Readings from The Golden Shovel Anthology: New Poems Honoring Gwendolyn Brooks
Named by NY Times Poetry Editor Matthew Zapruder as one of seven “timeless collections of poetry,” alongside the work of Pablo Neruda and Frank O’Hara, The Golden Shovel Anthology: New Poems Honoring Gwendolyn Brooks has over 300 new poems by high school students to Pulitzer Prize winners. There is new work from Rita Dove, Sharon Olds, Nikki Giovanni, Elizabeth Berg, Ellen Hopkins, co-editor Patricia Smith, Richard Powers, Sharon Draper, Mark Doty, Danez Smith, Franny Choi and Eileen Myles. Booklist says of the anthology, “a substantial and dynamic contribution to American literature." Maggie Smith, in The Kenyon Review, writes, "The poems are as varied and dazzling as the poets who wrote them."
This Golden Shovel Anthology reading will include co-editor Peter Kahn, alongside local readers Asia Calcagno, Calvin Forbes, Rebecca Hazelton, Adam Levin, Natalie Richardson and Tony Trigilio. Participants in a special Golden Shovel workshop preceding the reading will also read their work.
Tara Betts is the author of Break the Habit and Arc & Hue. Tara is also one of the co-editors of The Beiging of America: Personal Narratives About Being Mixed Race in the 21st Century. Her work has appeared in POETRY, American Poetry Review, Essence, NYLON, and numerous anthologies. She is a Visiting Lecturer in the English Department at University of Illinois-Chicago.
Asia Calcagno has had poetry featured in Poetry, Smartish Pace, and Learn Then Burn 2. She has been awarded the Benjamin T. Marshall Poetry Prize and the Charles B. Palmer Poetry Prize from the Academy of American Poets. Asia is an MFA student at Bennington College.
Calvin Forbes teaches classes in literature, creative writing, and jazz history at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He is the author of Blue Monday and The Shine Poems and has received grants and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Illinois Arts Commission, and the Washington D.C. Commission on the Arts and has been a Fulbright fellow teaching at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark.
Rebecca Hazelton is the author of Fair Copy (Ohio State University Press, 2012) and Vow, (Cleveland State University Press), 2013. Her poems have appeared in AGNI, Southern Review, Boston Review, Best New Poets 2011, and Best American Poetry 2013 and Best American Poetry 2015. In 2014, she won a Pushcart Prize.
Adam M. Levin is a writer from River Forest, Illinois. He’s a founding member of the University of Wisconsin’s First Wave Learning Community and Young Chicago Authors’ Teaching Artist Corps, as well as the founder of Young Chicago Authors’ Emcee Wreckshop program. He’s a full-time spoken-word educator in the Chicagoland area.
Natalie Richardson is a recent graduate of the University of Chicago, where she studied English Literature and Comparative Race & Ethnic Studies. She is currently a fellow at the Rebuild Foundation on Chicago's south side working in their youth arts education department.
Tony Trigilio’s most recent collection of poetry is Inside the Walls of My Own House (BlazeVOX [books], 2016). He is the editor of Dispatches from the Body Politic (Essay Press, 2016) and Elise Cowen: Poems and Fragments (Ahsahta Press, 2014). He co-edits Court Green, and is an Associate Editor for Tupelo Quarterly. He is a Professor of Creative Writing/Poetry at Columbia College Chicago.