50 Years of Fire: A Reading to Celebrate AGNI

Wednesday, March 8, 2023
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm


For fifty years, AGNI has published international literature that transforms, combusts, and burns bright. Join us for a virtual reading that celebrates AGNI’s legacy and envisions its future with some of our dynamic contributors. These poets, writers, and translators from across the globe will come together to give a reading and discuss their experiences with the magazine’s intimate, rigorous editorial process.

This event has been prerecorded, and will be available to watch on-demand online from March 8, 2023 to April 8, 2023.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: AGNI_50_Years_of_Fire_Event_Outline.pdf



Jennifer Alise Drew is AGNI’s editor at large and has been an editor at the magazine since 2003. She’s worked as an editor for numerous other publishers including Grove/Atlantic, Houghton Mifflin, Open City Books, and Simon & Schuster, and has published essays in The Iowa Review, Slice, and others.

Cyrus Cassells is the current Poet Laureate of Texas. His eighth book is The World That the Shooter Left Us (Four Way Books, 2022). Among his several honors: a Guggenheim fellowship, a Lannan Literary Award, a Lambda Literary Award, two NEA grants, and an NAACP Image Award finalist nomination.

Jamie Quatro is the author of the story collection I Want To Show You More and the novel Fire Sermon, both from Grove Press. A visiting professor in the MFA program at Sewanee and a contributing editor at Oxford American, she lives in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Dzvinia Orlowsky is an award-winning author of six poetry collections including Bad Harvest. She is co-recipient of an NEA translation grant and co-translator of Eccentric Days of Hope & Sorrow: Selected Poems by Natalka Bilotserkivets, a finalist for the 2022 International Griffin Poetry Prize.

Lia Purpura authored nine collections (essays, poems, and translations) most recently, All the Fierce Tethers (essays.) Her awards include Guggenheim, NEA, and Fulbright Fellowships, and five Pushcarts. On Looking (essays) was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. She teaches at UMBC.


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