Poets David St. John and Anna Journey will join moderator David Lehman, for what promises to be a great event on Tuesday, October 9th at the New School. David St. John’s new book The Auroras (Harper) is the first collection of new poems in eight years from the National Book Award finalist, while Anna Journey’s collection, Vulgar Remedies (Louisiana State University Press) will be released next year.
David St. John has been honored, over the course of his career, with many of the most significant prizes for poets, including fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, both the Rome Fellowship and an Award in Literature from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, the O. B. Hardison Prize (a career award for teaching and poetic achievement) from The Folger Shakespeare Library, and the George Drury Smith Lifetime Achievement Award. In addition to The Auroras, David St. John is the author of ten collections of poetry (including Study for the World’s Body, nominated for The National Book Award in Poetry), as well as a volume of essays, interviews, and reviews entitled Where the Angels Come Toward Us. He is the co-editor, with Cole Swensen, of American Hybrid: A Norton Anthology of New Poetry. He teaches in The Ph. D. Program in Literature and Creative Writing at The University of Southern California and lives in Venice Beach.
If Birds Gather Your Hair for Nesting (University of Georgia Press, 2009), selected by Thomas Lux for the National Poetry Series. She received a fellowship in poetry from the National Endowment for the Arts and teaches creative writing at the University of Southern California.