Teach Living Poets with Nicole Tong and Kimiko Hahn
Thursday, October 29th 12 p.m. via Crowdcast
About the Event
Inaugural Fairfax Poet Laureate, Nicole Tong, and poet, Kimiko Hahn, discuss the importance of teaching the works of living poets to help ignite the imaginations of their students. Tong is the author of the poetry collection, How to Prove a Theory, winner of the 2017 Jean Feldman Poetry Prize. Jennifer Atkinson says, “The evidence Nicole Tong’s How to Prove a Theory offers is a testimony of storms and tides, of memory and tested insights, each deeply moving poem a thought experiment, a theory to explain the inexplicable.” Hahn’s latest collection, Foreign Bodies, uses languages reminiscent of the Japanese tanka. BOMB calls it “a striking, shapeshifting volume from ‘one of the most fascinating female poets of our time’”.
About Nicole Tong
Nicole Tong is the recipient of fellowships from the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the Vermont Studio Center, and George Mason University where she received her MFA. Tong served as an inaugural Writer-in-Residence at Pope-Leighey House, a Frank Lloyd Wright property. Her writing has appeared in American Book Review, CALYX, Cortland Review, and Yalobusha Review, among others. Her debut collection How to Prove a Theory won the 2017 Jean Feldman Poetry Prize.
About Kimiko Hahn
Kimiko Hahn’s most recent collection of poetry, Foreign Bodies (W.W. Norton, 2020), is an exploration of how objects possess everything from an intimate moment to current events. Hahn, whose honors include a Guggenheim Fellowship PEN/Voelcker Award, and Shelley Memorial Prize, is a distinguished professor in the MFA Program in Creative Writing & Literary Translation at Queens College, City University of New York.