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The Ivy is pleased to welcome Leah Naomi Green for a reading from her new collection of poems The More Extravagant Feast. Leah will be in conversatiom with fellow poet Dora Malech.
The More Extravagant Feast focuses on the trophic exchanges of a human body with the world via pregnancy, motherhood, and interconnection—the acts of making and sustaining other bodies from one’s own, and one’s own from the larger world. Leah Naomi Green writes from attentiveness to the vast availability and capacity of the weedy, fecund earth and from her own human place within more-than-human life, death, and birth. Lyrically and spiritually rich, striving toward honesty and understanding, The More Extravagant Feast is an extraordinary book of awareness of our dependency on ecological systems—seen and unseen.
Leah Naomi Green is the author of The More Extravagant Feast, which was selected by Li-Young Lee for the Walt Whitman Award of the Academy of American Poets. Green is also the recipient of the 2021 Lucille Clifton Legacy Award. She teaches English and Environmental Studies at Washington and Lee University and lives in the mountains of Virginia where she, her partner, and their daughters homestead and grow food. Her chapbook, The Ones We Have, received the 2012 Flying Trout Chapbook prize. Her work has appeared in The Paris Review, Tin House, The Southern Review, Ecotone, Pleiades and Shenandoah.
Dora Malech is the author of Flourish (Carnegie Mellon University Press, 2020), Stet (Princeton University Press, 2018), Say So (Cleveland State University Poetry Center, 2011), and Shore Ordered Ocean (The Waywiser Press, 2009). Eris Press (Urtext Ltd) published Soundings, a selection of poems from Malech's first three books and a selection of her visual artwork, in 2019. With Laura T. Smith, she is currently co-editing a collection of American sonnets and essays on the American sonnet tradition, under contract with the University of Iowa Press. She has been the recipient of an Amy Clampitt Residency Award from the Amy Clampitt Fund, a Mary Sawyers Baker Prize from the Baker Artist Awards, a Ruth Lilly Poetry Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation, and a Writing Residency Fellowship from the Civitella Ranieri Foundation, and she has been the Distinguished Poet-in-Residence at Saint Mary's College of California and a visiting artist at the American Academy in Rome through its Visiting Artists and Scholars Program. She is a co-founder and former director of the arts engagement organization the Iowa Youth Writing Project. Having taught at institutions that include the University of Iowa, Augustana College in Illinois, and the International Institute of Modern Letters at Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand, she is now an assistant professor in The Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University, where she has received a Crenson-Hertz Award for Community Based Learning and Participatory Research, two Arts Innovation Grants, a Dean's Award for Excellence in Service, and a Catalyst Award for early career faculty. She serves on the advisory board of Writers in Baltimore Schools and as an associate editor of The Waywiser Press and Tupelo Quarterly.
TIME & DATE
Thursday, January 7, 2021 - 7:00pm