This year's Poetry Reading and Awards Ceremony will feature readings by poets Michael Collier (this year's Poetry judge); Omowole Jesse N. Alexander and Lindsay Lusby.
Michael Collier is the author of seven books of poems: The Clasp and Other Poems; The Folded Heart; The Neighbor; The Ledge, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize; Dark Wild Realm, An Individual History, and My Bishop and Other Poems. He is also co-editor, with Charles Baxter and Edward Hirsch, of A William Maxwell Portrait. His translation of Euripides’s Medea appeared in 2006 and a collection of essays, Make Us Wave Back, in 2007. Collier has received Guggenheim and Thomas Watson fellowships, two National Endowment for the Arts fellowships, a "Discovery"/The Nation Award, the Alice Fay di Castagnola Award from the Poetry Society of America, and an Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Poet Laureate of Maryland from 2001–2004, he teaches in the Creative Writing Program at the University of Maryland.
Omowole Jesse N. Alexander is a performance and award-winning poet, Afrofuturist, micro-publisher and electrical engineer. His poetry has won second place in the First Food and Agriculture Organization's (FAO) Zero Hunger in the First World Food Day 2018 Contest, and placed as a finalist in the 1999 Paterson Literary Review's Allen Ginsberg Poetry Contest. He has been featured at Grace Cavalieri’s The Poet and the Poem 2020-21 Series, Words out Loud Virtual Reading, The Knitting Factory, Groove Drops, and the Sumei Multidisciplinary Center. His work has appeared in Free Black Space: Content and Code for those Living in the Black, Obsidian III: Literature in the African Diaspora, Sojourners Magazine, The Drumming Between Us: Black Love & Erotic Poetry and Drumvoices Revue: A Confluence of Literary, Cultural & Vision Arts.
Lindsay Lusby is the author of the poetry collection Catechesis: a postpastoral, winner of the Agha Shahid Ali Poetry Prize and winner of the 2015 Fairy Tale Review Poetry Contest. She is also the author of two chapbooks, Blackbird Whitetail Redhand and Imago. Her poems have been featured widely, including in New South, Gulf Coast, The Cincinnati Review, Passages North and Plume. Lusby’s visual poems have appeared in Dream Pop Press and Duende. Her first lyric essay—“You Never Think It Could Happen To You: A Reckoning with True Crime”—was published in the Fall 2020 issue of Waxwing. She is a Senior Poetry Reader for Cherry Tree and she edits poems at Tell Tell Poetry.