R193. Putting Together a First Book: Kate Tufts Winners Tell How They Did It

C125-126, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1
Thursday, March 28, 2019
12:00 pm to 1:15 pm


How does a poet go about putting together a first book? Winners of the Kate Tufts Discovery Award will discuss the writing, compiling, and publishing of their first books, delving into the setbacks, failures, and rejections they experienced as well as the acceptances and successes.



Barbara Hamby is the author of six books of poems, most recently Bird Odyssey and On the Street of Divine Love from the Pitt Poetry Series. She was a 2010 Guggenheim fellow, and her book of short stories, Lester Higata’s 20th Century, won the 2010 Iowa Short Fiction Award.

Adrian Blevins’s third full-length collection of poems, Appalachians Run Amok, is the recipient of the Wilder Prize from Two Sylvias Press and was published in 2018. Blevins is also the author of Live from the Homesick Jamboree, The Brass Girl Brouhaha, and other books.

Cate Marvin teaches at the College of Staten Island, City University of New York. Her most recent book of poems is Oracle.

Phillip B. Williams is the author of the poetry collection Thief in the Interior. He currently teaches at Bennington College.


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