Existential Philosopher, Spiritual Sage

Whether tackling the nature of human existence or relating experiences of grief, loss and crisis, poetry has the power to challenge our way of thinking. Poets play the role of existential philosopher and spiritual sage.

Sherwin Bitsui

Sherwin Bitsui is originally from White Cone, Ariz., on the Navajo Reservation. He is Diné of the Todich’ii’nii (Bitter Water Clan), born for the Tl’izilani (Many Goats Clan). He is the author of "Shapeshift," "Flood Song" and "Dissolve....

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Gina Franco

Gina Franco book of poems, "The Accidental," was awarded the 2019 CantoMundo Poetry Prize. Set primarily in the borderlands of the American southwest, the collection reflects on the strangeness of accident and its role in creating the lives we are born into....

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Major Jackson

Major Jackson is the author of five books of poetry, including "The Absurd Man," "Roll Deep," "Holding Company," "Hoops" and "Leaving Saturn," which won the Cave Canem Poetry Prize for a first book of poems....

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