Mark  Conway-rivers of the driftless region

Mark Conway

Bio

Mark Conway is the author of three books of poetry. His poems have appeared in the Academy of American Poets’ Poem-a-Day series, The American Poetry Review, Bomb, Harvard Review, Kenyon Review On-line, The Paris Review, PBS NewsHour, Ploughshares, and Slate, along with critical essays in the Oxford Encyclopedia of American Literature. He has received fellowships from the McKnight Foundation, Jerome Foundation, the Corporation of Yaddo and the MacDowell Colony. He lives north of the driftless region in the Avon hills of Minnesota.

Sessions

Poetry Reading: Tommy Pico and Mark Conway

From the Winner of the Whiting Award, an American Book Award, and finalist for a Lambda, Tommy Pico's Feed is an epistolary recipe for the main character, a poem of nourishment, and a jaunty walk through New York's High Line park, with the lines, stanzas, paragraphs, dialogue, and registers approximating the park's cultivated gardens of wildness. Mark Conway’s spare and imaginistic poems in rivers of the driftless region concern the implications of eternity: which offers no past or future but rather an ever-present now.nThe book is described by Mary Szybist “a dazzling quest-rodeo of the inner life” that takes us “inside the lush, divided terrain of the mind.” Join these two poets as they read from their latest collections.

Introducer: Sandra Meek

Sandra Meek has published six books of poems, including Still (Persea, January 2020), An Ecology of Elsewhere, Road Scatter, and the Dorset Prize-winningBiogeography. Recipient of an NEA Fellowship in Poetry, the Poetry Society of America’s Lucille Medwick Memorial Award, three Georgia Author of the Year awards, and two Peace Corps Writers awards, she is co-founding editor of Ninebark Press, director of the Georgia Poetry Circuit, poetry editor of the Phi Kappa Phi Forum, and Dana Professor of English, Rhetoric, and Writing at Berry College.

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rivers of the driftless region

Conway’s spare, imagistic poems concern the implications of eternity: which offers no past or future but rather an ever-present now.

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