As Nightboat Books celebrates its 15th anniversary, this reading presents just a few of the books published in 2020 and 2021 that engage nuanced and inventive approaches to crucial contemporary issues. Each of these books implicitly expands the range of approaches to such issues and suggests pertinent and previously unexplored connections among them. The modes of engagement embraced by these works and their writers offer a gamut of tones and perspectives, all united by their dedication to writing as a tool of intervention and a vehicle of commitment to social, cultural, political and/or environmental change. Q&As after each reading will give listeners a chance to launch a dialogue around the issues raised and the ways that poetry can uniquely address them. With Carrie Hunter, Cole Swensen, Erica Hunt, Mónica de la Torre, Noah Ross.
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