Poets Corner will host Richard Blanco, Carrie Fountain, Rajiv Mohabir

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Inaugural poet Richard Blanco will appear on ThePoetsCorner.org in conversation with fellow poets Carrie Fountain and Rajiv Mohabir, Sunday, May 1, 2022, 4-5:30 p.m., via Zoom. This event is brought to you in conjunction with Maine Media Workshops + College.

These three poets teach workshops and craft seminars during the fourth annual Writers Harbor(r) Poetry Week, June 27-July 1, at the Maine Media campus in Rockport.

To introduce these poets, Meg Weston, co-founder and director of The Poets Corner, will lead a conversation about their work, their creative practice and their approaches to teaching the art of poetry.

Additionally, Maine Media and The Poets Corner will announce the finalists, honorable mentions and winner of the 2022 Chapbook contest.

from Maine Richard Blanco is a presidential inaugural poet, public speaker, teacher and memoirist.

“His work invites us to reconnect with the core of the human experience and all of its beautiful diversity,” The Poets Corner said in a statement. “Blanco appeals to audiences around the world and inspires a new way of thinking and feeling the poetry of our time, making it an accessible, inclusive and transformative part of our daily lives.”

Carrie Fountain is a poet and novelist, and is the 2019 Texas Poet Laureate. She is the author of three books of poetry, Life, instant winner, and burn the lakewinner of the 2009 National Poetry Series Award. Her first children’s book, forest of poems, tells the story of American poet WS Merwin and the palm forest he created from scratch on the island of Maui.

She is the host of KUT’s This is Just to Say, a radio show and podcast where she has intimate conversations about life as a writer with other poets and writers.

Rajiv Mohabir is an Indo-Caribbean American author of three collections of poetry: The taxidermist’s haircut, Cowhered’s son, and worship; a translation book, I regret even the night; and its hybrid memories, Antiman. He is the winner of the 2015 Kundiman Prize, a 2015 PEN/Helm Translation Fund Fellowship, a finalist for the 2017 Lambda Literary Prize in Gay Poetry, and has received numerous grants.

He earned his MA in Poetry and Translation from Queen College, CUNY and his Ph.D. in English from the University of Hawaii.

To register for this May 1 event and more information: www.ThePoetsCorner.org/events

To register for a one-week online workshop and for more information: www.mainemedia.edu

The Poets Corner is a platform created to foster community among writers and readers of poetry and short prose. Founded by former Maine Media Workshops + College President Meg Weston and author/writing coach Kathrin Seitz, The Poets Corner is based in Mid-coast Maine and hosts virtual readings on the second Sunday of each month.


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