Malachi Black, Laurie Ann Guerrero and A. Van Jordan

The New Sonneteers

Monday, April 11, 2016, 7:30 pm
Folger Theatre
Co-sponsored with Letras Latinas, the literary initiative at the University of Notre Dame's Institute for Latino Studies
“Black, like a few other younger poets, is willing to include all the traditional effects of the lyric poem in his work, but he has set them going in new and lively ways. . .”
--- Mark Jarman, poet
These three diverse and talented poets have one thing in common--each tackle the sonnet in their most recent collections and, in doing so, breathe new life into a centuries-old form. Malachi Black is the author of Storm Toward Morning, a finalist for the Poetry Society of America's Norma Farber First Book Award, and two limited-edition chapbooks: Quarantine and Echolocation. Black is the recipient of a Ruth Lilly Fellowship and is a professor at the University of San Diego.
Laurie Ann Guerrero, currently San Antonio’s Poet Laureate, won the 2012 Andrés Montoya Poetry Prize for her first full-length collection, A Tongue in the Mouth of the Dying. Her latest collection is A Crown for Gumecindo.
A. Van Jordan is the author of Cineaste, Rise, M-A-C-N-O-L-I-A, and Quantum Lyrics. Among other awards, he has received the Whiting Award, the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, the PEN/Oakland Josephine Miles Award, and the Pushcart Prize. 
Moderating the post-reading conversation is poet and award-winning teacher Donna Denizé. Denizé is the author of poetry collection Broken Like Job and is the Chairman of the English Department at St. Albans School for Boys, where she teaches Shakespeare, American literature, and freshman English.
From Quarantine
      . . . You put that sugar
in the melon’s breath, and it is wet
with what you are. (I, too, ferment.)
You rub the hum and simple warmth
of summer from afar into the hips
of insects and of everything.
I can forget. 
And like the sea,
one more machine without a memory, 
I don’t believe that you made me. 
From Storm Toward Morning © 2014 by Malachi Black, published by Copper Canyon Press. Used with permission.