Tracy K. Smith & David Lehman

Photo of Tracy K. SmithPhoto of David LehmanComposite photo of Chen Chen, Rachel Eliza Griffiths, Nancy Miller Gomez, and Dora MalechLive via Zoom: 
Tuesday, November 9, 7:30 PM ET
Tracy K. Smith and David Lehman present The Best American Poetry 2021
Featuring Chen Chen, Rachel Eliza Griffiths, Nancy Miller Gomez, and Dora Malech!

Greenlight is thrilled to welcome Pulitzer Prize winner and former U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith and series editor David Lehman to celebrate and commemorate the 2021 edition of The Best American Poetry. These poems explore and reckon with the difficult emotions exposed by a year of collective upheaval—from Covid-19 and the inequities it has exposed, to racialized police brutality and the terrorism of January 6th—and incalculable loss. From Terrance Hayes’s stirring tribute to George Floyd, to Louise Erdrich’s tender exploration of longing and isolation, to Rita Dove’s poignant examination of police violence as felt by young people, the work in this collection gives voice to the trauma, urgency, and bewilderment we’ve felt as a nation during this time. Smith and Lehman are joined by contributors to this year’s anthology for a reading and discussion of the making of an exceptional, essential collection.

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Tuesday, November 9, 2021 - 7:30pm

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NY
The Best American Poetry 2021 (The Best American Poetry series) Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9781982106638
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Published: Scribner - September 28th, 2021

The 2021 edition of the leading collection of contemporary American poetry is guest edited by the former US Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith, providing renewed proof that this is “a ‘best’ anthology that really lives up to its title” (Chicago Tribune).


There's a Revolution Outside, My Love: Letters from a Crisis Cover Image
By Tracy K. Smith (Editor), John Freeman (Editor)
$16.95
ISBN: 9780593314692
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Published: Vintage - May 11th, 2021

This kaleidoscopic portrait of an unprecedented time brings together some of our most treasured writers today—Edwidge Danticat, Layli Long Soldier, Monica Youn, Julia Alvarez, Reginald Dwayne Betts, Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor—to give voice to the unthinkable grief and hopeful possibilities born in an era of revolution and change.


Such Color: New and Selected Poems Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781644450673
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Published: Graywolf Press - October 5th, 2021

“Tracy K. Smith’s poetry is an awakening itself.” —Vogue


When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities (A. Poulin) Cover Image
By Chen Chen, Jericho Brown (Foreword by)
$16.00
ISBN: 9781942683339
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Published: BOA Editions - April 11th, 2017

In this ferocious and tender debut, Chen Chen investigates inherited forms of love and family--the strained relationship between a mother and son, the cost of necessary goodbyes--all from Asian American, immigrant, and queer perspectives. Holding all accountable, this collection fully embraces the loss, grief, and abundant joy that come with charting one's own path in identity, life, and love.


Seeing the Body: Poems Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9781324005667
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - June 9th, 2020

An elegiac and moving meditation on the ways in which we witness "bodies" of grief and healing.


Punishment Cover Image
$6.00
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ISBN: 9781931307376
Published: Rattle - May 1st, 2018

This collection was inspired by Gomez’s experience teaching writing workshops to people serving time in the criminal justice system. It demonstrates the ways creative expression mends emotional wounds, bridges differences and reconnects us to our humanity. Punishment is a moving tribute to the redemptive power of poetry.


Stet: Poems Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9780691181448
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Published: Princeton University Press - October 30th, 2018

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