Whereas April 2016 brought us “Three Daughters of Eve,” with 3 amazing poets (who are women); April 2, 2017, brings us  “Madam I’m Adam,”  with inspiring poems by award-winning, published poets (who are men). Help us celebrate National Poetry Month with music, southern-style barbecue, and readings by some of the best poets in the U.S.

Ken+HartKenneth Hart

Poems of Kenneth Hart have been published in Arts & Letters, North American Review, Mead, Mississippi Review, Barrow Street, The Bellingham Review, Paterson Literary Review, and Poet Lore, and his book reviews appear regularly in Journal of New Jersey Poets. He is the 2007 co-winner of the Allen Ginsberg Award, and the recipient of the 2008 editor’s prize for New Ohio Review. His poem “Keep America Beautiful” was read by Garrison Keillor on The Writer’s Almanac in 2009. Hart’s book, Uh Oh Time was selected by Mark Jarman as winner of the 2007 Anhinga Prize for Poetry. He is currently Poetry Editor for The Florida Review.

Ken received an MFA from Warren Wilson College, teaches writing at New York University and works in the family roofing business. He lives in Long Valley, NJ and spends his summers in Alaska.

“Engaged by contemporary American life at every level, from the down-and-out to the urban sublime, the poems in Kenneth Hart’s UH OH TIME have at their core a sensitive, lonely individual who has a marvelous way with words. Whether he is conversing with a Russian lap dancer, writing an ode to the diner, or analyzing a mayfly’s husk on a shower curtain, the poet shows a genuine affection for his subjects — an affection embodied in language that is always rich, complex, and various…This is a poet with heart” —Mark Jarman

In addition to reading at the Poetry and BBQ festival on April 2, he will be leading a Teen Writers poetry workshop on Saturday, April 1.

brianturnerBrian Turner

Brian Turner earned an MFA from the University of Oregon and lived abroad in South Korea for a year before serving for seven years in the U.S. Army. He was deployed to Bosnia-Herzegovina in 1999-2000 with the 10th Mountain Division. In 2003 he was an infantry team leader in Iraq with the 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division. His first book, Here, Bullet, chronicles his time in Iraq.

Turner has been featured on National Public Radio, the Newshour with Jim Lehrer and the BBC. He has received a NEA Literature Fellowship in Poetry, the Amy Lowell Traveling Fellowship and a fellowship from the Lannan Foundation. Turner has taught English at Fresno City College.

In Brian Turner’s extraordinarily capable hands, language is war’s undoing, in the sense that his words won’t allow absurdity and terror to be anything less than real. My Life as a Foreign Country is a lyrical and restless book, shaped by a writer who believes language can make the world alive to us—even when that world is foreign and full of ghosts, even when we try to turn our backs on it. —Mark Doty

Read more about Brian Turner.

tony-hoagland-448Tony Hoagland

Known for humor and acerbic wit, Anthony Dey Hoagland’s books of poetry include Sweet Ruin (1992), which was chosen for the Brittingham Prize in Poetry and won the Zacharis Award from Emerson College; Donkey Gospel (1998), winner of the James Laughlin Award;  What Narcissism Means to Me (2003), a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award; Rain (2005); and Unincorporated Persons in the Late Honda Dynasty (2010). He has also published a collection of essays about poetry, Real Sofistakashun (2006).

He has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, O.B. Hardison Prize for Poetry and Teaching from the Folger Shakespeare Library, the Poetry Foundation’s Mark Twain Award and the Jackson Poetry Prize from Poets & Writers. 

Tony Hoagland’s father was an Army doctor, and Hoagland grew up on various military bases throughout the South. He was educated at Williams College, the University of Iowa (B.A.), and the University of Arizona (M.F.A.). He currently teaches at the University of Houston and in the Warren Wilson MFA program.

“Tony Hoagland’s disarming poetry collection What Narcissism Means to Me has the appeal of a mean-but-funny friend, a smart aleck you can’t dismiss, he’s so entertaining and (most of the time) so spot on in his insights. Hoagland’s central subject is the self, specifically, a prickly, grandiose American masculine poetic self, or to be more specific still, what the author ruefully labels in one poem ‘a government called Tony Hoagland.”—The New York Times Book Review

Read Tony Hoagland on “Image out of Sound”