Critical Poetry: Award-Winning Poets on Climate, Justice, and Contemporary Society
1:30 pm - 2:15 pm
Sunday, November 6, 2022
Capitol Extension Room E2.016
1100 Congress Avenue, Austin TX

Two poets’ new collections turn a critical eye on privilege, violence, and justice in the modern world. Roger Reeves’s Best Barbarian, which received the 2022 National Book Award for Poetry, explores issues of racism, climate catastrophe, and more, expanding into a captivating dialogue with figures of the past, from Sappho to James Baldwin. Renowned poet Jimmy Santiago Baca strikes at the heart of political and social injustice in No Enemies, a collection that finds him seeking hope as he writes of the ICE, educational systems, the environment, and the recent global pandemic.

Moderator: Sasha West, Poet—author of Failure and I Bury the Body and forthcoming How to Abandon Ship and associate professor of creative writing at St. Edward’s UniversityRoger Reeves, Jimmy Santiago Baca, Best Barbarian, No Enemies: Poems


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