National Poetry Series Debut Collections: Slow Lightning or Big Bang?

125, Pennsylvania Convention Center, 100 Level
Saturday, March 26, 2022
3:20 pm to 4:35 pm


Debut collections chosen for the National Poetry Series represent a unique opportunity for poets to reach a wide audience from the start, more immediately and effectively connecting them to the writing community to contribute to the shaping of contemporary literary culture. But is it possible to prepare for the challenges and opportunities in order to make the most of them? A panel of 2019 and 2020 winners will discuss their paths to the prize and how it has affected them and their work.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: AWP_Event_Outline.pdf



Amanda Moore’s debut collection of poetry, Requeening, was selected for the 2020 National Poetry Series by Ocean Vuong and published by Ecco in October 2021. Her poems have appeared in journals and anthologies including Best New Poets and ZZYZVA. She is a high school English teacher.

Alexandria Hall is the author of Field Music, a winner of the National Poetry Series. She holds an MFA from New York University and is currently a PhD student in literature and creative writing at the University of Southern California.

Benjamin Garcia provides HIV/HCV/STD and opioid overdose prevention education to higher-risk communities in New York State. He has received scholarships from the Frost Place and the Palm Beach Poetry Festival. His work is forthcoming in Lambda Literary, Indiana Review, Boston Review, and elsewhere.

Teresa K. Miller


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