2020 National Poetry Series Winners
Tuesday, November 16 @ 12:00 pm
The National Poetry Series was established in 1978 to recognize and promote excellence in contemporary poetry by ensuring the publication of five books of poetry annually through participating publishers. In addition, the National Poetry Series has partnered with Miami Book Fair to award the Paz Prize in Poetry, which ensures bilingual publication for a book of poems written in Spanish. This conversation features Trevor Ketner on [WHITE], in conversation with the judge who selected their manuscript, Forrest Gander, Twice Alive. [WHITE] is a book born from obsessions – Rauschenberg’s art and tarot – laying them over one another to tease out a critique of whiteness in the arts that reflects on how we think of whiteness in America. Here is an examination of queer bodies, Rauschenberg traveling toward, through, and away from infamous lovers in pursuit of art and selfhood, while Ketner exposes the insidiousness of whiteness and its inescapable role in American history and art. With a special introduction by Daniel Halpern, founder of HarperCollins imprint Ecco and the National Poetry Series.