Featured Poets

Kim AddoniziKim Addonizio

Kim Addonizio is the author of seven poetry collections, two novels, two story collections, and two books on writing poetry: The Poet’s Companion (with Dorianne Laux) and Ordinary Genius. Her poetry collection Tell Me was a finalist for the National Book Award. She also has two word/music CDS: Swearing, Smoking, Drinking, & Kissing (with Susan Browne) and My Black Angel, the companion to My Black Angel: Blues Poems and Portraits, a collaboration with woodcut artist Charles D. Jones. Her poetry has been translated into several languages including Spanish, Arabic, Italian, and Hungarian. Collections have been published in Spain, Mexico, Lebanon, and the UK. Addonizio’s awards include two fellowships from the NEA, a Guggenheim, two Pushcart Prizes, and other honors. She also plays harmonica with the word/music group Nonstop Beautiful Ladies. Her new books are a poetry collection, Mortal Trash (W.W. Norton), and a memoir, Bukowski in a Sundress: Confessions from a Writing Life (Penguin).

Rachel Eliza

Rachel Eliza Griffiths

Rachel Eliza Griffiths is a poet and visual artist. She is the author of four collections of poetry including Miracle Arrhythmia (Willow Books), The Requited Distance (Sheep Meadow Press), Mule & Pear (New Issues Poetry & Prose), and most recently, Lighting the Shadow (Four Way Books). Her visual and literary work has appeared widely including the New York Times, Poets & Writers, American Poetry Review, Callaloo, Guernica, Lit Hub, ESPNW, Apogee, Transition, and many others. Griffiths is the recipient of fellowships including Yaddo, Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, Vermont Studio Center, Millay Colony, and the Cave Canem Foundation. Her forthcoming photography exhibition, American Stanzas: 2006 - 2016, presents a decade of Griffiths' archival portraits of the Cave Canem Foundation, and will open at Poets House this fall. Her video project, P.O.P, which gathers more than 100 contemporary poets in intimate interviews, is now featured online by the Academy of American Poets. Currently, Griffiths teaches creative writing at Sarah Lawrence College and the Institute of American Indian Arts.

Virgil SuarezVirgil Suárez

Virgil Suárez was born in Havana, Cuba in 1962. He has lived in the United States since 1972, making his home mostly in California, Arizona, Louisiana, and Florida. He is the author, editor and translator of a multitude of books, including most recently the short story collection The Soviet Circus Comes to Havana & Other Stories, and of the poetry collection 90 Miles: Selected & New Poems. Mr. Suárez is the recipient of a National Endowment for The Arts Grant as well as an Individual Arts Grant Recipient from the State of Florida. Currently he is working on several projects including a new collection of poems titled Indigo. When he is not writing or making mixed-media art, he is out riding his Yamaha V-Star 1100 Motorcycle up and down the Blue Highways of these United States of America. During such trips, Mr. Suárez also photographs his travels. He is the father of two daughters and lives happily married in Key Biscayne, Florida.