Tucson Festival of Books

The Intimacies of Place

Three poets discuss how intimacy, identity, and physical place has influenced their poetic works.

Gabrielle Bates

Gabrielle Bates is the author of the poetry collection "Judas Goat" (Tin House, 2023), a New York Times Book Review Shortlist pick and an NPR Best Book of 2023. Originally from Birmingham, Alabama, Bates currently lives in Seattle, where she works for Open Books: A Poem Emporium and co-hosts the podcast "The Poet Salon....

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Mari Herreras

Mari Herreras is a poet, journalist, mother and a fifth generation Tucsonan. "At Grande and Congress" is her debut collection. Herreras writes about family, the tender complexities of identity and being Chicana and life in a gentrifying desert city....

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T.C. Tolbert

T.C. Tolbert (he/him/hey grrrl) is a trans and genderqueer monkey-goat who lives in Tucson, Ariz., where s/he is the current Poet Laureate. Publications include "Gephyromania" and five chapbooks including "The Quiet Practices," winner of the 2023 Chad Walsh Chapbook Prize at Beloit Poetry Journal....

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Judas Goat
Gabrielle Bates
WW Norton
January 2023
ISBN 9781953534644
104 pages

The Quiet Practices
T.C. Tolbert
Beloit Poetry Journal
October 2023
ISBN 9781732041158

At Grande and Congress
Mari Herreras
R&R Press
June 2023
ISBN 9798985731828
65 pages