteers

By Poetry Foundation

As we get settled in this new year, we are pleased to welcome a new round of Harriet bloggers. While we'll still host posts from Anselm, Edwin, Melissa, John, and Amber in the coming weeks, we'll also be hearing from Sina Queyras, Thom Donovan, Bhanu Kapil, Fred Moten, Sotère Torregian, and Craig Santos Perez, all wonderfully astute poets and critics.

We're lucky to have them here for the start of the new year and the new decade.

Please check out their full bios after the jump and join us in wishing them a warm welcome.

Sotère Torregian is an American poet, born in Newark, New Jersey on June 25, 1941. He attended Rutgers University, and taught briefly at the Free University of New York and Stanford University, where he helped establish the Afro-American studies program in 1969. In the mid-1960s he was associated with the “New York School” of poets. At that time he proposed a kind of American “orthodox Surrealism” (following the dictates of André Breton), based on “reinterpretations of surrealist stands on Revolutionary perspectives in art, poetry, and theology.” He presently resides in Stockton, California.

Sina Queyras grew up on the road in western Canada and she has since lived in Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal, New York, Philadelphia and Calgary where she was Markin Flanagan Writer in Residence. She is the author most recently of Unleashed (BookThug), a selection of posts from the first four years of her blog. Her previous collection of poetry, Expressway (Coach House 2009) was nominated for a Governor General’s Award and a selection from that book won Gold in the National Magazine Awards. Lemon Hound (Coach House 2006) won a Lambda Award and the Pat Lowther Award. In 2005 she edited Open Field: 30 Contemporary Canadian Poets, for Persea Books. She is contributing editor at Drunken Boat where she has curated folios on Conceptual Writing and Visual Poetry. She has taught creative writing at Rutgers, Haverford and Concordia University in Montreal where she currently resides.

Craig Santos Perez, a native Chamoru from the Pacific Island of Guahan (Guam), is the co-founder of Achiote Press ( and author of the poetry book from unincorporated territory [hacha] (Tinfish Press, 2008). He received an MFA from the University of San Francisco and is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Comparative Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. He blogs at

Thom Donovan lives in New York City where he edits Wild Horses of Fire weblog ( and coedits ON Contemporary Practice with Michael Cross and Kyle Schlesinger. He is a participant in the Nonsite Collective and a curator for the SEGUE reading series (NYC). He holds a Ph.D. in English from the University at Buffalo and teaches at Bard College, Baruch College, and School of Visual Arts. For an overview of his current projects and links to his poetry and criticism see Wild Horses of Fire.

Fred Moten lives in Durham, North Carolina, where he teaches English and African and African American Studies at Duke University. He is author of Arkansas (Pressed Wafer), In the Break: The Aesthetics of the Black Radical Tradition (University of Minnesota Press), I ran from it but was still in it. (Cusp Books), Hughson’s Tavern (Leon Works) and B Jenkins (Duke University Press).

Bhanu Kapil lives in Colorado where she teaches writing and thinking at Naropa University’s Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics, as well as Goddard College’s low-residency MFA. She has written three full-length works of poetry/prose: The Vertical Interrogation of Strangers (Kelsey Street Press), Incubation: a space for monsters (Leon Works), and humanimal [a project for future children] (Kelsey Street Press)..

Originally Published: January 4th, 2010
  1. January 4, 2010
     Mark Mitchell

    Not having heard of a lot of these folks, the bios made me very curious for what the new year might bring.

  2. January 4, 2010
     Steven Fama

    Always nice to have new voices add to the fun around here. But I have a question: do bloggers here, new and old, get paid?\r

    I'm curious. I read this past weekend in the Indy Star or was it the Chicago Trib that this here website had an initial investment of more than a million bucks, and the ol' Foundation, in Lilly money alone has somewhere between 100 and 200 million. That made me start thinkin' . . . \r

    The poets who write for it better be getting something, and actually they better be getting a lot, is all I gotta say.\r

    Poets are supposed to tell the truth, yes? I look in vain at previous posts. Nobody says what they get paid. Or have I missed it?

  3. January 4, 2010
     Cheryl Holtz

    I run a social poetry site on MySpace called "The Creative Poetry Corral" (aka CPC). We have a wonderful group of writers who participate. I think this site is interesting. I would like to promote this site on the CPC as a resource. Would that be OK?

  4. January 6, 2010
     Bhanu Kapil

    To summarize: I broke my tooth on some insanely rigid garlic bread at King Sooper's, that I nibbled at as I was wandering around doing my weekly "shop" in Colorado. The cost of the subsequent dentistry was/is almost precisely covered by what I will be paid to blog at Harriet, which I have not yet begun to do, due to being in a hollow in Vermont. If I do not begin, out of shyness, though I am not shy, I just feel silly to be so late in beginning, then: I guess I am out of pocket when it comes to my emergency dental procedure. "Put your money where your mouth is." I hope this satsifies your preliminary enquiry, Mr. Fama.