This Is Your Brain On Poetry

Sat, May 20, 2023

Three poets from across the contemporary poetry landscape discuss their influences and interests while sampling from their powerful latest work.

About the authors

JANINE JOSEPH is a poet and librettist from the Philippines. She is the author of Decade of the Brain and Driving Without a License, winner of the Kundiman Poetry Prize, and co-editor of Undocupoetics: An Introduction, forthcoming from Harper Collins/Harper Perennial. A co-organizer for Undocupoets and MacDowell Fellow, she is associate professor of creative writing at Oklahoma State University and the inaugural Dean’s Distinguished Visiting Scholar at Virginia Tech. READ MORE ABOUT JANINE

CRYSTAL SIMONE SMITH is a poet, indie-publisher, and educator. Her work has appeared in numerous journals including Prairie Schooner, POETRY Magazine, Crab Orchard Review, Frogpond, and Modern Haiku. In 2020, she received a Duke University Humanities Unbounded Fellowship. She writes poetry about the human condition and social change. READ MORE ABOUT CRYSTAL.

MAUREEN SHERBONDYis a poet and fiction writer from Durham, North Carolina. She has published eleven poetry collections, one short story collection, and one young adult novel. Her work has appeared in Southern Humanities Review, Harpur Palate, European Judaism, Calyx, Litro, and many other journals. READ MORE ABOUT MAUREEN

About the Host
Terry L. Kennedy is the author of the poetry collection, New River Breakdown. Previous work appears in a variety of literary journals and magazines including Birmingham Poetry Review, Cave Wall, and Southern Review, and has been anthologized in, most recently, You Are the River: Literature Inspired by the North Carolina Museum of Art. A new collection, You Are What the Light Leaves Hidden is forthcoming in 2023. He currently serves as the Director of the MFA Writing Program at UNC Greensboro where he edits The Greensboro Review.