INTERVIEWS & SPOTLIGHTS: AIMEE NEZHUKUMATAHIL
Aimee Nezhukumatathil is the author of the New York Times best-selling illustrated collection of nature essays and Kirkus Prize finalist, WORLD OF WONDERS: IN PRAISE OF FIREFLIES, WHALE SHARKS, & OTHER ASTONISHMENTS (2020, Milkweed Editions), which was chosen as Barnes and Noble’s Book of the Year. She has four previous poetry collections: OCEANIC (Copper Canyon Press, 2018), LUCKY FISH (2011), AT THE DRIVE-IN VOLCANO (2007), and MIRACLE FRUIT (2003), the last three from Tupelo Press. Her most recent chapbook is LACE & PYRITE, a collaboration of epistolary garden poems with the poet Ross Gay. Her writing appears twice in the Best American Poetry Series, The New York Times Magazine, ESPN, Ploughshares, American Poetry Review, and Tin House.
Honors include a poetry fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Pushcart Prize, a Mississippi Arts Council grant, and being named a Guggenheim Fellow in poetry. In 2021, she became the first-ever poetry editor for SIERRA magazine, the story-telling arm of The Sierra Club. She is professor of English and Creative Writing in the University of Mississippi’s MFA program.
Read Aimee’s poem Invitation below, and register now for the 24PearlStreet Saturday Sprint The Edge of the Sea is a Strange & Beautiful Place: Hybrid Poems & Prose Experiments, Saturday, December 4, 2021
at night, by boat, you’ll see the arrangement
on earth, but I learned it’s okay to glance down
and chewy urchins will slide you west. Squid know
Underneath you, narwhals spin upside down
swim, you will find all the colors humans have not yet
scarlet and two kinds of violet when it silvers you near.
Listen how this planet spins with so much fin, wing, and fur.
Register now for the 24PearlStreet Saturday Sprint The Edge of the Sea is a Strange & Beautiful Place: Hybrid Poems & Prose Experiments, Saturday, December 4, 2021
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